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OMAR returns to Toronto – iLive Soulfest 2018

The UK Soul Legend is back by popular demand

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iLive Soulfest has become the highlight of the Summer here in Toronto. This time, OMAR is performing along with MdCL for a team-up never before seen in Canada. This should be a special night. Don’t miss it.

Learn more about the Man here.

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Vladamir Putin – Illustration – Adam Jarvis

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Save Your Work (a gentle reminder)

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Floacist – iLive Soulfest 2018 – Toronto (Confirmed)

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Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 5

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I was hired to brand a documentary

And it went very well. I was paid in full with gratitude. I was even asked to speak about the design during TIFF weekend in front of a room filled with Reggae Royalty. You can read my speech here. I felt appreciated and grateful. I met new friends and earned respect as an artist and person.

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Then I was hired to design a Museum Instalment for Black History Month

What an honour. I was teamed up with a scholar of African History, Tyson Brown (Author of Abba Keddus) to design a series of displays and a 40 page book. We immediately hit it off. And the experience of creating this museum exhibit with the production team was pleasurable. This was going to provide me with a small amount of cash to advance Vectorvault closer to it’s objectives. Or so I thought.
I was caught up in a love letter for the people of Rastafari. I put nothing but love into the work. It required the highest level of my skills. My concentration was on the work. Not the money.
The person who hired me saw an opportunity to expand this project beyond a documentary. And she asked me to help her achieve it. And I did. Why?:

I was emotionally involved in the work

I wanted to elevate the subject matter of the religion to the level that it required. I poured myself into it with passion and respect.
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I had found guidance and mentorship

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Koi Pond Art Print by Adam Jarvis

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Elegant art print shipped directly to you.

Limited Edition

This is the last painting I ever produced.
The original is 6 feet by 4 feet and proudly hangs on the wall in my home.

When my wife and I were first married, we shared a small apartment.
While we waited for our first home to be built, I painted this.

It took 3 months. She posed. I painted.
This painting is very special to us both.
It crystalizes the optimism and love in our lives at the time.

This piece was done in acrylic and ink on canvas.
I also used pencil crayons to sketch in line art and shapes over top of the paint.
The original has a reflective gloss.

Painted in the year 2003.

I captured this moment to share with you in the form of a print.
Select from 3 sizes.
Each fit an IKEA Ribba frame perfectly.

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Large Format Retail Print Production

Hot off the presses

Before I even poured the milk on my Froot Loops this Morning, I received this image from the Proprint Retail Production Studio. What a great way to start the day.

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High Quality Production

I did my homework. I wanted a printer that could handle large format retail print production. Not some guy printing business cards in his basement. I researched them all. Asking Point of Sale experts who they turn to.

A friend of mine who works at the top level of a major food brand recommended Proprint.
Sarcastically, I said:

“Let me guess, they’re the best in the biz right?”

He looked at me square in the eyes and said very certainly:

Yes.

That got my attention.

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Great Service. Brilliant Quality.

Artist Profile – Adam Jarvis – 20’s

*Disclaimer

This is who I was half a lifetime ago. I do not accept responsibility for the pretentious media kit photoshoots and bond-villan hairstyles. The truth is, underneath that glaze of hair gel and $4 cologne, I was a nice guy who just loved to paint.

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Like getting a message from your younger self.

I’ve unarchived a series of art from over half a lifetime ago.

I haven’t seen some of these images in years. Luckily for me, I grew up with a group of young photographers who were kind enough to capture these pieces before they left my life forever. And a couple of pretentious looking media photos on the house.

Stumbling upon a box of photography slides of old paintings of mine was a delightful surprise. But finding a high resolution transparency scanner in Toronto is like finding a unicorn. Eventually, I did. Last one in the city actually. And that’s what’s prompted me to write about the person that I was when I painted them. Looking at these slides over a light table really brought me back to the person that I was. Underneath it all, I’m an artist. What a rewarding thought.

I hope that you like them

I’ve got somewhere over 30 paintings. I’m releasing them slowly. And I’m taking my time processing the quality to be at it’s highest level. How high a level?
* I’ll demonstrate by bench pressing my roommate from 20 years ago.
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I’ve always loved art

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been compelled to capture images. I always carried my Moleskine and a pen when I rode the train. I drew little masterpieces between stops, then folded them up in the seats. Thousands of drawings.
But painting was a sacrament for me. It had a beginning, a process and a conclusion. There is just something really great about blending colours in my own apartment. Listening to the radio. Long before the internet got it’s hooks in me. When the only person I was responsible for was me (and my cat I suppose). Only a parent can truly understand and appreciate that. Before I started a family, I was in training to be a good person. Still at it.

Capturing a single moment

My art helped me to overcome my shyness. It gave me the confidence to not only ask some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met to pose. But it also helped me to acquire the most inspiring response an artist can ever hear: Yes.

Could that shirt be any tighter. Sheesh.

Could that shirt be any tighter. Sheesh.

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