Art Battle Canada has held more than 650 events with 6,000+ artist-competitors across Canada since 2009.

With thousands of artists represented in competitions across dozens of Canadian cities, the Art Battle community is deeply connected to Art in Canada. Artists are welcome to apply nationwide, and we are always interested in getting in touch with people or organizations interested in becoming local Art Battle® event producers.

Meet the amazing Artists who will compete in Toronto on July 26th for the 2018 Art Battle Canada National Championship!

Get your TICKETS HERE for an incredible night of creative community, and help us choose which of these talented and courageous Artists will take home the cash prize, hoist the trophy and earn the title of Art Battle National Champion!

This is the incredible Finale to the 2017/2018 Art Battle Canada season, featuring the best artists from coast to coast, truly the best night of the year for Live Art in Canada!

Please send questions or media inquiries to [email protected]

Vasile Ivanov- Nova Scotia Champion

Vasile Ivanov takes great joy in the process of painting and seeks to bring that sense of awe and delight to viewers. Vasile possesses a unique ability to translate the resonance of the meeting of form and feeling into charismatic brushwork driven by the intuition of creation. Vasile has been painting with Art Battle since 2015 and was a Provincial finalist last season, and this year claimed the title of Nova Scotia Champion

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Michelle MacCallum – Prince Edward Island Champion

Michelle MacCallum creates in a variance of styles from realism to abstract and everything in between, using the canvas as an outward expression of emotion, place, and personhood. Michelle has been painting with Art Battle since the first season in PEI, always performing fiercely at the easel and this time emerging as the Champion Artist to represent her province.

Karel Prickett  – New Brunswick Champion

After relocating to New Brunswick from Uruguay to pursue his education, Karel Prickett began painting the memories and experiences he had gathered from living in various parts of the world. His works transport the viewer to known and unknown places providing a sense of familiarity and reference. Karel has been painting with Art Battle for 4 years, having been a provincial finalist in past seasons and now representing New Brunswick as their Champion Artist.

Maïté Côté – Montréal Champion

Montreal artist Maïté Côté creates dreamlike portraits of women that contemplate the mystical elements of femininity. Her works use the strong eye contact of her subjects to establish a connection with the viewer into the emotional realm of the piece. Embracing the excitement of rapid creation in her first season with Art Battle, Maïté painted amongst the cities best live artists to claim her place in the National Championship.

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Gabriel Bouffard –  Ottawa Champion

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 Gabriel Bouffard is an artist who believes strongly in the transformative and communicative ability of art, with each of his pieces reflecting that conviction. Using colour, brushwork and subject to convey his state of mind and relate to the outside world. A newcomer to the Art Battle arena, Gabriel won his first event in November, advancing and beating out Ottawa’s top artists for the title and right to represent his city in the National Championship.

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Melani Pyke – St Catharines Regional Champion

Melani Pyke describes her work as lyrical realism, seeking to inspire joy, hope, and the appreciation of life. A prolific live artist based in Niagara, Melani can often be found painting to capture the wonder and sense of community around her at different events in her area. Winning in both St Catharines and Fort Erie this season, Melani represented both at the Regional Finals, ultimately advancing as a Champion artist to the Canadian Nationals.

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Valdengrave Okumu – Toronto Champion

Valdengrave Okumu is a self-taught artist whose art explores human nature, mystery, spirituality and ancient knowledge. Drawing from both imagination and reality, his works seek to engage the viewer in the contemplation of human existence. Beginning his Art Battle career as a winning artist in Edmonton, Valdengrave relocated to Toronto in 2016, continuing his live painting journey to the top of the pack at the Toronto Finals and earning the right to represent the city.

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Courtney Bruzzese –  Hamilton Champion

Employing various techniques of drawing, painting, and sculpture, Courtney Bruzzese uses elements of the human figure and nature as a means towards exploring and analyzing the human mind. Known for her bold and texturally focused live paintings in Art Battle, Courtney has been a regional finalist in 2016, 2017, and now 2018 winning the Hamilton Finals and right to represent her city in the National Championship.

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Dave McCreary – Southwestern Ontario Champion

Embracing the odd, exaggerated and endearing, illustrator Dave McCreary’s work focuses on social commentary and satire. Drawing inspiration from his hometown of Brantford, Dave is known for his unique ability to capture the quirk and spark of the city and its people, having recently published the “Big Book of Brantford” featuring 5 years of his illustrations for the Brant News. Brantford hosted the Southwestern Regional Finals, where Dave outpainted artists from Kitchener, London, and Norfolk County to represent the region and his city in the National Championship.

