Gary Taxali
May 2009
More Evil!
Ok, here's the thing. Companies use lye in the making of high fructose corn syrup (that's how they separate the kernel from the syrup). This corn syrup is found in sweetened food products and drinks. Guess what's in the lye? Mercury. This is especially harmful to pregnant women and children.

This illustration was done for Mother Jones (LOVE that magazine!) and the awesome Art Director is Tim J Luddy.

© Gary Taxali
OCAD Illustration Grad Show
For the last 3 years, I have been elated to be teaching 4th Year Thesis Illustration at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. The Program Chair, Professor Paul Dallas along with Professors Jean-Christian Knaff, Tavis Coburn and I are so proud of our graduating students. Paul's great leadership helped guide us in creating a curriculum that helps foster illustration students to thrive creatively while still understanding the needs of graphic communication. We only created this undergraduate Thesis Illustration program 3 years ago and we have seen absolutely amazing, nay, phenomenal work from the students.

Let me put things in perspective: American Illustration received 8100 student entries. 200 entries were chosen for their Tribute site. Of those 200 student entries, 34 of those came from 21 of our students!!

That must be a record.

These brilliant students are SO TALENTED!! Please come see your yourself. Our Grad Show is this weekend at OCAD University in Toronto. Go straight to the 6th floor and prepare to be amazed. Here is a site our students put together that's worth perusing:


Our students. Amazing people and amazing talent - really, who could ask for anything more? They're exactly the reason why I love teaching.

For more information about this weekend's Grad show, please visit OCAD University's Web Site.

© Christopher Kuzma 2009 ILLUSTRATION MEDAL WINNER, Instructor: Paul Dallas
© Deanna Ip, Instructor: Jean-Christian Knaff
© Ryan Lake, Instructor: Tavis Coburn
© Adrian Forrow - SELECTED FOR AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 28 ANNUAL, Instructor: Gary Taxali
Hobbs and Kent Cufflinks
Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with internationally renowned NYC-based jewelly company Hobbs and Kent.  They are known for their luxury sterling silver cufflinks.  The amazingly awesome and talented Creative Director, Jane Ko, contacted me to create a line of limited edition cufflinks for their artist series called 'Ex Arte'.  My edition, called 'Four Vices' is available in sterling silver as well as 18 k gold and porcelain featuring custom wooden painted boxes by me (edition of 5).  Other artists in the edition include Gary Baseman, Jeff Soto, Shauna Peterson and Ray Caesar.

This is a wonderful project and the response has been great.  Here is a link to their site if you'd like to have a look:

Hobbs and Kent

© Gary Taxali "The Four Vices of Man: Women, Alcohol, Gambling and Horses"
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