Born in Italy, in 1961, Toni Hamel is a Canadian artist living and working in Oshawa, Ontario. It is a suburb of Toronto. Hamel enjoys plucking petal from flowers in human-size or adding stripes to a tiger. Her dreams add life to her oil paintings making up uncanny scenarios.
Toni Hamel has a BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce (Italy, 1983). She has a post-graduate Certificate in Computer Graphics from Sheridan College (Canada, 1991), the Golden Key National Honour Society Award from the University of Toronto where she attended the Specialist Programme in Psychology (1997), and the Lubiam Prize (Milan,1983).
The artist combined her personal experiences and observations to create compositions presenting a humorous undertone. She approaches every new work keeping it realistic and is at ease about things happening around, no matter how improbable it appears.
She refers her work as ‘illustrated commentary on human frailties.’ She merges two worlds real-life and cartoons or surreal and art history figures. All her works are stand-alone pieces and share the conceptual underpinning that is political by nature.
She intends to expose realities and human behaviour aspects and aims to be peculiar and not absurd with her funny painting. They may relate to the attitude towards the natural environment, other beings, or self. Pointing to popular culture, historical references, and current models, her narratives are satirical showing the human behaviour repercussions.
The stories of the paintings are outlandish and the muted atmosphere cements the space events and it is okay to suspend disbelief or dig into deep meanings. The Canada-based artist Toni Hamel gives her paintings a humorous twist, making it satirical painting.
Her drawings reveal her art practice and the story-telling feel. It brings out her outward observations and personal experiences to create, reflect on and to interpret the character. She weighs good or bad, holy or virtues in equal and supplies material for her investigations. Her framework leads to various disciplines, paintings, drawings, installations, and sculptures and it is in non-traditional and traditional materials, chosen by the ability to support messages to convey.
Hanel has received many aware and 3 Ontario Arts Council grants. Her work was exhibited in commercial and public galleries abroad and in Canada. There are permanent art collections in the Government of Ontario and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, besides the US, Canada and Europe private collections.
For her art is a therapy. She is fascinated by the human behaviour and psychology study and includes the social dynamics of the parallel world. Her paintings give vent to the subconscious world. She believes through art, anyone can manifest the most imaginative aspect and also dig the hidden ones. You can see the visions on the canvas and know the rational sides.
Toni Hamel Paintings