This past summer, with artists Felix Berube and Troy Lovegates, Drew Mosley created the mural Heart of a City in Motion in the 417 underpass at Bank Street. It bustles with a peaceable kingdom of creatures.
At the Ottawa Art Gallery in June, Mosley showed 20 or so small, three-dimensional, framed woodland scenes, each made of paintings and found objects, and each a fable-like, narrative diorama of forest creatures. Almost every piece sold on opening night — the sort of public endorsement that inspires artists to even greater creative heights.
In 2016, Mosley, who is both artist and carpenter, will be focusing his art on the Toronto and Montreal markets and building up an inventory of work at his Ottawa studio. He’s also hoping to do more public murals in the capital.
— Peter Simpson
Artist and carpenter Drew Mosley lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. Between bushwhacking through the wilderness and exhaustive studio work, Mosley finds time to create scenes depicting creatures from the depths of his imagination, inspired by his surroundings. His tender three-dimensional pieces, built using found objects from the forest and beautiful wooden bowls, evoke a fantastical world.
Ottawa’s Drew Mosley is part artist and part carpenter, and the two sides of his creativity often come together in distinctive and delightful portraits of wildlife — though not your typical wildlife. Mosley’s portraits are paintings and dioramas both, ensconced in his own frame boxes, and featuring owls and foxes, bears and occasionally people, who often stare out with wistful expressions. Hence the wit in the title of his website, Into the Mild.
These incredible dioramas by Drew Mosley are actually layer after layer of painted resin that create a three dimensional sculpture in the middle of the carved out bowls. The additional flora and fauna, among other items are also hand collected by Mosley who seems quite at one with nature. He’s certainly a natural at creating beauty.
Ottawa artist and carpenter Drew Mosley paints forest-dwelling characters encased in wooden bowls filled with layers of resin. Each scene is further embellished with found bits of flora and fauna: twigs, leaves, eggs, and more, creating artworks that walk a fine line between storybook illustration and sculptural dioramas. Mosley has an extensive studio practice and also pursues a wide range of building and woodworking projects around Ottawa Valley. His paintings have been exhibited throughout Canada and Greece and he currently has a show at theOttawa Art Gallery through July 27, 2015.
Canadian artist Drew Mosley paints vivid scenes of anthropomorphic animals on layers and layers of resin. Being an artist and a carpenter, his work contains layers of resin that sit inside custom made wooden frames. Being surrounded by incredible nature in his hometown of Ontario, he draws inspiration from the breathtaking beauty of the wild. The little forest creatures he depicts in his artwork are no doubt animals that he has come across on hikes or in daily life. Drew Mosley’s furry friends look like characters from a storybook, with lots of personality and quirky qualities. Although the critters are wild, they act somewhat like humans by carrying objects such as traveling packs and flags.
Drew Mosley creates in depth atmospheres by painting on individual layers of resin. Each animal almost seems to be popping out of its lush habitat, appearing three-dimensional. Even the feathers of the owl seem to be standing straight up, creating a very real sense of volume and shape. By using this technique, the artist renders extremely realistic textures of fur, feathers, twigs, and leaves. Many of his dioramas include found objects that sit right in the resin, jutting out from the piece. In Mosley’s work titled The Egg Thief, a real quail egg is included in the composition, making the entire piece look all the more realistic. The artist also being a carpenter, he creates sculptures and installations of his wild critters.
Super pumped to have worked with a brand like Maru and the awesome human behind it Andrew Szeto. Line drops April 26th at Antique Skate shop along with a secret short film that we made a month ago featuring some of Ottawa's finest shredders. More on that soon.
Heres a little vid featuring me being mega nervous and trying to answer some questions on the Line and what I do.
Very happy to be featured in the latest issue from Mexico's Apocrifa alongside some pretty amazing artists.
Here is the link to the Magpie store for those of you who didn't make it out to the opening, items can be purchased online! What a night!!! Huge thanks to Jess WF and everyone at Magpie.
Also, with every bangle purchase, a limited edition signed and numbered print of "Fern Bear" will accompany the sale!
Heres the video for the bench works project my wife and I are apart of! So stoked to be involved in this!
As part of the support local month here in Ottawa, I was asked, along with 7 other local artists to design some jewellery to be displayed and sold at Magpie. I had never thought about jewellery design so the challenge was a welcome one!
The launch is this Wednesday Nov. 6th at their Wellington store. Please pop by if you are in the area!
The fine folks at Arboretum asked me to design a t-shirt again this year for the second annual Arb music fest! So stoked! Check 'em out they are going fast!
Had a really nice exchange with Tony Martins over at Guerilla mag and he put it in his latest issue! As well as the two paintings he recently commissioned from me. Check it out!