Fine artist and illustrator

“The Art of Whimsy”, the Canadian Art Reel World Film Festival in March, 2015  produced by Projector Films and directed by Kyriakos Alexopoulos and Ryan Walker.

Gary Taxali

Artist & Illustrator

Gary Taxali is a Toronto-based acclaimed contemporary artist and illustrator known for his retro stylized art in the realm of pop. He was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Toronto, Canada.  Taxali is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). He has exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jonathan LeVine Gallery, The Antonio Colombo Gallery, Steve Lazarides/The Outsiders, and The Andy Warhol Museum.  

Gary’s clients include Sony, Warner Brothers, Converse, Nintendo, and every major magazine including Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GQ, Esquire, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.  He has been featured and interviewed by CBC’s The National, Maclean’s, Fashion Television, MuchMusic, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many others.  A short film on his art entitled “Gary Taxali:  The Art of Whimsy” premiered at the Canadian Art Film Festival in March 2015.

Gary Taxali visually blends now with then. His style, inspired by vintage comics and advertising art, is repurposed with the goal of communicating the ironies and comical essence of popular culture. His work is at once alluring and endearing. Despite the vintage look, he is neither maudlin nor nostalgic. His imagery is rich in satiric verve.”

Gary has collaborated with many brands and integrated his art in various mediums including releasing collectible designer toys, creating public art, and writing and illustrating a children’s book titled, “This Is Silly!” published by Scholastic.  He has two monographs of his work, “I Love You, Ok?” published by TeNeues and “Mono Taxali” published by 279 Editions.  In 2005, he launched his first vinyl toy, The Toy Monkey, which included a special edition along with a silkscreen print commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.  This led Gary to create his own toy company, Chump Toys, which resulted in the release of his popular OH NO and OH OH vinyl figures.  He created artist-designed silk pocket squares for Canada’s major men’s retailer, Harry Rosen.  In 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint released six Gary Taxali Special Edition 25¢ coins which, in addition to original art uniquely created for the coins, he also designed the typography using his font Chumply. Each coin is stamped, bearing his initials.  Gary is a past member of the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post where he initiated many stamps such as Marriage Equality and Canadian Illustrators. In 2017, Gary published his monograph, “Happiness With A Caveat”. Six of his works were acquisitioned by the Library of Congress in 2018 for their permanent collection.  Gary was selected to represent North America by the United Nations and created artwork to raise awareness for World Hunger.

He has won hundreds of illustration and design awards including recognition from American Illustration, Communication Arts, a Gold Medal from the National Magazine Awards and The Society of Illustrators, and a nomination for a Cannes Lion. Gary created the cover art and inside illustrations for Aimee Mann’s album @#%&*! Smilers, which earned him a 2009 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Art Package. Gary is a Founding Member of IPA (The Illustrators’ Partnership of America). He has juried many student and professional competitions including The Juno’s (Screening Committee), The Society of Illustrators, The National Magazine Awards, The Dallas Society of Visual Communications, 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, and sits on the Advisory Board of 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary devotes a portion of his time teaching and lecturing at various arts organizations and schools such as OCAD University (Toronto, Canada), The Art Director’s Club of Houston (Houston, USA), Dankmarks Designskole (Copenhagen, Denmark), Istituto Europeo Di Design (Rome, Italy), The Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong, China),  and The National Institute of Design (Bangalore, India). In December 2018, Gary will be the featured speaker at The Grafixx Festival in Antwerp, Belgium.
 
Gary was listed as one of the top 100 illustrators in the world by art book publisher Taschen. He is tenured faculty at OCAD University holding the rank of full Professor.  
 
Gary is represented by Vandana Taxali of Entcounsel, entertainment law firm Toronto.  

Clients

  • Rolling Stone
  • GQ
  • Esquire
  • Time
  • Time
  • Newsweek
  • Fortune
  • The New York Times
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Fast Company
  • Reader's Digest
  • Business Week
  • Warner Bros
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Converse
  • Levi's
  • Sony
  • McSweeny's
  • MTV
  • Coca-Cola

Awards

  • American Illustration
  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual
  • Society of Illustrator's Gold Medal
  • Print Society of Publication Designers
  • National Magazine Awards (Gold Medal)
  • Chicago Creative Club
  • The Advertising and Design Club of Canada
  • National Gold Addy
  • Short List for Cannes Lion
  • New York Times
  • The New Yorker
  • Rolling Stone
  • GQ
  • LA Times
  • Time Magazine

