Happy New Year to all of you. We know the current state of the world around us is not the new beginning we had hoped for, but in the spirit of the New Year, let us introduce you to new artists and their fresh takes on interpreting dreams, ideas, and stories. It is our hope that this brings some colour and small moments of joy to your lives today.
As you know, the student zone at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair has been a treasure trove for curious and dedicated art lovers who take pride in their diligent discovery of the next up and coming Canadian art talents. Varvara Nedilska is the newest artist from OCAD U’s Career Launcher program to join this legacy. Her magical storytelling and surreal dreamscapes are a perfect escape to a wonderful imaginary world — the only kind of pleasurable travel we can have these days!
Varvara’s modern take on folk art garnered her the title of Best of Student where she was awarded the Marie Collins Memorial cash award, the Artscape Award, and topped with the House of IDEA purchase award.
The Artscape Award grants Varavara the opportunity for a one-week self-directed artist residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point where she can ideate and create in the gorgeous Toronto Islands in preparation for a one-week solo exhibition in the Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace in 2021.
Below is a glimpse of Varvara’s world for you. Take your time to dive deeper, and get to know her a bit more. And if you can get your hand on a piece, you are in luck! We only have a few left on our website.
We are so thrilled to see so many artworks find new homes over the holidays; let's continue to show the love. Tag us on social media of your new pieces, and don't forget to use #TOAFatHome.
Varvara Nedilska is a Ukrainian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and a 2020 graduate of the OCADU Illustration program.