GARY TAXALI
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Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist. Gary has worked for clients including Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GQ and The New York Times. He has exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe including The Jonathan LeVine Gallery, MondoPOP Gallery, The Antonio Colombo Gallery, Steve Lazarides’ gallery, The Outsiders, The Andy Warhol Museum, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, and The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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 coincided with the release of his OH NO and OH OH vinyl figures. In January 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint released 6 Gary Taxali limited edition 25¢ coins. In 2013 and 2014, Gary released three series of Italian silk pocket squares through Harry Rosen in Canada.

Gary created the cover art and inside illustrations for Aimee Mann’s album @#%&*! Smilers, which earned a 2009 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Art Package. He has also won hundreds of other awards including a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Gold Medal from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a Regional and National Gold Addy, a Shortlist Nomination for a Cannes Lion, and numerous awards from American Illustration, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, Print, Society of Publication Designers, The Chicago Creative Club and The Advertising and Design Club of Canada.

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Gary Taxali – The Art of Whimsy

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Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator, artist, author and toy designer.

His work has appeared in many major magazines such as The New York Times, Newsweek, GQ and others.

He has exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe including The Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

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 recently saw the release of his OH NO and OH OH vinyl figures.


CLIENTS

Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, 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 Illustrators (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 and Shortlist for a Cannes Lion

LECTURES

First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2017
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


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

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