Lectures

  • First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2017
  • Revolver Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2015
  • National Institute of Design, Bangalore, India, 2015
  • Savannah College of Art and Design - Hong Kong Campus, Hong Kong, 2014
  • Artscape Salon, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Grip Limited Agency, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Waddington's Contemporary, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • John St. Agency, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Hong Kong Society of Illustrators, Hong Kong, 2013
  • Design Exchange, Toronto, ON, 2013
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • United Adworkers, Milwaukee, WI, 2012
  • Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada, 2012
  • Pictoplasma Conference, New York City, 2011

 

 

LECTURES

  • Idea Exchange at Design at Riverside, Cambridge, Canada, 2015
  • Revolver Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2015
  • National Institute of Design, Bangalore, India, 2015
  • Savannah College of Art and Design – Hong Kong Campus, Hong Kong, 2014
  • Artscape Salon, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Grip Limited Agency, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Waddington’s Contemporary, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • John St. Agency, Toronto, Canada, 2014
  • Hong Kong Society of Illustrators, Hong Kong, 2013
  • Design Exchange, Toronto, ON, 2013
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • United Adworkers, Milwaukee, WI, 2012
  • Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada, 2012
  • Pictoplasma Conference, New York City, 2011
  • MagNet Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2010
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, 2009
  • OCAD University, Toronto, Canada, 2009
  • Centennial College, Toronto, Canada, 2009
  • Sheridan College, Toronto, Canada, 2009
  • Merz Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany, 2008
  • Istituto Europeo Di Design, Rome, Italy, 2008
  • Fachhochschule Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 2008
  • Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2007
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2006
  • Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada, 2006
  • Dallas Society of Visual Communications – Student Conference, Dallas, TX, 2005
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, 2005
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2005
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2005
  • Sheridan College, Toronto, Oakville, Canada, 2004
  • Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, 2004
  • University of Kansas, MO, 2004
  • Art Directors Club of Houston, Houston, TX, 2003
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, 2003
  • Illustration Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2003
  • Quebec Association of Illustrators, Montreal, QC, 2003

PARTIAL BOOK LIST OF SELECTED WORKS/WRITINGS OF GARY TAXALI

  • Hively, Charles, “3X3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration – Vol 1, #”, Charles Hively Publisher, 2003, ISBN 1546-640X
  • Hyland, Angus; Bell, Roanne, “Hand to Eye: Contemporary Illustration”, Laurence King Publishing, 2003, ISBN 1-85669-339-2
  • Hazelmyer, Tom, “Qeedrophonic”. OX-OP Press, 2004, ISBN 0-9758579-0-8
  • Jordan, Matt Dukes, “Weirdo Deluxe”, Chronicle Books, 2005, ISBN 0-8118-4241-X
  • Beauchamp, Monte, “BLAB! #16”, Fantagraphics Books, 2005, ISBN 1-56097-683-7
  • STRANGEco, “Toys: New Designs from the Art Toy Revolution”, Universe Publishing (Rizzoli), 2005, ISBN 0-7893-1390-1
  • Wagner, Lisa; Dalton, Trinie; Horowitz, Eli, “Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is”, McSweeny’s, 2005, ISBN 1-932416-17-X
  • Wiedemannm, Julius, “Illustration Now!”, Taschen, 2005. ISBN 3-8228-4033-5
  • Hively, Charles; “3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration” , interview with Henrik Drescher by Gary Taxali, 2007
  • Thaler, Peter; Denicke, Lars, “Pictoplasma – The Character Encyclopedia”, Pictoplasma Publishing, 2006, ISBN 3-981-04583-1
  • Klanton, Robert; Hübner, Matthias, “Dot Dot Dash – Designer Toys, Action Figures and Art”, Die Gestalten, 2006, ISBN 3-89955-161-3
  • Beauchamp, Monte, “BLAB! #17”, Fantagraphics Books, 2006, ISBN 978-1-56097-776-6
  • Someguy, “The 1000 Journals Project”, Chronicle Books, 2007, ISBN 0-8118-5856-1
  • Pony, Magic, “Fancy Action Now – The Art of Team Macho”, Interview with Team Macho by Gary Taxali, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9783568-0-4
  • Brereton, Richard, “Graphic Ha Ha – Issue 11”, BIS Publishers, 2007, ISBN -978-90-6369-164-4

