Gary Taxali

Canada 1968

Pop Art, Illustration

Gary Taxali
Gary Taxali
March 18, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in 1968 and raised in Toronto, Canada. In 1991, Taxali graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD).

Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in many major magazines. 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 eventually saw the release of his OH NO and OH OH vinyl figures. Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary also 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) and Istituto Europeo Di Design (Rome, Italy).

Gary is a Founding Member of IPA (The Illustrators’ Partnership of America) and sits on the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post.   Gary has also 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 and 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration. Gary created the cover art and inside illustrations for Aimee Mann’s latest album @#%&*! Smilers, which won a 2009 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Package Design.

Last year, Taxali released his first children’s book entitled This Is Silly!, published by Scholastic Press. This past fall saw the release of his monographs entitled, I Love You, OK? published  by teNeues in Germany and Mono Taxali published by 27_9 in Italy.

In 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint released a special edition of six Gary Taxali 25¢ coins which, in addition to original art uniquely created for the coins, Taxali also did the typography using his font Chumply.  Each coin is stamped bearing his initials.

Gary lives and works in Toronto.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Unforget MeJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYSolo
2014Shanti TownWaddington’s, Toronto, ONSolo
2013AssemblagesSOHO House, Toronto, ONSolo
2013Good Work: The Illustration Art InvitationalArts Center Gallery, Rochester, NYGroup
2013Project 31OCAD University, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2013Waddington’s Concrete Contemporary AuctionWaddington’s Auction House, Toronto, ONGroup
2013Wider Than a PostcardBreezeblock Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2013NXNE ShowcaseSOHO House, Toronto, ONGroup
2013Small Works Project2013 Venice Biennale, Venice, ItalyGroup
2013Northern LightsRotofugi, Chicago, ILGroup
2012My Feelings Like YouThe Outsiders (Lazarides), London, UKSolo
2012Selected WorksAntonio Colombo Gallery, Milano, ItalySolo
2012New BloodThinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012Contemporary Canadian ArtWaddingtons Auction House, Toronto, OntarioGroup
2012Project 31 OCAD University, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2012BLAB WORLD 2012Copro Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2012The Post-It Show EightGiant Robot, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Made in Polaroid:  50/50/50Phillips de Purys, New York, NYGroup
2011Lucid DreamsNoel-Baza Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
2011Bologna Art FairAntonio Colombo Gallery, Bologna, ItalyGroup
20113D Art BookOpera Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011American Museum of the Society of Illustrators, Traveling Show 53New York, NYGroup
2011Lyric, Group Show323 Gallery, Detroit, MIGroup
2011Project 31OCAD University, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2011La Luz de Jesus 25 th  Anniversary ShowLos Angeles, CAGroup
2010Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Five Year AnniversaryJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYGroup
2010The Taxali 300Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, ONSolo
2010Sanrio 50 th  Anniversary Art ShowLos Angeles, CAGroup
2010Christmas Group ShowThe Outsiders Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Project 31OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaGroup
2010BLAB! A RetrospectiveSociety of Illustrators, New York, NYGroup
2010monUMENTALTrifecta Gallery, Las Vegas, NevadaGroup
2010Never Judge…?Stolen Space Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010FantasilandiaAntonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, ItalyGroup
2010A Starter Kit for Collectors: Art ExhibitionTribes Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Post-It ShowGiant Robot Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010The Vader ProjectAndy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
2010Where Is My Vote?Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2010Blow UpG. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2010Picture Mechanics ShowLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Group ShowGallery Nucleus, Pasadena, CAGroup
2010100 Heads for HaitiSpur Gallery, Baltimore, MDGroup
2010Small FavoursGiant Robot Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009True selfJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYGroup
2009Hindi Love SongJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYSolo
2009Beautiful Decay A-Z ExhibitionKopeikin Gallery, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2009Poster Art ShowHollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Berlin’s Smallest GallerySmallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Summer ShowG. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2009Aqua Art FairYves Laroche Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2008Flop House RulesIguapop Gallery, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2008The 1000 Journals ProjectSFMOMA, San FranciscoGroup
2007RUAS DE SÃO PAULO, a Benefit Art AuctionJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYGroup
2007Save The Boreal, New Print Launch and ShowMagic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2007Last Year’s WinnerMagic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
20072007 Los Angeles Art ShowBilly Shire Fine Arts Booth, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2007Look Behind YouGiant Robot Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006The Up-N-Down ShowLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Rumble Rumble: An Art Throw DownArtlab, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2006Nanospore Series 01, Customized FiguresNY Comicon, New York, NYGroup
2005Pop PluralismJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYGroup
2005Chumpy’s SpecialsOX OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MNSolo
2005Toy Monkey Launch and New PrintsMagic Pony, Toronto, ONSolo
2005Chumpy’s Night SchoolLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005Everything But the Kitschen SyncLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Day of the DoonBonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, CAGroup
2005TAAFIGladstone Hotel, Toronto, ONGroup
2005Built for SpeedL’Autre Galerie, Montreal, QCGroup
2005Art of Denim L’Autre Galerie, Montreal, QCGroup
2005Male Pattern Baldness and HummingbirdsReading Frenzy, Portland, ORGroup
2004Uncommercial Art by Commercial ArtistsLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004The Art of Laughter, A Salute to HumorJewish Community Center, Santa Monica, CAGroup
200410th Anniversary ShowGiant Robot Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Picture Mechanics Group ShowExploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CAGroup
2003Uncommercial Art by Commercial ArtistLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Hand to EyeMagma Books, London, UKGroup
2003Picture Mechanics Group ShowZeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TNGroup
2002Quartered de La LuzThe Cartoon Network, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2002Circus, Carnival, Freaks and OdditiesCPOP Gallery, Detroit, MIGroup
2002La Luz de LecheMilk Bedroom Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2001Sweet Shop Toys, Candies and BooksCPOP Gallery, Detroit, MISolo
2001America Lucky ServiceLa Luz de Jesus GallerySolo
2000New WorkAnno Domini Gallery, San José, CASolo