Narwhal Projects is pleased to present The Taxali 300
, a solo exhibition with Gary Taxali. Celebrating Gary’s career as a commercial illustrator, The Taxali 300
showcases hundreds of small illustrations and collages originally created for such esteemed publications as Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeneys among others. Spanning two decades and multiple awards and accolades, The Taxali 300
presents Gary’s exceptional collection of commercial illustration as a complete body of work in a gallery setting for the first time, allowing viewers to appreciate the prolific scope of visual communications and tactile character design intrinsically associated with Gary Taxali’s artwork.
Artist Lecture with Gary Taxali
Mon Feb 22 from 7-9pm
This will be an in depth lecture with Gary with limited seating available.
$10 admission, $5 with a valid student ID.
About Gary Taxali
Critically acclaimed artist, award-winning illustrator and sought-after toy designer Gary Taxali mixes vintage advertising vernacular with contemporary jest, to simultaneously question and embrace the absurdity of human behaviour. On vintage textbook pages and discarded aluminum street signs, Taxali’s original characters spill onto their chosen backdrop with cheeky abandonment. Illustration, painting, stamps, and silkscreen are cleverly collaged with Taxali’s signature wit, playing with notions of nostalgia and memory.
Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in 1968. A year later, he and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. The encouragement of his parents led Gary to take art classes as a child that eventually led him to pursue an art education. In 1991, he graduated from the Ontario College of Art and immediately began working as a professional illustrator. A few years later, he began showing in various exhibitions and galleries throughout North America and Europe. In 2005, he launched his first vinyl toy, The Toy Monkey, which included a special edition specifically created for The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Gary was also asked by the Whitney Museum to donate a limited edition print to be given to top donors at their annual fundraising Art Party. Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary also devotes a portion of his time traveling through lecturing and teaching at various arts organizations and schools such as The Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. He is a Founding Member of IPA (The Illustrators’ Partnership of America) and sits on the Advisory Board of 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration.