Local media personality NIK BEAT is not content to host one of the longest running college radio shows in Canada (Howl! Tuesdays @ 10pm on CIUT-FM), be a published author and poet, musician and concert promoter, he is also an accomplished painter and collage artist. On Saturday October 12th between 1pm and 6pm, Nik will create two large format pop collages live at GALLERY CATALYST, 666 Queen St West, Toronto.
To add extra dimension and energy to the event, Nik will be joined by a cadre of local musicians, performance artists and exotic dancers as he works in much the same way as legendary Artists Eleven founder William Ronald did when he painted in his later years (Ronald would surround himself with strippers, models and a variety of entertainers as he painted his masterworks). Their participation promises surprises, provocation and innovative interactive entertainment for the audience and art fans at Catalyst. Featured guests include: cellist, performance & visual artist Dana McCool, vocalist & violinist Andrea De Boer of Blue Venus, singer/songwriter Michael Marian, and LA/Las Vegas based life model & exotic dancer Ariel whose father was a Mr. Universe and mother a Cherokee Native American.
Nik’s two pieces are being created live to promote collaging as an art form, and to promote the nearly thirty pieces that are currently featured at the recently opened Catalyst Gallery, owned by Yorkville gallery owner and Toronto arts community veteran Brian Liss, who represents artwork by Ringo Starr, Bernie Taupin and Ron Wood. On the following Saturday, October 19th, Gallery Catalyst hosts a special open house between 7-10pm featuring a number of their artists, and Nik will unveil his latest collage masterwork Welcome to Hellywood as well as 3 other large format works: Sex on Sunday, The Love Machine and Elvis’ Favourite Recipe-Cool Radio. (see samples of Nik’s previous work below)
Nik Beat invites all fans of fine art and performance art to visit the gallery and be a part of the inspiration and creativity.