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Contributing Artists

The following is a list of artists who contributed to the Emancipation Art Exhibition: (in alphabetical order)

Artists contributing in the current year have an asterisk behind their name.

Nicole Alexander (2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022)

Nicole Alexander is a self-taught visual artist currently residing in Ontario, Canada. Nicole’s paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolour reflect a unique Afro-Caribbean vibe. Having spent her childhood and youth in the two island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicole’s inspiration for her paintings stems from her love of Caribbean dance, poetry, calypso music and most importantly from the beauty of her culture and heritage. Like one of her favourite mentor artists, Elizabeth Catlett, who endured and fought through racial barriers to make a name for herself, Nicole stands by Catlett’s message of creating art for all people to enjoy.


Nicole Alexander

Kristen Dominique Allicock (2022)

As a first-generation Canadian and a woman of the Black diaspora, I seek to tell the truths and share the histories of my people and my heritage.

While my work is exploratory and experimental in nature, my work primarily explores the beauty in being Black. I aim to present faceless, Black figures so that the audience members can see themselves in my work. experience.

My driving force as an artist is to emphasize and highlight the excellence of Black people and to highlight joys, triumphs and most importantly our histories and our stories.

I am an interdisciplinary artist and entrepreneur working within a variety of mediums from acrylic to digital drawing to video art. I am a member of Beaux Arts Collective in Brampton and I have exhibited in several group shows across the GTA at Beaux Arts, Daniels Spectrum and MakeRoom.


Rohan Brown (2022)

Rohan, Jamaica Canadian self taught artist that specialized in Portraits, Landscape and abstract paintings. Art is the mind paint brush, it colors any situation.

Joan Butterfield (2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022)

A practicing artist for over 30 years. Produced and sold over 8,000 works of art, that can now be found in both Private and Corporate Collections, Museums, Universities, Hospitals, Libraries and City Halls through out the world. Produced, curated and exhibited in over 300 solo and group exhibits, in the USA and Canada

Art Director of the Association of African-Canadian Artists, the largest Canadian, Art Organization dedicated to the support, development and sharing of original works of art, produced by artists of African-Canadian heritage.


Claire Carew (2021)

Claire Carew was born in the country of Guyana, South America, of African and European ancestry. She has a Masters of Fine Arts from Instituto Allende/University of Guanajuato, Mexico, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, a Diploma in Education in Visual Art Specialties from McGill University, as well as various diplomas, awards and certificates from a variety of educational institutions in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Claire’s experiences with the rituals of shaman healers have helped her discover the lives of her historic ancestors and thereby enliven her art. The colours and subjects of Claire’s paintings and sculptures continue to evolve and be enriched by her exploration of indigenous cultures which inform the mystery of her creative process. As a result, her work is ethereal, guided by dream interpretations and the wisdom of “the ancient ones.”  Claire feels that her strongest body of work was completed in Mexico.


Amber Carroll (2018, 2021 & 2022)

Amber Carroll is a self-taught artist, focused in Hamilton, ON. She is currently an undergraduate student at Western University and remains an active member of the Western community by contributing artworks to the university’s Public Arts Commission, the Western Gazette, as well as numerous publications.

Her works explore the nuanced and often unexpressed emotional experiences of marginalized groups. These artworks invite viewers to reflect upon the extent to which they allow themselves to be vulnerable and honour the validities of their struggles in a world of systemic suppression.

Neville Clarke (2021 & 2022)

Neville Clarke, born in Kingston Jamaica, immigrated to Canada in 1974 and lived in Orillia, Ontario.

In 1979 he studied Art Fundamentals at Sheridan College, then Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Arts from 1980-84, to include the Florence, Italy program.

Neville received membership to the Ontario Society of Artist and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. He served on the board of directors for the CSPWC, then as president from (2001-2003). In 2001, he presented a collection of watercolour paintings to HRH, the Prince of Wales on behalf of the (CSPWC) 75th Anniversary at Canada House in London England.

