The Arts Factory is a mixed-use arts facility located in a transformed art deco warehouse at 281 Industrial Avenue. Home to a vibrant mix of artists from a variety of styles and disciplines. Our artists work with everything from textiles to paint to photographs, on work that ranges from grand to tiny, with inspiration from nature, popular culture, childhood toys, imaginary magical animals and more.
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Andrea Hooge is an artist working from her studio at the Arts Factory. She is often inspired by the nostalgia of vintage magazine and children's books, and her focus is mainly on creating figurative oil paintings and scratchboards. While many of her works are on wood or hardboard panel, she also creates scratchboard cutouts to move away from conventional shapes. These have been made to stand alone or to overlap to create larger and more dynamic pieces. Andrea attended the University of the Fraser Valley, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited in various group shows and she has had five solo exhibitions
Ati Ahkami is an Iranian born sculptor based in Vancouver, Canada. Her terracotta sculptures mainly focus on an investigation of the beauty of the human form and the strength and resilience of the human spirit, especially that of the female body and whole being which has been the subject of much objectification and controversy throughout history. Ati graduated in 1976 from Tehran University with a degree in business administration. She studied sculpture in Vancouver starting in 2007, with Ms. Parvaneh Roodgar.
From wearable art to sound-absorbing wall hangings, exploring the textures and properties of wool and what it can shape into has become Chantal Cardinal's full time obsession under FELT à la main with LOVE. After a career as a Fashion Designer and Costumer in the film industry, she was introduced to wet felting techniques where she discovered the endless possibilities of painting with fibres and falling in love with nature's renewable gift. This opened her up to the breathtaking ways in which material could be molded and shaped to create endless possibilities of artifacts out of wool. An important part of her artistic practice is using local wool and processing it herself from a raw sheep's fleece that she gets to know by name. Chantal loves to share her love of wet felting with workshops at community events, online, on location like at Fibreworks Gallery & Studio or at her studio. She has exhibited in BC, the USA, as well as in the UK, and was awarded a Vancity public art commission for the Surrey City Center Branch. In this last challenging year, she was part of an AIC grant (Artist in Classroom) where she engaged 200+ kids K-7, over a six month period, in creating Living Walls:From Farm to Felt and connecting the kids to where the medium comes from by processing a raw sheep's fleece and turning it into art.
In my previous life I was a circus coach/performer, coaching at Circus West and stiltwalking and juggling around Vancouver. I also trained in sword fighting at Academie Duello in downtown Vancouver, and with Lykopis archery, which is where my leather working began, making equipment and accessories, particularly for archery. Then in 2016 my AVM intervened, I had a brain bleed and spent 4 months at VGH and GF Strong rehab. On my release I quickly discovered most of my pre stroke activities were either unavailable to me or so difficult as to be disheartening. Fortunately I was still able to do leather working and archery, and these, particularly the crafting, have become my anchor and direction. I try to incorporate recycled and repurposed materials into my pieces as much as possible, I also, almost exclusively, work with veg tan Leather and hand dye and stitch most of my work.
Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose practice engages drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale murals. Through her Indo-folk feminine aesthetic, she confronts themes of bleakness, despair and ugliness with their dissonant opposites: brightness, hope and beauty. Johal’s work typically centers around the stories of women and while she highlights female suffering in its many forms, these are ultimately stories of resistance and resilience. Johal has worked on a number of notable site-specific commissions including a recent mural for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s inaugural #SpotlightVanArtRental project (2021), a digital projection mapping for Facade Festival produced by Burrard Arts Foundation (For Jyoti, 2019), and a 4,000 sf collaborative mural project for Vancouver Mural Festival, which centred around the Komagata Maru Episode and involved the denaming of the federal building it was painted on (Taike-Sye’yə, 2019). Her work was part of the group exhibition In/Visible: Body as Reflective Site through the McClure Gallery and Visual Arts Centre in Montreal in partnership with the IMPACTS Project (2019). Johal’s clients include the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Holt Renfrew, Lululemon, and Earls Restaurant Group as well as the University of British Columbia's Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She has been an artist-in-residence at Burrard Arts Foundation (2021) and Indian Summer Festival (2018) and is the 2019 recipient of the Darpan Magazine Artistic Visionary Award. Johal holds a Diploma in Fine Arts (honours) from Langara College (2007) and a Degree in Education from the University of British Columbia (2002). She lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Katherine Wilson is a Vancouver-based visual artist, metalsmith and lapidarist. She has been drawing and painting for over twenty years, and in the last three years she has begun working with metal and stones to make one-of-a kind jewellery pieces. Katherine is driven by both the pursuit of beauty and an innate curiosity for the world around her. Natural cycles, decay, sensuality, movement, and the macabre are recurring themes that consistently appear in her work. The art-making process allows her to express that which she cannot with words—the tensions, shadows, and light she feels within herself, the beauty of a particular curve, and the profound miracles that can be witnessed in Nature. In her visual art, Katherine explores both abstract surrealism and pop surrealist illustration. In her jewellery design, Katherine employs a variety of metalsmithing and stone cutting/polishing techniques to create both organic and geometric wearable art.