SOLO SHOWS

2016

  • “Unfamous: The Art of Gary Taxali”, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015

  • “Hotel There”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Here and Now”, Idea Exchange at Design at Riverside, Cambridge, ON

2014

  • “Unforget Me”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Shanti Town”, Waddington’s, Toronto, ON

2013

  • “Assemblages”, SOHO House, Toronto, ON

2012

  • “My Feelings Like You”, The Outsiders (Lazarides), London, UK
  • “Selected Works”, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milano, Italy

2010

  • “The Taxali 300”, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, ON

2009

  • “Hindi Love Song”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY

2008

  • “Flop House Rules”, Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2007

  • “Save The Boreal”, New Print Launch and Show, Magic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • “Last Year’s Winner”, Magic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ON

2006

  • “The Up-N-Down Show”, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005

  • “Chumpy’s Specials” – OX OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • “Toy Monkey Launch and New Prints” – Magic Pony, Toronto, ON
  • “Chumpy’s Night School” – La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001

  • “Sweet Shop Toys, Candies and Books” – CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
  • “America Lucky Service“ – La Luz de Jesus Gallery

2000

  • “New Work” – Anno Domini Gallery, San José, CA

GROUP SHOWS

2018

  • “SCOPE New York”, Matthew Namour Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Fresh stART”, Arena Gallery 1, Santa Monica, CA

2017

  • “Forget What You Know”, Ayzenberg Gallery, Pasadena, LA
  • “Wintershow”, Arts Factory Gallery, Paris, France
  • “Letters to the Mayor”, EDIT, Toronto, ON
  • “Cowboyland”, Heliumcowboy, Hamburg, Germany
  • “ArtExpo” New York, Wanroiij Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Illustrationen On Ice”, Deutsches Sport and Olimpia Museum, Cologne, Germany
  • “Something Strange in the Neighbourhood”, Feinkunst Kruger, Hambur, Germany
  • “Welcome to New Jersey”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New Jersey, NY
  • “For Goodness Sake”, LA LA Land Gallery, Hollywood, CA
  • “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of High Fructose”, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

2016

  • “Context Art Miami”, Matthew Namour, Miami, FL
  • “Cluster”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Grande Ouverture”, Galerie Matthew Namour, Montreal, QC
  • “Greater Toronto: New Artist Textiles” NYCxDESIGN, New York, NY
  • “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose”, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
  • “Keep It Together”, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, LA
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
  • “A Decade of Lazarides – 10th Anniversary Group Show”, Lazarides Rathbone, London, UK
  • “Illustrators 58”, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

2015

  • “The Colour and the Fury – 10 Years of Jonathan LeVine Gallery”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Mural Festival”, Yves LaRoche Gallery, Montreal, QC
  • “Push Me Pull Me – Pearl Jam Poster Exhibit”, Seattle International Airport, Seattle, WA
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2014

  • “Egregore – The Zenith of Pop Surrealism”, Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal, QC
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
  • “Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery”, Kaufaus Jandorf, Berlin, Germany

2013

  • “Good Work: The Illustration Art Invitational”, Arts Center Gallery, Rochester, NY
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
  • “Waddington’s Concrete Contemporary Auction”, Waddington’s Auction House, Toronto, ON
  • “Wider Than a Postcard”, Group Show, Breezeblock Gallery, Portland, OR
  • “NXNE Showcase” SOHO House, Toronto, ON
  • “Small Works Project”, 2013 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • “Northern Lights”, Rotofugi, Chicago, IL
  • “Buddy System Invitational”, Breezeblock Gallery, Portland, OR

2012

  • “New Blood”, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • Contemporary Canadian Art , Waddingtons Auction House, Toronto, Ontario
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
  • “BLAB WORLD 2012”, Copro Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
  • “The Post-It Show Eight”, Giant Robot, Los Angeles, CA

2011

  • “Made in Polaroid:  50/50/50”, Phillips de Purys, New York, NY
  • “Lucid Dreams”, Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • “Bologna Art Fair”, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Bologna, Italy
  • “3D Art Book”, Opera Gallery, New York, NY
  • American Museum of the Society of Illustrators, Traveling Show 53, New York, NY
  • “Lyric, Group Show”, 323 Gallery, Detroit, MI
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
  • “La Luz de Jesus 25th Anniversary Show”, Los Angeles, CA