Neville is currently teaching in the Fine Arts Studio Program at Centennial College and has participated in numerous solo, group and internationally exhibitions in Japan, Mexico, Seoul Korea, Italy and the USA. His artwork includes public institutions such as the ROM, PAMA, Varley Art Gallery, Helson Gallery, City of Toronto, Guelph Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum, Arts & Letters Club and HRH The Prince of Wales.

He is listed in Who’s Who in Black Canada and a Dictionary of Canadian Artists amongst other written articles and publications. He received the A.J. Casson Medal and Honour Award, CSPWC (1995 & 1999), the Charles Comfort Medal, CSPWC, (2000 & 2007) the Roman Corporation Award, (2000), the David B. Milne Award and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for “Threshold” along with other Ontario Arts Council Grants.

He received the African Canadian Achievement Award from OCADU Black Students Alliance, 2004 and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Curatorial Writing Award for first Publication, Tribute: The Art of African Canadian in 2006.

Anna-Maria Dickinson (2016-2019)

Anna-Maria Dickinson

Flesherton, Ontario artist Anna-Maria Dickinson, who was born a creative soul on the lovely Island of St. Vincent, describes herself as a "Child of the Tropics". Many of Anna-Maria’s pieces have been showcased in galleries, museums and cultural venues in and around Toronto, Canada and in the United States. She has participated in 3 juried exhibitions at the Royal Ontario Museum and was invited to paint 2 pianos for the “Play Me I Am Yours” project at the 2012 launching of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Her pieces can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Caribbean.


Anna-Maria Dickinson: Strumming

Macaulay T. Eteli (2018)

Macaulay Eteli is a self-taught artist whose love for art was shaped by childhood games in his native country Nigeria. He started drawing on dirt, wooden slates, craft paperbags and any surface that was at his disposal. While growing up in Nembe, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Macaulay also explored the use of clay dug up from the shoreline of the river in front of his residence. With the clay he fashioned ornaments and miniature sculptures.

Captivating yet never overpowering, this is the aura that Eteli's latest body of work conveys. His relaxed style beckons viewers to -- come closer and listen to a story. As you look his creation comes alive. His subtle style allows him to flow from traditional images to sceneries to abstracts. This ability shows depth and maturity in Eteli's exhibitions.


Getachew Fantu (2021)

Fantu is an Ethiopian-born African, European and Canadian-trained artist. A scholarship from the Italian government allowed him to attend universities in Italy. Fantu also studied at Medicine Hat College in Canada on a Nova corporation scholarship and is the recipient of a Certificate of Merit from the Alberta government for scholastic achievement and of the Our Image award in the established artists category. Over the course of his career, Fantu has exhibited in over 30 individual exhibitions and 20 group exhibitions. His work has been shown in the USA, Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. In addition, his work adorns the personal spaces of boxing champion Lennox Lewis, former Argo quarterback Rocket Ishmael, artist Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) and many more.

Kim Foster Yardley (2024)

“Kim Foster Yardley, a first generation South African Canadian, is a visual artist working in her downtown Toronto studio.

I am based in Toronto, having moved from Cape Town, South Africa five years ago. As a painter working primarily in oil and acrylic, I make both figurative and abstract work.

Currently my focus is on figurative portraiture work dealing with identity, equity and mental health advocacy.

As an individual who was born into apartheid, my identity was defined by a political and social system. Drawing on this and my personal experiences as an immigrant, my mixed media practice, explores themes of identity, grief, racial trauma and ambiguity.

My intention with my work is to make sense of this lived experience; to express emotion unravelling; and disrupt misconceptions by expressing states of vulnerability and melancholy.”

Instagram: @kimfosteryardleystudio

Georgia Fullerton (2018, 2019 & 2022)

Georgia Fullerton is a professional visual artist, expressive arts therapist, and public speaker. She’s the founder of the Fullerton Fine Art Collection showcasing her original paintings and promotional products. Georgia is the creator of JustGeorgia®– Expressive Arts to Heal the Heart -- a business offering therapeutic arts-based workshops. A popular guest on local TV networks, Georgia is frequently asked to speak about her work, and her artistic process. Her dynamic abstract art explores the relationship between the real and imagined, and reveals her emotions, memories of her girlhood and Jamaican roots. Her paintings and prints are in private and public collections around the world.