With a sharp eye for colour and a quirky sense of humour, East Vancouver-based artist Kat McPhee’s vibrant, expressionist portraits and mixed media prints have quickly earned a loyal following. Applying elements of graffiti and animation as inspiration, Kat uses a broad palette that includes oil pastels, acrylics and spray paint to add density and texture to her pieces. Kat has been drawing since she was old enough to pick up a pencil. Over the years, growing interest in her pieces has allowed her to take her passion to the next level. She creates privately commissioned work, specifically pet portraits, almost daily at Vancouver’s Arts Factory Society and has showcased her pieces at numerous galleries and restaurants. Her most recent collections include a series of eccentric animal portraits, animated celebrity paintings and skatedeck art. She has also created an impressive line of mixed media photography prints which showcase the tiger & unicorn. All of her works boast unique elements inspired by street art and surrealism to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Kat’s interests don’t end with art. She also has a blossoming clothing brand Mister, We Are the Weirdos which encourages and embraces individuality, creativity and diversity.
Laleh Javaheri is a fibre artist, garment designer, jewelry designer, and painter who has worked in a wide variety of media over the span of over 40 years. Her interest lies in producing objects of varied functionality and to cross the traditional boundaries of function and ornament. The materiality of her work intends to explore and re-express natural components, mainly fibres. She has worked in several disciplines and media from textiles to jewelry and sculptural forms to paintings and her work had been exhibited at several local and international exhibitions.
Vanessa Lam’s work begins as an emotional release. She translates emotions evoked from everyday observations into colour, form and movement in collage, sculpture and painting. She is the Vancouver Regional and Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. She was awarded the opportunity to collaborate with Artsy for her first solo exhibition in New York. Lam completed an artist residency at Takt Projektraum in Berlin, Germany. Her work has been featured in Create! and Uppercase. Lam’s work can be found in private collections in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
Humanities relationship to nature has always horrified yet fascinated me. Why we do what we do. How we justify our actions. The world is full of brilliance and chaos. Let us capture it and throw a little of our own into the fray.
Mari Torizane is an abstract painter and wood carver who is inspired by the Nature and the Universe. Create her art with mostly like Dreaming in her dream. Sometimes adding bit of Oriental tastes.
Megan Majewski’s narrative work tells stories from her dreams, experiences and memories. She focuses on capturing the shadows in her unconscious and bringing them to life through symbolism and the haunting figures in her paintings. Her recent work explores the fragile beauty of life and death while fixated by symbolism from cryptological communication through the use of flowers. She has had her art featured all over the world and has been a GOLDEN Artist Educator since 2016. With a background in animation, working on movies and TV shows, she now creates art full time from her art studio in Vancouver Canada.
Sára Molčan is a Canadian contemporary artist who captures the universal desire to be liked in her large-scale conceptual realism paintings. Unequivocally millennial, Molčan’s work addresses the careful curation of personas, our imperfect existence, and the ambivalence towards romantic partners in the digital era. Reflecting the development of social media’s penetration of our daily existence while confronting our culture of comparison, Molčan’s larger-than-life selfies examine society’s sense of insecurity and our culture’s desire to seek meaning from the meaningless. Her paintings are a calculated and critical performance of self, dictated through the ever-present yearning for likes and comments to fill the emotional void. Molčan’s work has been featured on the Daily Mail, Vancouver is Awesome, the BBC, The Today Show, Huffington Post, and New York Magazine, among others. Combining her analog paintings with AR digital manipulations, her paintings have been the subject of solo and group exhibitions throughout Vancouver. Molčan holds a BA from Vancouver Island University and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She currently lives and works in Vancouver.
“If you know what you’re doing, you shouldn’t be doing it.” I try to embrace that sentiment and make each project an exploration. There’s a moment, early on, when a new project is materializing in an embarrassingly ugly fashion. For me, that stage is the most exciting. Everything else is just refinement.
After many years of digital painting on highly realistic 3D backgrounds for feature film, Sherri’s traditional paintings combine portrait techniques with graphic design principles and pop culture themes.
Kemo is a fibre artist working primarily with lace. She creates abstract 2D and 3D framed works using a variety of lace techniques. The lace is layered and stretched making architect shadows in its wake. She has worked in her Arts Factory studio for 5 years and studied textile arts in Newfoundland and at Capilano University. Currently, her work is touring with Grand National Fibre Art Exhibition in 'Crossroads".
Tristesse Seeliger is a Vancouver artist. Her multimedia works include collages, murals, paintings, and sculptures. She predominantly explores the ideas and metaphors around mapping as a tool of perception and orientation. In her newest abstract paintings, she explores shape, colour, and form influenced by the pathways water and creatures create on the land. These artworks are colour field paintings that explore movement, transparency, and opaque layers shifting across a plane. Tristesse hosts an Artist Talk and Assignment series on YouTube called Studio to Studio. In this series, she interviews talented artists who give us insights into their practice and then assigns a creative project. This series started during the pandemic and just kept going.