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Ambrus Art Book by Morgana Wallace

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Morgana Wallace's Art Book AMBRUS

The Ambrus exhibition of drawings, paintings and collage compiled into a limited edition art book.

Morgana Wallace’s art is intricately layered with references to history, culture, and mythology. Possessing a rare mixture of vibrant spontaneity and meticulous skill, her images brim over with energy and movement. Morgana’s endless cast of strange and beautiful characters usher us into their imaginative and sometimes disquieting worlds.

Morgana Wallace Art Book Title Page

This body of work, Ambrus, is a tribute to Morgana’s favourite illustrators. Throughout her artistic life, she has been struck by the importance of illustration to the overall impact of the book, believing that illustrators deserve respect as legitimate artists. Now having compiled her own book of illustrations, Morgana pays homage to the illustrators who illuminated her imagination and taught her how to see the stories in images.

Morgana Wallace Collage

• 5.75″x 7.75″ (14.75cm x 19.75cm) • 68 Colour Pages • Signed/Numbered Edition of 150 • 1st Edition – Published 2012 Purchase the book in the Anteism Shop

Tim Barnard: New book of "Drawings

Tim Barnard Book - Drawings

Tim Barnard Book - Drawings

Years worth of Tim Barnard's black and white drawings have been compiled in a new book simply titled "Drawings". The 96 page book dives deep into the claustrophobic, jam packed drawings of Barnard. These large drawings are featured as a whole on the page along with cropped detailed shots.

An introduction by Rupert Bottenberg gives insight into Barnard's methodology and discusses the characters of the massive crowd-scapes.

A limited edition of the book is available for a short period of time before the launch of the standard edition.The limited edition (100 copies) has a dust jacket screenprinted on a luscious black printmaking paper.¬† 

Tim Barnard Book - Cover

Tim Barnard Book - Cover

Jason McLean & Peter Thompson Artist Book

Texas on the Thames is a new artist zine by Jason McLean and Peter Thompson.

Zine Cover for artist's Jason McLean & Peter Thompson

Anteism is currently printing a new zine and thought we would share some video of the covers flying off the press. The book will be a two colour print of collaborative drawings by the two London, Ontario artists. These should be available online in our shop in the next week, or grab a copy from the artists themselves.

Here's the first colour coming off the press. A dark burgundy for the front and back cover.

The second colour .

"Brujos" an Artist Book by Erik Volet

Brujos | Artist Book / Zine

A selection of ink drawings by Erik Volet

Erik Volet - Artist Book / Zine

The Brujos zine is a selection of drawings taken from a dozen of Volet's sketchbooks. The images in this artist book have been selected from various periods but have a cohesive styling. Loose themes of family & abstract magical landscapes.

- 32 B&W Pages - 13.5cm x 20cm ( 5.25″x 7.75″ ) - Screen Printed Half Page Cover - Numbered Edition of 100

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David Shillinglaw - No King Hungry Spirit Book


No King  / Hungry Spirit

Extracts from a novel no one will ever read.

David Shillinglaw has released a new zine called No King Hungry Spirit. The book is 24 pages of  drawings, photographs and text. The spine of the book is hand stitched with red and blue thread.

• A5 book. • Edition of 200. • Black and white. • 24 Hand Stitched Pages Purchase the Book

Free Drawings Newspaper #6 Available


The current issue (#6) includes the following artists: Luke Ramsey, Luke Painter, Andrew Wilson, Ron Regé Jr, Steph Davidson, Seripop, Matt Hart, Fiona Smyth, Jesjit Gill and Michael Deforge.

We will be including a copy in all orders purchased through Anteism. While supplies last.

The deadlines for next issue is January 2010, so send your drawings to freedrawingsnewspaper{at}

Peter Taylor - New Artwork, Prints & T-shirts

peter taylor artwork

Peter Taylor returns to Victoria with a beautiful new collection of artwork to exhibit at the Boucherat Gallery. The Vancouver artist will exhibit his intricate patterned pencil drawings (must be seen in person) and collages along with t-shirts and prints.

Opening September 12th @ 7pm Live DJ to perform as well! Drinks and fun!

Peter Taylors artwork can be found in the following books: The Feast, Manuscribbles, Abracadabra & theMake


Taylor's Artist Statement from a previous show at Ayden Gallery really sums up his work.

