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DOS Art Show Wrap Up July 29th, 2013

The DOS show on Friday July 19th at Toronto’s Evergreen 15,000 sq foot Brick Works warehouse was amazing. Not only did I get to show with 39 talented artists, this time I actually got to sample some of the delicious food from restaurants Big Star (Chicago, USA) and La Carnita (Toronto, Canada). Huge props have to go out to Clay Rochemont (HXfour), Andrew Richmond from La Carnita (and his very busy kitchen staff), One Method & Hashtag Gallery for all the work they put into this. Sorry if I’m missing anyone. I know an event this size took so much time, work and enthusiasm to pull off. Amazing work everyone.

DOS Jaguars - art by Jacqui Oakley & Jamie Lawson

This was the 2nd year the show was put on (hence the clever name DOS) and the DJs, restaurants and the artists were paired up in collaborations, or “battles”. It was an awesome experience being paired up with my husband Jamie Lawson (from Poly Studio). It could have been a disaster if we got too competitive with each other but it worked out perfectly. We each started from a silhouette of a jaguar head’s profile and then went our own ways with each of our our 3ft x 3ft paintings. At the end they had similar underlying sensibilities in colour and graphic shapes making for a cohesive pair, but the detail added to each made them look unique.

Below: Close up of Moon Jaguar and Sun Jaguar by Jacqui Oakley (Hamilton, Canada)  -vs-  Jamie Lawson (Hamilton, Canada)Jaguar - DOS - art by Jacqui Oakley

Earlier in the night and after an insane but brief downpour, the crowds start to form at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. Prime taco time with the shorter line-ups!

DOS - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

I couldn’t resist doing another paper mask for this show, so of course this one had to be a Jaguar. I’ll post some process shots for this fella soon.

Jaguar mask - DOS - paper art by Jacqui Oakley

Here’s the crazy great line-up for the show:

DOS poster - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Here’s some detail shots of the Jaguars. Each of these pieces focused on South American mythology of the Jaguar. According to Mayan beliefs, the journey of the sun across the sky and the darkness of night represented the infinite journey of human consciousness and its transformations. Mayans believed the big cat’s spotted coat represented the night sky. I focused on the Moon Jaguar, traveling throughout the night sky, showing the stars in his spots and battling in the underworld, hence the night blooming flowers, night creatures and insects that feed on corpses.

Jaguar - DOS - art by Jacqui Oakley

Jaguar - DOS - art by Jacqui Oakley

Jaguar - DOS - art by Jacqui Oakley

For Jamie’s piece his Sun Jaguar focused on the Jaguar traveling throughout the day sky and focused on pattern and shape from the intensity of the sun’s rays. The Aztec calendar had 4 suns or cycles of creation and destruction. The first, most primordial sun, was represented by the ocelot or jaguar.




Earlier in the night the crowds started gathering in the ‘art corridor’. This place got packed pretty quickly as the night went on. Nice to see so many people introduced to such a variety of good work.

DOS - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Bryan Espiritu (Toronto, Canada) paired up with  Hydro 74 (Orlando, USA) to do their versions of Ouija boards:


Below: Dubelyoo (Atlanta, USA) & Gene Pendon (Montreal, Canada) shipped this canvas between the two countries to create a stunning tribute to one of the greatest fighters in history.


Below: Eduardo Bertone (Madrid, Spain) -vs- Doublenaut (Toronto, Canada). Great to meet Eduardo who traveled all the way from Spain for this.

DOS - art by Eduardo Bertone

Jamie and I were so happy to grab a print of this great piece by the talented Doublenaut brothers. These prints are still for sale at Hashtag Gallery.

DOS - art by Doublenaut

Below: Loved these pieces by Mike Giant (San Francisco, USA) & Tom Gilmour (London, UK)

DOS - art by Mike Giant & Tom Gilmore

DOS - art by Mike Giant

Below: the wall mural completed the night before the show by Peru143 (Toronto, Canada) & Skam (Toronto, Canada)

DOS show - Peru143 & Skam

Below: these two were not a pair in the ‘battle’ but they’re both pretty striking faces by Andy Kittmer (Muskoka, Canada) & Nick Simhoni (Toronto, Canada)

DOS - art by Andy Kittmer & Matt Darling

Below: One of my favourite pieces of the night by Carson Ting, AKA Chairman Ting (Vancouver, Canada)

DOS - art by Carson Ting

Then we ate! Sadly we didn’t get a chance to grab food from Chicago’s Big Star but we did manage to try a few treats from Toronto’s own La Carnita, one of the event organizers.

DOS - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

DOS - Jacqui Oakley IllustrationBelow: Incredible sculptures by Kwest (Toronto, Canada) nicely paired up with Bacon’s (Toronto, Canada) large paintings:

DOS - art by kwest

DOS - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

The Brickworks is still filled with old ovens and paraphernalia from the days when it was a working brickwork factory.

DOS - art by Jacqui Oakley

DOS show - art by Jacqui Oakley

The floor got packed at night.


DOS - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Jamie Lawson tempers the heat of his Jaguar with an ice cold paleta:

DOS Jaguars - art by Jamie LawsonMe with my Jaguar Mask:

Jaguar mask - DOS - paper art by Jacqui Oakley

My Jaguar drawing that I sold as prints for the night. I’ll pop it up on my Etsy shop soon and it’ll be at the Hashtag Gallery DOS closing show on Friday August 2nd. Make sure you pop by the see all the DOS work.

Jaguar Sketch - Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Thanks for all your work putting this Clay (HXfour)! Great work everyone:

Mike Giant (San Francisco, USA), Tom Gilmour (London, UK), Sam Flores (San Francisco, USA), Joseph Martinez (Denver, USA), Zach Johnsen (Portland, USA), Johnny Crap (Montreal, Canada), Joshua Davis, Chuck Anderson (Chicago, USA), Faith47 (Cape Town, South Africa), DALeast (Beijing, China), Eduardo Bertone (Madrid, Spain), Doublenaut (Toronto, Canada), Dubelyoo (Atlanta, USA), Gene Pendon (Montreal, Canada), Bryan Espiritu (Toronto, Canada), Hydro 74 (Orlando, USA), Matt Barnes (Toronto, Canada), David Glantz (Toronto, Canada), Eric Quebral (Muskoka, Canada), Rcade (Toronto, Canada), Taka Sudo (Vancouver, Canada, Graham Curran (Los Angeles, USA), Ben Tour (Vancouver, Canada, Vladimir Kato (Toronto, Canada), Kwest (Toronto, Canada), Bacon (Toronto, Canada), Skam (Toronto, Canada), Peru143 (Toronto, Canada), Chase Tafoya (Los Angeles, USA), Dresden The Barbarian (Los Angeles, USA), Che Kothari (Toronto, Canada), Nick Simhoni (Toronto, Canada), Jacqui Oakley (Hamilton, Canada), Jamie Lawson (Hamilton, Canada), Andy Kittmer (Muskoka, Canada), Angie Fey (Toronto, Canada), Matt Darling (Toronto, Canada), Nancy Rose (Toronto, Canada), Shingo Shimizu (Toronto, Canada), & Carson Ting (Vancouver, Canada)

If you missed the first event, here’s my post with shots from UNO. Can’t wait to see if there will be a TRES!

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