World Art Day: Liquid Art Fest Artist Lineup
Art is integral to Collective Arts Brewing, it’s in our name! We believe that creativity fosters creativity and from the beginning, art and the artists who create it have fuelled so much of what we do and who we are.
So, World Art Day is pretty important to us. Marked on April 15, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, World Art Day is a global celebration of fine arts and has been commemorated every year since 2012
This year, we’re excited to celebrate by announcing our artist lineup for Liquid Art Fest 2019! These talented artists from throughout Canada and the U.S. will be painting murals live throughout our festival on June 14-15 at our brewery in Hamilton.
Large Format Mural Artists
Ola Volo and Werc will each be painting a new original mural on the outside of our brewery.
Ola Volo (BFA, Emily Carr University) is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms. Ola creates winding narratives that acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life.
Her work is widely recognized for its inventiveness and imaginative gesture; every character is full of spirited personality and inhabits a dynamic environment. Her work also lends itself often to the public realm with many of her murals helping to shape and beautify outdoor spaces across the world. As well as creating commissions for a wide range of international clients including Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon and Volkswagen, Ola also finds time to do her own gallery artwork.
Jari “Werc” Alvarez was born in Ciudad Juarez, CH, Mexico in 1980, and grew up in El Paso, TX, USA. He is a public artist currently based out of NYC and paints murals throughout the world. His studio-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries & museums, such as Musée de Aquitaine, MCASD, CAMLA, MOM, and are part of the Getty’s special collections, the Smithsonian American Art Archives and the Cheech Marin Chicano Art Collection. WERC has participated in several mural festivals and initiatives such as the UK’s See No Evil 2012, MX Color Walk 2014 and Peru & Paraguay’s Latido Americano 2016.
WERC has been named one of the Top 10 most talented street artists in New York City in recent years and his client list includes Sony Pictures, PANTONE, BVLGARI, Toyota, Google, the San Diego International Airport, amongst many others. He has been published in various books, magazines, and media including Mural Art, Artillery Magazine, Graffiti Planet, and others.
Collaborative Mural Artists
These artists will be working together to create a new mural at the festival and will be featured on our limited-edition Surround Sound Liquid Art Fest cans.
Heidi Berton is a freelance illustrator living and working in the west end of Toronto. She loves comics, hand lettering, screen printing and goofy characters. Her work has been featured in magazines, books, newspapers and advertising campaigns.
When she’s not drawing, you can probably find her watching old reruns of The Bachelor and spilling coffee on herself.
Blake Stevenson is the artist behind Jetpacks and Rollerskates. A pop culture addicted designer/illustrator from Toronto, he takes on each project armed with healthy balance of sugary cereals and Saturday morning cartoons. He’s the creator of such weekly web comics as CNET’s Low Latency and Domestic Yeti and Friends.
JUSTIN LEE, HALIFAX, NS
Justin Lee is a freelance illustrator living in Halifax, NS. Through his career he’s worn a lot of hats: graphic designer, illustrator, animation director, art director, ui/ux artist, production manager, storyboard artist, character designer, producer and other engaging and challenging roles.
Illustrator, designer, print maker – proudly Canadian. Robert John Paterson’s work is equal parts 1940s science fiction and 1960s graphic design. He approaches each illustration with the goal of expressing the most while showing the least. He loves to tell stories with his pictures by communicating complex ideas with simplified shapes and colours.