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Monique Legault – Sudbury Champion

Specializing in photorealism and custom works, owner Monique Legault of Monique Legault Studio and Petal Pushers Decor has a unique ability to transform any idea into reality. In her personal practice and live painting, Monique embraces the emotive freedom of abstract expressionism to engage with the energy of the audience. This strategy won her the first event of the season in Sudbury, and again in the City Finals, bringing her now to the National Championship.

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Bhavesh Gajjar – Alberta Champion

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Blending his figurative work with abstract impressionism, Bhavesh Gajjar’s portraits recede and emerge through a lense of explosive colour describing mood and personality. After a spectacular first season of Art Battle, Bhavesh advanced to the Alberta Provincial finals as an All-Star Artist and won, captivating audiences with his energetic portraits.

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Zach Abney – BC Interior Champion

Focusing on the play of light to express mood and movement, Zach Abney’s works capture the intimacy of the darker contemplative moments of the everyday. Feeding off of the atmosphere of the crowd and embracing the spontaneous nature of live painting, Zach has had an explosive Art Battle career that landed him in the Kamloops Finals in 2017. This season he took on the best painters from the BC Interior area, awing the audience and winning with an impressive double portrait.

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Dimitri Sirenko – Vancouver Champion

Dimitri Sirenko’s work lives in the space between the push and pull of embracing and challenging classical standards of universal beauty. As a traditional and concept artist as well as art director, Dimitri approaches the creative process with versatility of style and subject. Winning his first ever Art Battle in January, Dimitri successfully took on established live painting veterans in the Vancouver Final, earning the right to represent the city in the 2018 Canadian National Championship.

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Sheena McCorquodale – Vancouver Island Regional Champion

Qualicum Beach based artist Sheena McCorquodale creates works wherein tone, mood and expression take priority in celebrating the beauty of movement in the human form. Holding weekly life drawing sessions in her studio, Sheena’s live art style embraces the immediacy of capturing a moment, infusing as much information as possible into each brushstroke. Sheena represented Comox Valley in the Vancouver Island Regional taking on artists from Victoria, Campbell River, and Nanaimo to represent the region.

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Moses Salihou – 2017 National Champion

2017 Art Battle Canada National Champion Moses Salihou is a prolific artist, whose works are visceral and vibrant, capturing the immediacy of movement and spirit. Inspired by his Cameroonian roots and the urbanity of his surroundings in Toronto, Moses’s work provides a sense of a new reality to be inhabited by the viewer. Representing Toronto, Moses rose to the top competing against the best live artists of the 2017 Art Battle Season. This year he is back to defend his title as National Champion.

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instagram.com/moses_salihou

 

Check out all upcoming Canadian Events:

 

AB814 - Ottawa - May 22, 2019

Join us for a sizzling experience of creation and community at Arts Court! Watch the paint fly before your eyes and the creative process unfold during 3 fast-paced rounds and help vote to determine the Winner! All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. Be a part of the fun as a spectator, or participate as one of ... Read More

AB823 - Calgary - May 22, 2019

Art Battle® can’t wait to come to Calgary! Grab your best pals and join us for a wonderful evening of creativity and community, a live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting Calgary to towns and cities around the world! Come watch as artists transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of art in just 20 minutes, and then help vote ... Read More

AB816 - Bracebridge - May 25, 2019

Please join us for a wonderful evening of live competitive painting hosted by Let The Cat Go at the Annex! Watch the paint fly before your eyes and the creative process unfold during 3 fast-paced rounds and help vote to determine the Champion! All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. Be a part of the fun as ... Read More

AB813 - Vancouver - May 25, 2019

Grab your best pals and join us for an amazing evening of live competitive painting as artists have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, battling not only the clock but each other as well. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Champion! All artwork created will also be available via ... Read More

AB818 - Art Battle Toronto @ SING! - May 29, 2019

Art Battle Toronto @ SING! Thrill to the action of live, competitive painting while listening to live music featuring three a cappella groups. Twelve visual artists create new work right before your eyes while Onoscatopoeia, Wibi A Cappella, and the Yonge Guns keep them inspired with great singing. ART BATTLE’s first two rounds pit six artists against one another in ... Read More

AB824 - London - May 29, 2019

Grab your best pals and join us for a wonderful evening of creativity and community, a live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting London to towns and cities around the world! Come watch as artists transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of art in just 20 minutes, and then help vote to determine the winner of the event! Be ... Read More

