GRAFFITI STREET ART
Sidewalk Painting Photos in Newspapers and Weekly Magazines! One of the things I enjoyed most about working as a full time street artist was the constant interactions I had with the city. By being out on the sidewalk almost every day I was able to make a strong connection with the area and even started to feel like I was a part of the street. I got to know all of the regulars, including the vagabonds and the daily workers and I also became familiar with the rhythms of tourists and the weekend shoppers from the suburbs. It was really interesting to witness the people, progress and seasons from such a unique vantage point over a long duration of time. Setting up in the same busy area was a great place to see and be seen. As a result of my street presence I often ended up the subject of photo-journalism and blubs while sitting out there and making a mess.
The images on this page include some of my early street art displays, exhibitions at the Toronto outdoor art festival, and a number of short articles that have been printed to promote the project. The photographs and drawings feature all kinds of “HEY APATHY!” artworks such as a series of metamorphosis drawings depicting man’s transformation into animal and machine, live painting performances on the sidewalks of Queen Street West, renegade graffiti walls I'd decorated, and even a strange inclusion in the Toronto Star's Urban sketchbook articles where reporters went around the city asking all sorts of people to contribute weird drawings in celebration of various occasions. These sorts of random moments were very common while working on the streets and it was always fun to see the madness appear in mainstream print. These brief glimpses have appeared in every Toronto paper including the Toronto Star, Now Magazine Toronto, The Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Grid and the Metro.