Georgia Fullerton

Ian Grant (2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022)

Ian Grant

Ian Grant has a collection of naturalistic photographs taken in some of the world’s most spectacular locales. Grenadian-Born, he has lived in Toronto for many years and from this vantage point he had the privilege of travelling to, and capturing images in Brazil, Italy, Aruba, Yugoslavia, Azores, Grenada, Honolulu, just to name a few.

As a self taught photographer, he enjoys liberating these unbelievably picturesque scenes, the colours, the moments, and the angles that are only in the cool heat of his imagination.

Much of Grant’s audience so far, have found that his warm, relaxed outdoor scenes and his distant lazy horizons, reminds them of the paradise in their secretly sculpted dreams.

Ian Grant

Some of his works were entered into International photo competitions, of which one, “Beach Blaster” won 2nd. Prize in the International Caribbean Beat Photo Competition 2000. He has also showcased his works at many Galleries, Special Exhibits, Art Auctions and the Grenada Consulate in Toronto. This collection of photographs represents a small portion of beautiful images that he has composed over the years.

Mei Lein Harrison (2022)

I am an interdisciplinary artist who uses work centred around performance and interaction to explore the intersection of social issues I have encountered as a black, mixed race, gender non-conforming person. Valuing mindfulness and connection through art, I utilise my body and image in creating work that questions otherness and explores our connections to one another on a global and domestic scale.

Wayne Headley (2018)

Trinidadian born Wayne Headley is a self-taught artist who has been honing his craft for over three decades. Wayne's growth and development continues as he experiments with a wide range of materials and styles.

Wayne draws his inspiration from many sources particularly from the vibrant mix of peoples and cultures that surround him. He is also inspired by his deep love and respect for the ultimate works of our awe inspiring Creator.

Wayne's awards have been used by many prestigious organizations. Following in the footsteps of his Jamaican grandfather, The Honorable Alvin T. Marriott, Wayne is driven to highest level of creativity and artistic expression.


Jennylynd James (2019)

Jennylynd James

Jennylynd James is an artist, writer, vocalist, and food scientist all in one package... a true Renaissance woman. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. Jennylynd graduated with a Ph.D. in food science at McGill University, Canada and continued working in this field for over 15 years in the Florida, California, and in the Republic of Ireland. In Ireland, Jennylynd developed her own range of sauces and seasonings, and ran this business with ‘artistic flair’ for many years.She started painting while living in Ireland and continues to experiment with vivid colours in acrylic and oils. Jennylynd now lives in Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario.


Jennylynd James: Field Flowers

Ken John (2021)

Ken John was born in Pakistan in 1967 and has been a resident of Hamilton, Ontario for over 50 years.

As a young man, he attended Cathedral High School in Hamilton and then went on to McMaster University where he obtained his Honours Art degree. Ken has been an Educator for the last 30 years and has enjoyed teaching art and working with young people.

Ken draws his inspiration from nature, patterns and colour. His recent collection focused on the simple beauty found in nature. His pieces are said to have a tropical, vibrant feel that also have a Native and East Indian flare.

Sheryl A. Keen (2018, 2019, 2021 & 2022)

Sheryl Keen

Sheryl Keen has been a creative since she could first hold pencil and paper. She is interested in bringing contemplative and interpretive works to the viewers’ experience.

Her work is mainly done in acrylics mixed media. These works have been shown in both solo and group exhibitions. Some of the places that she has shown her work include CIBC Black History Month Events, several of Toronto Public Libraries, private showings, Areej Gallery, and the Feminist Arts Conference at OCAD. Her last solo exhibition in 2018 took place at Station Gallery.

