At the Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor, based in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, we represent Canadian artists in all forms of media. Whether you’re looking for fine art, or custom framing, we can do it all. Take a look at works from local, national and international artists.
Nathalie Boissonnault was born in 1968, in Gaspésie (Québec, Canada). Interested in visual arts at a young age, Boissonnault signed up for her first art class at the age of eleven. After studying to become a graphic designer, she worked for the Ministry of Natural resources. In 2001, however, her desire to paint took over.
Nathalie Boissonnault’s work invites the viewer to explore an intimate universe, one which combines both fantasy and reality. Introspective, timeless, sometimes surrealist, her paintings reference poetry, literature and theater.
Gavin MacDougall is a Toronto-based artist. After attending the Ontario College of Art, Gavin had a successful career as a graphic artist specializing in sandblasted and painted glass design in several decorative glass shops in the Toronto area. To facilitate a career transition to his first loves, painting and drawing, he enrolled in the Fine Arts Studio Program at Centennial College where he is entering his second year.
My art reflects my fascination with the passage of time – growth, decay and regeneration; levels or planes of consciousness and understanding; and the effects of the subconscious and collective memory on our sense of self. Alongside my natural affinity for representative, fairly accurate draftsmanship, I intend to balance an expressive bravado in the handling of paint and colours that borders on the abstract. Hopefully this will result in what I might term, Neo-Expressive Realism.
Hugh Russel is a renowned Canadian sculptor whose figurative bronzes can be found in collections around the world. He trained and worked in the field of commercial art, and now applies that rigorous discipline to his sculpture.
Hugh’s bronzes include the eleven-foot Ridley Tiger, mascot of Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, a life-size statue of a cadet for St. Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario, and the Column of Brotherhood, commissioned by the Sikh community of Ontario for presentation to Pope John Paul II on at the Conference of Inter-religious Dialogue.
Russel’s Dancer Series and the more recent Horse Series continue his quest to capture the grace, tension and emotion of the human and equine forms.
Hugh rightly calls himself a storyteller. All of his meticulously researched and beautifully crafted pieces are more than just perfect portrayals of a particular person or animal, they record instants in time. “I want to you to see the change in the horse’s pace and feel the fatigue of the rider,” says Hugh, “I want to capture the moment the dancer lifts his head just before he leaps.”
The sculptor’s extraordinary knowledge of anatomy and his empathy for his subject matter combine with spectacular results. His sense of humour and whimsy add another dimension to his smaller pieces, which are often representations of animals in motion, or fantastical creatures and mythical beings.
Hugh Russel is a member of the Sculpture Society of Canada, a founding member of the Dufferin Arts Council and is proud to act as a juror for the Headwaters Arts Festival Annual Student Art Show. He believes passionately in the importance of arts education in primary and secondary schools.
Paula studied glass at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. She earned a BFA(hons)glass at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom. She has worked with a diverse group of internationally established artists which has allowed her to diversify and develop her work in other countries.
Paula explores the technical process of three-dimensional sculptural sandcasting, hot glass, and kiln casting She combines mixed mediums and found objects as part of her creative process to create tactile, erotic sculptures.
Paula’s work has always shown passion towards the human form as well as a fascination with the emotions which animate it. For someone interacting with one of these sculptures, the beauty and lyricism combine with an energy and tension which gives a dramatic qualify to her work.
One can appreciate my sculptures as a celebration of creation, regeneration and mortality. I create my own cultural identity in which the visual codes of my subconscious become reanimated. I creatively reconstruct the past and redefine its meaning.
My art gives form to the soul and entices the audience to interact and unravel the mysteries of who we are as human beings. Touch is as revealing as vision, and when this exchange happens the audience internalize and correlate a story unique to them.
Alexandre Zerbé was born in Montréal, in 1974.
Zerbé paints and draws everyday. Inspired by photographs he takes of his own city or from the ones he travels to, Zerbé chooses surprising viewpoints rather than the obviously traditional scenes. He is interested in the geometry of the urban landscape, the vertical and horizontal intersections of lines that make up a modern city.
Whether the subject is a person, a room’s interior or a cityscape, every part of the composition claims your attention at once. Your gaze moves across the image, settling nowhere. In a view through a window, chimney tops, telephone wires and balconies all seem equally meaningful and this experience of registering all of the information at once is akin to physically being in the scene.
Zerbé’s technique is stylized: he usually sketches compositions before beginning to paint, mindful not to “over-finish” a piece as he wants the liveliness of the sketch to remain visible. His purposely discernable brushstrokes, boldly unpredictable color choices like bright red skies, black contour lines adopted from the essence of drawing, and the calligraphy of his signature are all markers of his singular style.