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Jay Dart 2009
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Jay Dart: Images of Yawnder


Galerie Youn // info@galerieyoun.com
5226 Saint-Laurent boul., Montreal, Quebec H2T 1S1 CANADA

Jay Dart // jay@thedart.ca


Jay Dart is an internationally exhibited, award-winning artist working primarily in drawing who has recently begun creating installation pieces based on his narrative works. He received a BA from the University of Guelph’s Fine Art programme. His most recent solo exhibitions include Now Entering Beyawnder at Galerie Youn, Montreal (2015); Wanderer of Yawnder (revisited) at Line Gallery, North Bay (2014); Further Over Yawnder at Galerie Youn, Montreal (2013); and The Wanderers at Atelier 688, Toronto (2010). His work has also been shown in Come Up To My Room at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (2016), Fictionary at Station Gallery, Whitby (2012); Paths at Canmore Artists and Artisans Gallery (2011) and recently at Papier 15 (Montreal), Affordable Art Fair (New York), Love Art Fair (Toronto), The 100 Euro/Dollar Show (Amsterdam/Portland). His first public gallery solo exhibition will take place in the Fall of 2016 at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. In 2013, Jay self-published a limited edition picture book, titled Wanderer of Yawnder. He is a recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council (2012 and 2014). Jay lives and draws in Ashburn, Ontario (aka. Elsewheres).

He is represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal. In the Fall of 2015, they published a catalogue titled Jay Dart: Images of Yawnder.

Jay is also a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His list of clients includes Yen magazine (Australia), Max Joseph magazine (Germany), Land of Nod, Globe & Mail newspaper, NOW magazine, Leo Burnett, Rogers Media, RESFEST International Film Festival, Sons & Daughters Film Production Co, University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Toronto Cyclists Union, and Juno-nominated singer/songwriter, Donovan Woods. He is always available for hire. He's also currently accepting commissions for custom drawings or portraits.


Jay Dart's whimsical graphite and watercolour drawings feature brightly-colored beards and magical mysterious sticks prominently. In 2013, Jay released his first picture book, Wanderer of Yawnder, featuring his artwork, with themes and scenes reimagined from his own Wanderer series of drawings, and words by Jiggs (his alter ego). He currently works some days in Toronto as a graphic designer while living and drawing "in the sticks," whatever that means. - juxtapoz.com

Q & A for solo show at Line Gallery.

Interview for Galerie Youn solo show, Oct 2013

Q & A with BuySomeDamnArt.com

"The images, on the other hand, are a mystifying mixture of the mildly surreal, naturalistic, and childlike naivetee -- following such big footsteps as local heroine Shary Boyle, and Winnipeg superstar Marcel Dzama, if they whipped up their works in a cabin in the woods, that is." - MURRAY WHYTE, thestar.blogs.com, Aug 2009

Translated: "Jay Dart is currently working as a graphic designer in Toronto while still feeding his passion for illustration and exposing his work to one and the other side of the pond. Because if your name includes the word art inevitably you’re bound to do so. His watercolors and gráfitos draw current characters that each day we could find in the toolbar of any Canadian bar, but he traviste them, places them their magical beards and makes them exceptional individuals. Among their painted tables can find fishermen, woodcutters, mountaineers, sportsmen or simple drinkers that dressed up in the clothing in the purest Canadian style are not removed their beards of colors or deviate from its eyes of yours. Welcome to the magical world and sometimes disturbing of Jay Dart." - Lamono

“Last September, Dart won the Audience Choice Award at the Queen West Art Crawl. His work, which reflects our vanity, egoism and the absurdity of our lives, has been exhibited in Europe and appears on the occasional album cover. His delicate drawings and watercolours show a poignant sense of humour and outstanding intuition. He forces us to look at ourselves in the mirror.” - FIDEL PEÑA, The Grid, July 2011

Interview with Art Sync, Nov 2010

thejealouscurator.com July 2009 & July 2013

paintblog.ca July 2009

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