Domov Muj/My Home

Domov Muj/My Home

This playful and vibrant piece celebrates the art and culture of Eastern Europeans living in Toronto and Bloorcourt Village, which I’m glad to call my home. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my father who immigrated from Czech Republic to Canada in 1969, in order to live a better life and for which I’m eternally grateful.

The Neighbourhood of College West

The Neighbourhood of College West

In this design of people in the neighbourhood, I wanted to make a busy scene that read from afar almost like abstract shapes and bursts of colours and when you come closer you can see that all of these shapes are people, the vibrant community, out and about on the streets of College West. Using a limited palette, I wanted to draw on my memories of the people I’ve seen in this neighbourhood from the many times I passed by these streets. I drew people of various ages and body types to represent the diversity in this neighbourhood. (Bellbox Murals)

Ode to ‘The Riverboat’

Ode to ‘The Riverboat’

Inspired by the music and arts scene in Yorkville in the late 1960s and 70s, this Bell Box Mural refers to the creative energy that blossomed in Yorkville, Toronto. Specifically, it represents The Riverboat, the most infamous of the local coffee houses that were dynamic hubs for the creative scene of music, poetry, art, and fashion. It is also an ode to the venues that make space for creative energy and connection to bloom today.

This Bell Box Mural depicts a replica of the neon sign for ‘The Riverboat’ coffee house, its interior iconic wood paneling and portholes, and is framed by a retro floral pattern from the 70s. The design is not only an ode to ‘The Riverboat’ but also a homage to the creative energy that blossomed in Yorkville during its time.

Elements of Industry

Elements of Industry

Bell Box Mural Project, Ward 3, New Toronto, in collaboration with Lakeshore Arts. Wondering what all the hands are doing? They relate to the industrial past of the New Toronto neighbourhood. Campbell’s Soup (tomato), Good Year (tire), Anaconda Copper and Brass (pipe) , Continental Can (tin) and others called this area home and made it an epicentre of industry in the early 20th century.

Save the Whales

Save the Whales

This was my first independent street art project. Last year I completed the Mural Arts Career Development Program with Mural Routes, and this year I went back to university at OCAD. Both these experiences gave me the confidence I needed to take on this project. I had dozens of positive comments from passers-by and neighbours; other people honked and waved, and neighbours brought me glasses of water. It was a very encouraging experience, I can’t wait to paint more someday. Alex Calder Karagianis

Lively Oshawa

Lively Oshawa

My design is based on word search game, in every square I have a minimal design of the living elements ( nature, sport, people, cars, entertainment, motivation, animals,…), and the letters for the word “Oshawa” is circled.

Artist: Yasaman Mehrsa