"Peter Taylor’s new solo exhibition Divine Play marks a continuation of the artist’s fascination with spirituality viewed through the contemplative lens of recurring characters. As with his previous work, Taylor’s paintings focus on a single figure whose facial expressions and bodily positions exude a combination of playfulness and meditative contentment. With Divine Play, Taylor has presented his most cohesive and striking depiction of these figures to date: “these are my personal sages, Taylor explains. They represent “seeds sprouting knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. In light of his generation’s increasing tendency towards cynicism and disingenuousness, these characters are a breath of fresh air, not only encouraging contemplative reflection, but similarly eschewing cliché and taboo through the knowing humour of their expressions and unselfconscious activity." Read More


Free Drawings Newspaper Available @ Anteism

Free Drawings - Newspaper - # 5 Anteism will be distributing the radical FREE DRAWINGS Newspaper published by Jesjit Gill in Toronto. Free Drawings is a free newspaper showcasing nothing but awesome drawings and comics. The newspaper format is great because it allows for huge full page images. The paper when unfolded expands to 17" wide  by 23" high. We will be adding the newspaper in all our online orders. If you would like a copy of the newspaper we can mail you one, because it is FREE!!! Although postage is not... Give me an email if you would like a copy and I'll send one out to you. Postage should be no more than $2 in North America.

The current issue is #5 and includes artwork by Andrew Bailey, Joshua Bastien, Rudolph Bikkers, Bruno Borges, Marja Bui, Lisa Czech, Clare Cosco, Mark Connery, Morgan Criger, Robert Dayton, Mark Delong, Tomas Del Balso, Ryan Dodgson, Noel Friebert, Ramy Gorgis, Kevin Hainey, Natalie Halford, David Hanes, Keith Herzik, Reid Jenkins, Jacob Jurkiewicz, Peter Kalynuik, Stephanie Kervin, Zane Kozak, Patrick Kyle, Nicole Legault, Doran McAtamney, Laura McCoy, Jason McLean, Julii McMillan, Alicia Selbie, Sally Sheeks, Valerie Sury, Tetsunori Tawaraya, Peter Thompson, Davis Weir, Andrew Wilson, Stefan Whitem, Andrew Zukerman.

Drawings by Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson has some great original drawings for sale on his flickr account. During the month of August Peter will be donating half of the money from the sales of his drawings to help out Yale St & A Horse and His Boy (two bands that got their music gear ripped off along with 3 years worth of samples)

Excerpt from Peter Thompson is one of the most fascinating artists to emerge from the depths of London's art scene. Each of his 50 Dollar drawings comprise his trademark cartoonish lines which outline everything from retro hot rods to strange, ghost-like characters. The swervy lines almost fall off the page like a slinky down a set of stairs. I'm always dumbfounded by the bounty of imaginary characters Thompson draws but also by his unselfconscious, decontextualized social commentary. If it were not for the blunt, sometimes inviting, sometimes forbidding phrases-  like "don't worry, you won't get hurt",  taken sometimes from pop culture, sometimes from an unknown origin - the sheer schizophrenia of the various complex elements intermingling on a page might put people off the way highbrow art often does.

Read the rest of the article.

Peter's artwork can also be seen in Brain Trust a book of collaborative drawings and paintings created with James Kirkpatrick.

The Lions - Art Group

The Lions - Art Group - Vancouver

The Lions are a group of Vancouver artists that work together on drawings and paintings. The lineup of Tasha Brotherton, Matthew Brown, Barry Doupe, Collin Johanson and James Whitman form a really cohesive group, so cohesive that I'm not quite sure if they collaborate on the drawings or just work side by side. It's easy to form a link to Winnepeg's Royal Art Lodge but more so in the idea of a group of artists working together. Although the Lions do have a number of paintings the majority of the work is pen and ink and with a more abstract less polished, narrative feel.

The Lions - Art Group - Vancouver The Lions - Art Group - Vancouver

Paul Smith TypeWriter Art - One finger at a time.

Paul Smith, a man with an extraordinary talent was born in Philadelphia on September 21, 1921 with severe cerebral palsy. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech & mobility but also taught himself to become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player even after being devoid of a formal education as a child.

Unable to hold a pencil or paintbrush Paul turned to the typewriter to create his portraits and Americana based artworks. Using different keys on the typewriter to form different shapes which were layered to produce an image. 'When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters .... @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ . Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings.'

This great man passed away on June 25, 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many. View a gallery of Paul Smiths typewriter artworks here & a time lapse gallery showing the stages of an artwork come to form.

We could all learn something from Smith's dedication, perseverance and positive outlook.

Warren Craghead - The Surf & The Face - Free Zine

Warren Craghead's new mini book / zine is available to download through his website. While your there checkout his other book, collage and drawing works or info at his blog.

*Update: Warren has a new DIY zine available called "a circle, a sphere."

The Surf and The Face

Download the d.i.y. PDF here (16.7mb)

Released under a Creative Commons License, Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

To make the book, print the PDF on either side of a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 in. (21.5 x 28 cm) paper.Starting with the side with text facing you (page 1 of the PDF) and the text area in the bottom left, fold in half towards you onceleft to right, then once top to bottom, then once morein half. The cover of the book is the image shgown here.Staple and then cut any attached adges.

James Kirkpatrick - Foolish Mortals

james_kirkpatrickkirkpatrick_textkirkpatrick_image2 James Kirkpatrick has a show coming up at Studio 21 entitled "Foolish Mortals" which is a series of new paintings. Check out James' collaborative work with Peter Thompson in our newly released book Brain Trust.

