Bear Street Public Art
The Call to Artists received many strong responses, and the Community Art Committee is happy to announce that the selection jury has shortlisted the following artists. The Committee is excited to welcome these artists to our community over the coming months, and see the proposals inspired by their visit to our Town.
Hooman Mehdizadehjafari is an award-winning Iranian-Canadian visual artist and designer. He was born in Iran and graduated from the Tehran University of Art with a Master's in Sculpture and Painting. Hooman commenced his artistic journey as a professional artist from the early years of his education by attending 30+ sculpture and visual art exhibitions around the world. Throughout his career, he has held 3 solo shows and attended several biennials and art fairs including the prestigious ARTPARIS. Over the past 13 years, Hooman has been specifically focused on custom design art installations and public arts both for public and private sectors. His expert team includes professional 3D designers, engineers, and fabricators. Hooman uses art form as a powerful medium to ignite connection. Often featuring biomimicry, his art is activated by the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and how the geometric forms found in natural organisms create dynamic imagery in the most harmonious way.
Isabelle Demers and Fanny Mesnard works come together because a fascination for the poetic and expressive force of animal and vegetal forms from the boreal forest. Their artistic collaboration allows them to put forth their ecological concerns while generating generous animalistic projects that promote nature in urban spaces. The two artists have been working together on common projects since 2014 but have been operating as the public art duo Demers-Mesnard since 2016. They completed one temporary public project (an island that traveled 4 times and to the US!) and three permanent public art projects in Quebec (Québec City and Rimouski).
With over 25 years of experience working as a commercial artist, illustrator and photographer, William Frymire is currently pursuing a career in sustainable public art, as well as creating fine art made from both recycled materials and natural stone mosaic tile.
William Frymire was born in Prince George, Canada, in 1965. He holds a diploma in Art in Merchandising from Langara College and a diploma in Digital Art and Design from Thompson Rivers University. Frymire has been acknowledged by Thompson Rivers University as a Distinguished Alumni for Professional Achievement.
Maintaining a commercial art practice over several decades, William has developed a unique process for creating larger scale mosaic artwork with greater complexity and variety of materials than has been possible in the past. He strives to work responsibly, using recycled materials and sustainable environmental practices throughout the production of his pieces whenever possible.
Frymire’s bold use of color, technology and dissection and reinterpretation are hallmarks of his artistic style. Recently, his innovative metal sculptures have opened up new possibilities for creative expression.
Frymire continues his lifelong personal education, recently completing courses in TIG welding and Project Management that will help with his commitment to creating relevant art for the public realm.
Brandon Vickerd is a Hamilton based artist and Professor of Sculpture at York University, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. He received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1999) and his MFA from the University of Victoria (2001).
Purposely diverse, his studio work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, the goal of his work is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of progress ingrained in Western world views.
Recent public art projects include The Wilds of Kingston, (Kingston, ON 2021), Monument to the White Squirrel commissioned by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, ON, 2020); The Passenger, commissioned by the City of Waterloo (2020); and Wolfe and the Sparrows, commissioned by the City of Calgary (2019).
Vickerd has received numerous awards and grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.