Meet Anson Liaw. This Toronto-based illustrator/artist has been doodling, drawing and painting since he was just 2 years old. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in 1989, he’s been involved in dozens of projects ranging from magazine and book publications to corporate and advertising communications.
His latest project? A giant mural, prominently displayed at our new Rogers store at Yonge and Bloor in Toronto. This piece of art is part of the new Rogers Public Gallery, a community project where we feature the work of local artists on a “public canvas” in three Rogers stores in Toronto and Barrie.
The art is in the form of an oversized picture frame located at the front of the stores. Artists are invited to submit images based on a set of criteria, which changes regularly. If selected, the artist will receive a one-time honorarium and the piece will be displayed in-store for up to 6 months.
For the first image, Anson was asked to submit an image that embodies the core Toronto Blue Jays personality and values such as integrity, passion for winning and teamwork. Anson’s piece, entitled Foundation of Dreams to Reality, is designed to commemorate the commitment of the Jays Care Foundation to communities across Canada . His style is said to have “a graphic, yet painterly style coupled with concept and design thinking.” These qualities, according to Anson, are the key to visually telling a story.
Anson has received loads of recognition and awards for his work including being named one of Luerzer’s ARCHIVE 200 best illustrators. When he’s not designing beautiful artwork for our retail locations, Anson teaches at OCAD. To check out more of Anson’s work, go to www.illoz.com/liaw
Interested in being part of Rogers Public Gallery?
If you are interested in participating in the program, send an email to email@example.com requesting more information. We’ll send details about criteria and technical requirements.
You can also ask the staff at any of the stores that have the public gallery as part of their store design. The three stores are located at the Toronto Eaton Centre, Yonge and Bloor (764 Yonge Street) and Georgian Mall in Barrie.
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