Hida Behzadi (Hida Be) is a UX & design strategist, graphic designer, university lecturer, and visual artist. Hida has run a visual communication/design boutique from 2010-2016 and has been part of UX teams at both large and small companies in London.
She has been a graphic design lecturer at Western University since 2012. As for visual arts, she works in a variety of techniques and disciplines, from marker, charcoal, ink and oil, to photography, digital illustration and print. She has been a regular figure/portrait drawing instructor at The Art Project from 2008 to 2016 and continued her teaching on occasion with TAP.
Her most recent solo exhibit was “Meditations, a fantastical abstract miniature collection”, that was presented at Satellite Project Space, through Museum London. You can see some of her work on Instagram (@hida.be) and Facebook (Art & Design with Hida Be), and on Behance (www.behance.net/hida) or on Coroflot (www.coroflot.com/hb).
Marla Botterill (MFA) is a visual artist in London, Ontario and Professor of Fine Art at Fanshawe College. She spent many years on the Board of Directors at the Forest City Gallery, including the role of President and is currently on the Board of the London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) and has worked on multiple programming committees. Marla has received grants from both the London Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and participated in residencies at takt, Berlin and Fresh Milk, Barbados.
Wyn Geleynse is considered a pioneer in multimedia artistic practices in Canada, with a career in film and video spanning nearly four decades. He emigrated from Rotterdam to Canada in 1953. Geleynse’s works subvert a straightforward reception of the filmic image, forcing reconciliation with the existential power of cinematic conventions in ‘framing’ the boundaries of subjective experience. Exhibitions include “Projections”: a major survey of projection based works in Canada, 1964 – 2007. University of Toronto, Canada. “An Imaginary Situation With Truthful Behavior” (Reprise), (Galerie Isabelle Suret, Paris, France, “A Man Trying To Explain Pictures” (Museum London, Ontario, Canada , “Curtain” (TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “Improbable Movement”, (Centro Cultural De La Banco Do Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Katzman Contemporary and Prefix Gallery (audio progamme) in Toronto. Wyn Geleynse is considered a pioneer in multimedia artistic practices in Canada, with a career in film and video spanning nearly four decades. He emigrated from Rotterdam to Canada in 1953. Geleynse’s works subvert a straightforward reception of the filmic image, forcing reconciliation with the existential power of cinematic conventions in ‘framing’ the boundaries of subjective experience. Exhibitions include “Projections”: a major survey of projection based works in Canada, 1964 – 2007. University of Toronto, Canada. “An Imaginary Situation With Truthful Behavior” (Reprise), (Galerie Isabelle Suret, Paris, France, “A Man Trying To Explain Pictures” (Museum London, Ontario, Canada , “Curtain” (TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “Improbable Movement”, (Centro Cultural De La Banco Do Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Katzman Contemporary and Prefix Gallery (audio progamme) in Toronto. He currently has a reprise of a public projection work from 2009 “More than meets the eye” at TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary, AB. His work also encompasses drawing, photography, sculpture and installation work.
In the darkroom since the age of eight, Rob Nelson is a second generation photographer. His work has appeared in Saturday Night, The Look, Elm Street, Interview, and the business magazines for both National Post and The Globe & Mail. With subjects such as Kirsten Dunst, Karen Kain, and Margaret Atwood.
Ian MacEachern was born in Glace Bay, NS in 1942. He worked as a TV cameraman in Sydney, NS, Moncton, NB, and Saint John, NB where he began taking photographs, documenting the changing face of the city. He moved to Toronto in 1966 freelancing as a magazine photographer and worked as a cameraman for CBC Toronto. Moving to London, Ontario in 1968 he continued freelance photography doing magazine and industrial photojournalism. His photographs have been published in several magazines. He has had several exhibitions in Canada and the United States. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the McIntosh Gallery at Western University and in several private collections. Recent exhibitions include Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Time & Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine, Handworks Gallery, Saint John and Saint John Arts Centre. He recently has had photographs of The Velvet Underground in The Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France, and the Musee de Musique. He has been in the London Artist’s tour several times. Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, NB published “The Lost City, Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John” in December 2018, and that was followed by a travelling exhibition that was at Saint John Arts Centre, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and Museum London.
David Merritt’s practice operates in the diminishing space between human and non-human systems. His drawing, sculptural and multimedia works have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada and TENT CBK, Rotterdam. A touring survey exhibition, shim/sham/shimmy was circulated by Museum London in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the MacLaren Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Merritt lives in London, Ontario, where he teaches at Western University in London. His work is represented by Christie Contemporary, Toronto.
Brooklyn based Canadian artist, Jason McLean, creates autobiographical imagery, through scavenged objects, and memory mapping. Jason McLean’s diverse art practice includes sculpture, sound works, zines, book works, mixed-media installations, correspondence art, curatorial explorations, puppets, and performance. Inspirations fueling his daily observations are relationships with local and visited environments. His works are often described as mental maps, where samplings of his daily observations are mashed-up into antiheroic, yet poignant combinations. Grounded in family life as Husband and Father, McLean works by using humour to touch upon challenging subject matter, such as sadness, loss, displacement, and economic hardship.
Kim Neudorf is an artist and writer based in London (ON). They received their MFA from Western University (2012) and their BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design (2005). Their painting and writing has appeared most recently at Support project space, London (ON); DNA Gallery, London (ON); Paul Petro, Toronto; Franz Kaka, Toronto; Forest City Gallery, London (ON); Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston; Evans Contemporary Gallery, Peterborough; and Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto. They live and maintain a studio practice in London (ON).
Christopher Runciman is a London, Ontario based artist, writer and publisher of RP Comics. He runs the London Comic Jam at TAP Centre For Creativity, is involved in a number of Arts related festivals in the city and gives lectures in Comic Illustration and Creative Expression. He has been exhibiting his work for 30 years.
E. Ruth Strebe earned a BFA at Western University, studying photography and painting. Her bookworks have been collected by McIntosh Gallery and her paintings are in private collections in various cities: Yugoslavia, England, United States and Canada. In 2019, Strebe received an Ontario Arts Grant for supplies to undertake new work of downtown London. Strebe is a member of Forest City Gallery and London Ontario Media Arts Association, and her work can be seen online at Museum London’s Gift Shop.
Diana Tamblyn is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist who has been actively writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. She’s exhibited her comics at small press fairs and comic book shows in both Canada and the US, and has had artwork displayed in various group and solo shows. She was chosen by the Globe and Mail as a “Canadian cartoonist to watch”. Diana graduated from Concordia University in 1994 with a BFA in Film Animation. Currently living in London, Ontario with her family.
Jessica Woodward is an artist from London Ontario. She has been printmaking for over 20 years, a graduate of Beal Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Jessica is inspired by nature, patterns, the passing of time and life and death and uses a variety of print mediums to create vibrant multi layered highly detailed prints. You can find her art decorating the Palasad South and the Palasad Social Bowl, several local business and band logos and in the LCBO on Toboggan Brewery’s Lunatic Fridge beer.
Born in 1968, Woermke studied at Fanshawe College in London (Fine Art Diploma 1987-1990), and resumed her art studies at the University of Windsor (BFA 1990-1993). She currently holds the position of Executive Director and Curator of the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre. Woermke’s work is included in both private and public collections