We create dreamlike images of mis-remembered places, structures and creatures in vivid colour, bold strokes and intricate line-work. A balance between precision and spontaneity melding together these unlikely flora, fauna, architecture and typography in images that are at once familiar but all-too-strange hinting at repressed material and an archaeopsychic past or a possible future.
Jacqui Oakley is a Canadian Illustrator and artist who spent her formative years in Bahrain, England, Zambia, and Libya but now lives in Hamilton. Her illustration work has included editorial, advertising, and book projects for clients such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Penguin Random House, Amazon and more. Her commercial work has garnered awards from Applied Arts Magazine, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and American Illustration. Her paintings have been exhibited in Toronto, L.A., San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego and Shanghai. Aside from her gallery shows and illustration work, Jacqui has also taught at Toronto’s OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) and lectured at Sheridan College, Georgia’s Creative South Conference, Cleveland’s WMC Fest, AIGA Arizona, the Louisville Graphic Design Association and Toronto’s Creative Mornings.
Jamie Lawson is a designer and painter. He briefly attended McMaster University in Hamilton for Fine Arts, before apprenticing at a small design company, where he would discover the building blocks of a design career, later founding Poly Studio, a multi-disciplinary creative design studio. At Poly he combines elements of contemporary design and commercial culture, typography, bold colours and forms. His work runs the gamut from packaging, book covers, lettering and editorial illustration for clients such as The National Ballet School, Hamilton Brewery, St. Joseph Hospital, the McMaster Museum of Art, The Globe and Mail and the Hamilton Junos Committee.
Together Oakley and Lawson partner on various commercial and art projects both locally and internationally in the illustration and design worlds and painting murals together further afield as well. With their collaboration they hope to blur the line between commercial work and fine art, where both aspects feel meaningful and personally explorative, while reaching a broad audience and maintaining a dialogue with the larger culture.
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