2010

  • “Sanrio 50th Anniversary Art Show”, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Christmas Group Show”, The Outsiders Gallery, London, UK
  • “Project 31”, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • “BLAB! A Retrospective”, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
  • “5th year Anniversary Group Exhibition”, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “monUMENTAL”, Trifecta Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “Never Judge…?”, Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK
  • “Fantasilandia”, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Italy
  • “A Starter Kit for Collectors: Art Exhibition”, Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Post-It Show”, Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY
  • “The Vader Project”, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
  • “Where Is My Vote?”,  Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
  • “Blow Up”, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • “Picture Mechanics Show”, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Group Show”, Gallery Nucleus, Pasadena, CA
  • “100 Heads for Haiti”, Spur Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • “Small Favours”, Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY

2009

  • “True Self Show”, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Group Show”, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Beautiful Decay A-Z Exhibition”, Kopeikin Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
  • “Group Show”, The 4th Wall Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • “Natural Beauty”, Mondo Bizarro, Rome, Italy
  • “Poster Art Show”, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Some Type of Wonderful”. Lifelounge
  • “The BLAB! Show”, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • “Berlin’s Smallest Gallery”, Smallery, Berlin, Germany
  • “Urban Superstar Festival”, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy
  • “Screen Prints”, The Print Club, London, UK
  • “Summer Show”, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • “Superhero”, Comic-Con Art Exhibition, San Diego, CA
  • “Toronto International Art Fair”, Yves Laroche Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • “Aqua Art Fair”, Yves Laroche Gallery, Miami, FL
  • “Dimebag 3”, Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY

2008

  • “The 1000 Journals Project”, SFMOMA, San Francisco
  • “Group Show”, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007

  • “Tug Of War”, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC
  • “2007 Los Angeles Art Show”, Billy Shire Fine Arts Booth, Santa Monica, CA
  • “Charity by Numbers”, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA
  • “Look Behind You”, Giant Robot Gallery, New York, NY
  • “The Vader Project”, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2006

  • “Rumble Rumble: An Art Throw Down”, Artlab, Toronto, Canada
  • “MTV Overground #3”, Toy Tokyo, New York, NY
  • “Customized Munny; Traveling Show”, Kid Robot, New York, NY
  • “Nanospore Series 01, Customized Figures”, NY Comicon, New York, NY
  • “Juxtapoz 2006 Group Show”, OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2005

  • “Everything But the Kitschen Sync” – La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Art Party” – Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • “I Am 8 Bit” – Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Day of the Doon” – Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, CA
  • “Circus Punks Rule” – Toy Tokyo, New York, NY
  • “Blab Show” – Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • “TAAFI” – Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
  • “Toronto Art Fair” – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
  • “Prints and Posters” – Outer Edge Studio, Monterey, CA
  • “Built for Speed” – L’Autre Galerie, Montreal, QC
  • “Partridge and Pear Trees” – Magic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • “Picture Mechanics Show” – Musuem of American Illlustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
  • “Art of Denim” – L’Autre Galerie, Montreal, QC
  • “Pop Pluralism” – Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Weirdo Deluxe” – StuARTGallery, Burbank, CA
  • “Male Pattern Baldness and Hummingbirds” – Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR
  • “The Postcard Project” – Fosterart, London, UK

2004

  • “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists” – La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “The Dress Up Show” – Star Shoes, Los Angeles, CA
  • “A Day on the Lawn” – Froden Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “The Art of Laughter, A Salute to Humor” – Jewish Community Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • “V&A Awards” – Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
  • “Contemporary Culture” – City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
  • “10th Anniversary Show” – Giant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Qeedrophonic Doll Show” – OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
  • “Picture Mechanics Group Show” – Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • “Dialogue: The Fine Art of Conversation” – Abbey Church, San Diego, CA
  • “Ghost Town” – Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA

2003

  • “Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artist” – La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Robots Have Feelings Too” – Culture Cache Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Cubed” – Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Hand to Eye” – Magma Books, London, UK
  • “Doll House Show” – Copro Nason Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Cartoon Musuem Show” – Cartoon Museum, San Francisco,CA
  • “Picture Mechanics Group Show” – Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2002

  • “Quartered de La Luz” – The Cartoon Network, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Picture Mechanics Group Show” – 69A Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Circus, Carnival, Freaks and Oddities” – CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
  • “Decipher” – 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
  • “La Luz de Leche” – Milk Bedroom Gallery, Toronto, ON

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