"I have recently revisited science fiction and adventure comics of the 50's, 60's, and my childhood in the 80’s. This return to what originally gave me the urge to create art has sparked in me the initiative to once again make my own comics, and to create figures with possible identities and histories.

Looking at my collection of old graphic novels, I was reminded of my attraction to the quickly done line work and mistaken colour placement that appears on less important characters in the background of older comic panels. I would watch for errors and often correct or alter the comic with pen and pencil crayon, as if these mistakes gave me permission to participate with the author. In my mind I was helping out—putting on the finishing touches and completing the visual language of the story. The majority of the paintings for Foolish Mortals began with drawings based on figures and characters from my own comics, new and old. In the painted representations of these characters I have purposely worked in a manner that copies the imperfect colouring and loose-yet-confident line work I would often consider accidental. In these paintings I have also created marks using pencil and pencil crayon to fill in the details of the figures in a fashion similar to that which I would use in "fixing" comics from my own collection.

Whereas figures and shapes in my previous paintings were defined by allowing the colours and lines to develop through a process of layering and editing, the work in Foolish Mortals gets much more directly to the point with new deliberate colour placement, detailing, and line work. "

-James Kirkpatrick

James Kirkpatrick was born in London, Ontario, and graduated with a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002. He has taken part in many exhibitions as both artist and curator, nationally and internationally from Ontario to Quebec and California to New York. His work is in numerous private and public collections, and commissions include: Buck 65: Synethesia, Album cover art, Endemic Music, Halifax, NS., Interior Mural, P.R.S. DJ Services, London, ON., and Lower Haight Banner Project, Upper Playground, San Francisco, CA. His most recent achievement is an artist residency that will take place at Struts Gallery in New Brunswick.

Randy Laybourne - 20x20 Series & Show

Randy Laybourne has an upcoming show entitled 20x20, which is a series of 20 water color paintings done at 20"x20". Here is a time lapse video of Randy creating #16.

Here is a posting from Laybourne's blog describing his influences for the 20x20 show. When I was 20 years old I was able to backpack and skateboard around Europe, going as far east as the middle of Turkey and as far north at Gdansk in Poland. During the trip I tried to get to every gallery and museum I could afford to see. Being able to see a lot of the masterpieces of art was amazing but there were particular artists that had a big impact.

Bosch was one of them. Being able to see “The Garden of Earthly Delights” in Madrid was mindblowing. I stood there for what seemed hours. Trying to take in all the detail. Most other artwork in any museum I’d count to 10 and move on. Picasso 10, 9, 8… David 10, 9, and so on and on and on. Not with Bosch though.

Garden of Earth Delights (center panel)

Garden of Earth Delights (center panel)

Garden of Earthly Delights (center panel detail)

Garden of Earthly Delights (center panel detail)

Garden of Earthly Delights (right panel)

Garden of Earthly Delights (right panel)

Garden of Earthly Delights (right panel detail)

Garden of Earthly Delights (right panel detail)

I mainly was and am interested in his way of creating different visions of heaven, earth and hell. All his little demons and monsters are fascinating and there is so much to look for and read into.

Pieter Brugel was equally impressive to me. The influence of Bosch on Brugel is clear but Brugel goes a different route and along with vision of hell, he shows what life was like in a village. Full of entertaining details and stories.



Netherlandish Proverbs

Netherlandish Proverbs

Netherlandish Proverbs info

Netherlandish Proverbs info

The Netherlandish Proverbs illustrated sayings of his day visually and every little thing had a meaning. Wikipedia shows them all. So am still so amazed with all of it.

The Triumph of Death

The Triumph of Death

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent

The amount of little things that have to do with a story or meaning is what drew me in then and what still makes me go over the work of both artists.

With the 20X20 work, they didn’t start off with tons of detail but as I kept going and finishing one after another, some similar, quiet narratives were coming to life. There are a few things from my life directly in the work, but I’d much rather have the viewer find little meanings on their own. As I kept going with the series, they were getting more and more complicated and taking a bit longer to do. I kept going back to review the works of Bosch and Bruegel as the series was being done. I’m glad I was able to see their actual work (way back in the 90s) and have it make its mark on my own in some simple way.

The Horror aka Daniel Cantrell

The Horror is the alias of Daniel Cantrell. Daniel Cantrell was born in Gubabubbahubba, a small town in the north of England. He began drawing at a young age but he has never improved. He has a Degree and a Masters in subjects too boring to even write. His pictures are done with simple pen on card. His drawings are usually about acceptance, violence, lust, fate and the dangers of dental hygiene. The characters are usually smiling which could mean either life is horror so all you can do is smile or people just grin and bear any hell they are given. He is not sure which one yet. He likes GOOD PUNK ROCK MUSIC.

Daniel is currently putting together a zine based on the theme of Man vs. Mescaline. Submissions should be 300dpi/Greyscale and sized for European A5 paper. For info about the  vs. zine series and submissions contact Daniel.