Sheryl Keen's themes include exploring the internal struggles that take place within a person that leads to outward change. She also looks at faces and masks and how we wear each as a survival mechanism.


Sheryl Keen: Almost Persuaded

Jamila Liburd (2022)

Based in Toronto, Canada, Henrietta Olave is my alter ego.

Inspired by the strength, resilience, beauty and faith of my mother and grandmother, I use mixed mediums to create opulent images of Afrocentric womanhood. My aim is for little black girls to look at my paintings and see that their black is beautiful. In 2021, after waking from a dream of my own gallery exhibit, I picked up a paintbrush for the first time and fell deeply in love. The rest of the story is in process.

Instagram: @henriettaolave

Katrina Lindo (2019)

Katrina Lindo has a passion for art, ever since she was six years old. Her art has made an impact on her life by expressing her emotions and by storytelling through her artworks. Katrina’s motivations to create, comes from society conflicts that involves religion, self, and topics that are controversial. Such as attitudes to mental health, LGBT+ community, political and more taboo subjects. With her art, she portrays awareness to connect in a way with the audience by storytelling. Education has helped her by, exploring different materials and ways to portray her art in a striking way.

Website: Katrina Lindo's Instagram Site

Katrina Lindo

Katrina Lindo is a graduate with Honors in the Fine Arts program at Durham College. Her artworks are sculptures that are made with mixed media materials from wood, fabric, and metal. She also creates narrative storytelling, drawing illustrations and paints with acrylic. Her artwork has been entered in “The Perfect Moment” Exhibit, at the Whitby Station Art Gallery. She won the Merit award at the reception of college juried art show in 2019 at the Whitby Station Art Gallery for her whole thesis called “Facing Conflicts.”

Charmaine Lurch (2021 & 2022)

Charmaine Lurch is a conceptual artist whose work draws attention to human-environmental relationalities. Lurch’s paintings and sculptures are conversations on infrastructures and the spaces and places we inhabit. Working with a range of materials and reimagining our surroundings—from bees and taxi cabs to The Tempest and quiet moments of joy, Lurch subtly connects Black life and movement globally.

Her work has been exhibited at The Royal Ontario Museum; The Art Gallery of Ontario; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; The Liu Institute in Vancouver; Nuit Blanche Toronto; The National Gallery of Jamaica; Riverbrink museum, Queenston Ontario; Massillon Museum in the USA; and Platform 3 in Tehran, Iran.


Most recently, her Diptych, Blueprint for A mobile and Visible Carriage, collected by Global Affairs Canada, will join the artworks exhibited in the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2021, in Dubai. Her work has been presented by scholars such as Katherine McKittrick at the Holberg Symposium honoring Paul Gilroy in Bergen, Norway; in Artforum Magazine, and on the CBC. Her work takes up a chapter of Tiffany J. King’s book, The Black Shoals and mentioned in Katherine McKittrick’s Dear Science and Other Stories.

Lisa Meecham (2019)

Lisa Meecham

Lisa Meecham is a practicing artist with the Art Gallery of Burlington where she shares her passion for the art of Traditional Wool Rug Hooking through guild participation and community outreach. Rug hooking is a relaxing, yet productive activity that promotes tactile mobility and mindfulness, balanced with positive and engaging social interaction. Lisa draws from Canadian historical and cultural narratives to connect those new and seasoned to the craft. Her other mediums include woodworking and up-cycling reclaimed materials.

Lisa Meecham

Lisa & Rachel Meecham (2018)

Lisa Meecham is a practicing artist with the Art Gallery of Burlington where she shares her passion for the art of Traditional Wool Rug Hooking through guild participation and community outreach. Rug hooking is a relaxing, yet productive activity that promotes tactile mobility and mindfulness, balanced with positive and engaging social interaction. Lisa draws from Canadian historical and cultural narratives to connect those new and seasoned to the craft. Her other mediums include woodworking and up-cycling reclaimed materials.