AB826 - Hamilton - May 29, 2019

Join us for a sizzling experience of creation and community at the Art Gallery Of Hamilton! Watch the paint fly before your eyes and the creative process unfold during 3 fast-paced rounds and help vote to determine the Winner! All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. Be a part of the fun as a spectator, or participate ... Read More

AB820 - Abbotsford - May 31, 2019

Grab your best pals and join us for an amazing evening of live competitive painting at Abbotsford Arts Centre! Watch the paint fly before your eyes and the creative process unfold during 3 fast-paced rounds and help vote to determine the Winner! All artwork created will also be available via silent auction. Be a part of the fun as a ... Read More

AB817 - Montréal - 31 Mai, 2019

12 artistes à l’oeuvre sous le regard du public qui vote pour le gagnant de chaque rounds et pour le gagnant de la soirée! Les artistes intéressés à participer peuvent appliquer en suivant ce lien: https://artbattle.com/register/ 18 ans et +++ Art Battle Montréal Vendredi, le 31 Mai @ 19h30 @ La Shop 4177 rue Saint-Denis (2e étage) 15$ / 10$ En ... Read More

AB821 - Art Battle Northern Vancouver Island Regional Finals! - June 1, 2019

The Northern Vancouver Island Regional Finals are here! Join us and be a part of the fun as winning Artists from events this season in Nanaimo, Campbell River, Comox Valley, and Duncan paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! The audience votes to choose the winner who will represent the Region ... Read More

AB825 - Windsor - June 5, 2019

Art Battle® can’t wait to come to Windsor! Grab your best pals and join us for a wonderful evening of creativity and community, a live painting tournament showcasing local artists and connecting Windsor to towns and cities around the world! Come watch as artists transform blank canvases into beautiful pieces of art in just 20 minutes, and then help vote ... Read More

AB819 - Mississauga - June 5, 2019

Please join us for a wonderful night of live competitive painting in the RBC Theatre at the Living Arts Centre. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Winner! TICKETS – General Admission $22.50 / Student $12.50 https://www.livingartscentre.ca/art-battle This event is presented in partnership between The Living Arts Centre and Art Battle Canada. FREE PARKING! ... Read More

AB828 - Art Battle Nova Scotia Provincial Finals! - June 7, 2019

The Nova Scotia Provincial Finals are coming to the Atlantica Hotel Halifax on Friday, June 7th! Join us and be a part of the fun as winning Artists from events this season in Halifax and Greenwood paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! The audience votes to choose the winner who ... Read More

AB829 - PEI Provincial Finals! - June 8, 2019

The PEI Provincial Finals are here!! Join us and be a part of the fun as winning Artists from events this season paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! The audience votes to choose the winner who will represent the Province against painters from all across Canada. Truly an amazing night ... Read More

AB822 - Edmonton - June 8, 2019

Grab your best pals and join us for an amazing evening of live competitive painting as artists have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, battling not only the clock but each other as well. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Champion! All artwork created will also be available via ... Read More

AB827 - Kelowna - June 9, 2019

Join us for a sizzling experience of creation and community at OK Corral! It’s a wild night; great music, paint flies and masterpieces are created before your eyes! Painters put their skills to the test with only 20 minutes to turn blank canvases into incredible pieces of original art that will be available via silent auction. Watch the creative process ... Read More

AB831 - Victoria City Finals! - June 14, 2019

The Victoria City Finals are here!! Join us and be a part of the fun as winning Artists from events this season paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! The audience votes to choose the winner who will represent the City against painters from all across Canada. Truly an amazing night ... Read More

AB832 - Fort Erie - June 15, 2019

Grab your best pals and join us for an amazing evening of live competitive painting as artists have 20 minutes to take their canvases from blank to beautiful, battling not only the clock but each other as well. Watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the Winner! All artwork created will also be available via ... Read More

AB835 - Art Battle New Brunswick Provincial Finals! - June 15, 2019

THE NEW BRUNSWICK FINALS ARE HERE! Join us for the most anticipated event of the season as painters representing Fredericton and Saint John paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! This is a wonderful evening of creativity and community, with audience vote determining the Champion who will represent New Brunswick against ... Read More

AB837 - Hamilton City Finals! - June 19, 2019

The Hamilton City Finals are coming to the Art Gallery Of Hamilton on June 19th! Join us and be a part of the fun as winning Artists from events this season paint again with hopes of earning a spot at The National Championship this July in Toronto! The audience votes to choose the winner who will represent the City against ... Read More