The art festival returned for its fifth year in August with a brand new theme titled, No Empty Spaces. Out of the wide range of works shown, these caught our attention.
The streets of Yorkville, from Bellair to Hazelton Avenue, were busier than usual over the last weekend in August. Celebrating its fifth instalment, Yorkville Murals transformed more than 50,000 square feet of blank space in the buzzy Annex village into colourful and engaging art displays. Presented in part by Taglialatella Galleries, the festival aimed to leave no space untouched by the work of local talent. Here are some of our favourite pieces displayed.
It’s Nice in Nice
Inspired by the iconic French Riviera, artist Victoria Sequeira‘s use of bold colours and lustrous forms captures the beauty and vibrant spirit of the region, adding a warmth and romance to the corner of the Four Seasons Hotel.
When Worlds Collide
Be moved by the poetic fusion of figures and landscapes as Ness Lee‘s contribution to Yorkville Murals invites visitors to become a part of each other’s worlds, intertwined within a narrow laneway. This is the second large-scale mural Lee has presented in less than one month, with the opening of their solo exhibition at Hamilton’s Centre taking place last week.
This 8-foot sphere composed entirely of basketballs, explores the inherent human desire to reach new heights and pursue personal and collective elevation. Located at Yorkville Village Atrium, this original work by multimedia artist Jordan Sook demands a closer look.
Known for his bold use of wordplay, artist Ben Johnston did not disappoint with his punchy and playful installation in Cumberland Parkade for Yorkville Murals. A popular selfie spot during Yorkville Murals’ YVM Block Party, this piece offers sound advice without preaching too loudly.
Among the international artists presenting work at this year’s Yorkville Murals, Sage Barnes brought a touch of his Kansas City style to Toronto. Illuminated under the glare of a spotlight, the installation brought a transformative curiosity that transformed from day to night.