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Here’s a little preview of our upcoming Small Works exhibition!

Our Small Works exhibit is less than a month away! Small Works is a group exhibition featuring the work of over a dozen artists. All work is small-scale (3 x 3 feet or under) and affordable! 

8 November - 31 December. Navillus Gallery. 110 Davenport Road. Toronto

Small Works Holiday Art Market:
Saturday 29 November & Saturday 13 December 2014
12 pm - 5 pm

Navillus Gallery Presents: Elly Smallwood

Navillus Gallery is excited to be hosting Small Works, an upcoming group exhibition of small-scale, affordable art.  One of the artists that will be showing at Small Works is Toronto-based painter, Elly Smallwood.  Elly’s work is inspired by the human body, and its ability to both attract and repulse us.



Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12 IN

Elly describes her work as “intensely personal”, exploring her own mind and body, and also those of the people around her.  Her paintings juxtapose the delicate and grotesque, characterized by raw brush strokes and stark colours smeared across the skin of her subjects.  Elly’s work attempts to bring physical form to her rough, visceral interpretation of humanity.


Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 30 IN

Elly is originally from Ottawa, but now lives and works in Toronto.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University.  She has exhibited in Toronto since 2010, with the OCAD Student Gallery, as well as at Nuit Blanche (Double Rainbow, Xpace, 2010), Propeller Gallery (2011), Hashtag Gallery (2012), and at the Cube Gallery in Ottawa (2013).


Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 30 IN

Elly’s work will be on display as part of Small Works from 8 November - 31 December 2014. 

For more information on Elly’s work, please visit her site at:

Navillus Gallery’s Picks for Nuit Blanche 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014 launches tonight!  For those who don’t know (but you should!), since 2006, Nuit Blanche has been an annual all-night celebration of the arts, turning Toronto itself into a city-wide art gallery! It’s a truly spectacular art party, so be sure to hit it up tonight and check out our top 3 picks for must-see exhibits:


This labyrinth by Yoan Capote is designed to resemble the human mind, and is “a metaphor for how we need to step out of our minds” in order to open ourselves to exchange of thoughts and ideas with people regardless of cultural, political, or religious barriers.  The piece builds a space for public meditation, where the movement of people reflects the transfer of information between neurons in the brain.  Check it out at Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd.


HOLOSCENES by Early Morning Opera is a performance installation featuring an aquarium-like sculpture viewable from 360 degrees, inhabited by a performer who acts out a mundane task.  Over the course of the exhibit, the sculpture is periodically filled with water and drained, and each performer must adapt their behaviour to a new aquatic environment.  Check it out at Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd.


An interactive installation by Urban Visuals, Shy Lights explores an inversion of the concept of a spotlight.  Instead of illuminating subjects, Shy Lights actively avoid participants as they move through the space.  Check it out at Duncan St. and Queen St. W.

Photo(s) of the Day


Zac Kenny, Mini Quest I, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 IN, $50.


Zac Kenny, Mini Quest II, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 IN, $50.

Zac Kenny, Tangerine Tangle, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 IN, $50

Zac Kenny’s miniature paintings are on display and available to purchase at Navillus Gallery!

Be sure to drop by and get your tiny art fill! Also available are Kestin Cornwall’s miniature wood blocks!

Featured Artist: FRANK HOWARTH

Art and art gallery enthusiasts alike are generally accustomed to seeing an artist’s finished pieces.  Most of the time, we do not get to see the process behind creating the works of art that we so admire.

Frank Howarth is a Portland-based architect and woodworker, who creates videos that not only document his process, but also explain the decisions he makes at each step along the way.  Howarth’s videos are interesting and involved; sometimes pushing 20 minutes in length.

Frank also creates stop-motion videos, in which he digitally removes himself completely from the image, giving his inanimate tools and materials an anthropomorphic spirit.  Check out the video below, in which his shop ghosts make him a carver’s mallet:

This is just a small sampling of the videos Frank has created over the years.  You can check out more of Frank’s work on his Youtube channel.