UPwithART 2.0 - 24-30 May 2020

Safety In Numbers

Framing donated by Framing and Art Centre (Downtown)
Courtesy of Michael Gibson Gallery

Billy Bert Young was born in London, Ontario in 1983. He graduated from H.B. Beal Secondary School and in 2008 received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. During his time in Halifax he exhibited work in several group and solo shows. In 2008 he moved back to London to be close to family and to work with local artists that had influenced his work in the past. Since then he has made collaboration a main component of his practice; creating zines, drawings and murals alongside fellow artists such as James Kirkpatrick, Jason McLean, Jamie Q and Peter Thompson. Billy Bert Young is represented by Michael Gibson Gallery, in London, Canada.

Jason McLean’s diverse practice includes sculpture, sound-works, zines, book-works, mixed-media installations, correspondence art, puppets and performance but he is probably best known for his diaristic mapping and surreal drawings.

His mom’s Elvis scrapbook and dad’s homemade car ads are what introduced McLean to art. Now John Candy, Andy Kaufman and non-alcoholic beer, are among the inspirations fueling his daily observations and relationships with local environments. Jason McLean currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Canada and Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles, USA.

Anthony Alvarado’s mystical textbook “D.I.Y. Magic: A Strange & Whimsical Guide to Creativity” is in its 2nd edition, released by Penguin Publishing. The collaboration “Safety In Numbers” by Jason Mclean and Billy Bert Young was included as an illustration toward the chapter “Automatic Writing”. A signed copy of the book is accompanied by the original illustration.