Jay Dart | Drawist


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Jay Dart 2009
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Galerie Youn // info@galerieyoun.com
5226 Saint-Laurent boul., Montreal, Quebec H2T 1S1 CANADA

Jay Dart // jay@thedart.ca

Jay Dart is a drawist who has recently begun creating mixed media installation pieces that bring his two-dimensional narrative works to life. In October 2017, Dart exhibited a special drawing installation for a solo booth at Art Toronto International Art Fair. His first public gallery solo exhibition, Greetings From Yawnder!, featuring 80+ drawings and installation pieces, opened at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in October 2016 before travelling to the Art Gallery of Sudbury in February 2017. He has exhibited at Galerie Youn (Montreal), Drawing Now (Paris), Papier (Montreal), Art on Paper (Miami and New York), Love Art Fair (Toronto), Wall Space Gallery (Ottawa), Slate Gallery (Regina), Mayberry Fine Arts (Toronto), Line Gallery (North Bay), Come Up To My Room (Gladstone Hotel, Toronto), 100 Euro/Dollar Show (Amsterdam, Portland), Agnes Jamieson Gallery (Minden) and the Canmore Artists and Artisans Gallery. In 2013, Dart self-published a limited edition picture book, titled Wanderer of Yawnder and his newest book, Where Yawns Go, will be released in December 2018. He is a recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and, in 2016, won a National Magazine Award for editorial illustration. He received a BA from the University of Guelph’s Fine Art programme. Dart lives and draws in a hamlet about an hour outside of Toronto, Ontario.

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

Works are also available at Slate Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan and Gallery Jones in Vancouver.

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, Maisoneuve, 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.


2020 Visual Arts project grant // Ontario Arts Council
2016 Gold Award, spot illustration // National Magazine Awards
2016 Visual Arts project grant // Ontario Arts Council
2014 Exhibition Assistance Grant // Ontario Arts Council
2014 Best In Show // Annual Members' Exhibition / Station Gallery
2012 Exhibition Assistance Grant // Ontario Arts Council
2011 Best In Show // Annual Members' Exhibition / Station Gallery
2010 Audience Choice Award Winner // Queen West Art Crawl
2008 Honourable Mention, Drawing // Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Jay Dart would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.