Rachel Meecham is a designer, artist, and undergraduate Commerce student at Dalhousie University. Her practicing mediums include ceramics, iPad sketching, and contemporary sticker design. An advocate for legal rights, she appreciates clean aesthetics that make clear statements.

Tony Miller (2017)

My art has become a way through which I visually analyze the state of the world past and present and how it affects the human race. My environment and culture intrigue and inspire my work.

I was born and raised in Owen Sound Ontario in the fifties just at the beginning of the American civil rights movement and before the phrase “black pride” was first spoken. My experiences growing up suffering from racism and poverty led me to become fascinated with my African roots. It drove me to try and understand why and how this separate yet together society existed.


My paintings are composed with recognizable and abstracted imagery. My sculptures are created using cement, wood and found objects. I shape them using a combination of molds and carving tools. My printmaking techniques are traditional Serigraphy, Lithography, Woodcuts and Intaglio. My work has appeared in over forty group and solo exhibitions.

Anique Myles (2024)

Anique has been an artist since she could write. Her art has been through a few stages. From self portraits to environmentalism, to focusing on culture.

She has been drawing longer than she has been painting and would spend endless hours as a young teenager drawing her friends sleeping as well as recreating cartoons.

Although Anique loved the arts, she spent several years working outside of the arts, and finally dug into the artist/illustrator role fully.


Jessey (Phade) Pacho (2021)

Jessey (Phade) Pacho is a renowned graffiti artist, recognized by the Canadian government for his artistic endeavours. He has dedicated his life to community, arts education and mural making. Overcoming Homelessness through his craft, Jessey has positioned himself as a leader in his industry and carved a niche market for his artistic abilities, using the experiences in his life to positively contribute to society. For ten years Jessey managed multiple teams of professional artists, using the various hip hop art forms to deliver programming in schools K-12 and learning environments, Indigenous, New Comer and Marginalized communities across Canada. Jessey has done many murals for schools nation wide, local businesses, private commissions, corporate & commercial clients. Jessey has been published both nationally and internationally. Mr. Pacho’s work builds community and breathes new life into spaces that could use a boost of both colour and commerce. While seeking bigger opportunities and the pursuit of greater heights in his craft, Jessey remains a student to time and a humble servant of the arts.

Rachel Natalie Rawlins (2018)

Rachel Natalie Rawlins is an artist, Montreal-born to Trinidadian parents. She studied Technical Illustration at Seneca College, which included the basics of animation, graphic design, web design and photography. Although she does some digital work, her first love is the pencil and paintbrush, and so she spends time practicing her craft, and developing and evolving her style. Her love of drawing and painting people comes from her passion to capture personalities, attitudes and emotions. Her art is also heavily influenced by music. Rachel is into a variety of musical genres, including soul, hip hop, jazz, soca and reggae and enjoys playing the piano. “Songs have colours and patterns, that influences the colours and tones I use in my work.”

Rachel Natalie Rawlins

While her subject focus tends to be people, Rachel also enjoys painting animals and scenery. “The beauty of creation is hard to resist as a subject.” Rachel’s work has been seen at the Royal Ontario Museum and at Cheri in Harlem, New York. Additionally, she conducts painting workshops and live-paint at various events.

SketchOne (2022)

Clayton "Sketch One" Ffolkes is a Graphic Designer, Cartoonist, Painter and Tattoo Artist.

He has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil on various different surfaces. His style is said to be Raw and Authentic, which sets him apart from most.

Sketch also loves to support the arts in whatever way he can... Art is life and he lives Art!

Instagram: @sketchoneartworks

Ghislan Timm (2021)

Ghislan Timm (Jess-lin/Jiz-lan) (she/they) is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist based in Toronto. They are currently studying Integrated Media at OCAD U and have shown works both locally and internationally. They are influenced by their Afro-Caribbean heritage, Afro-futurism, sound, and cinema. Frequently they appropriate archival film and imagery to create collages and shape non-linear narratives that often reflect on their multicultural queer identity and mythologies and romanticization of home and home-coming.


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