Rob Croxford: Special Award Winner
The 2013 Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Show was rainy but successful for those who participated, especially for this year’s Special Award winner, Rob Croxford.
This year marked Croxford’s 20th outdoor show in the last nine years. The Toronto-based artist laughed happily, recounting how he had yet to win the Special Award at an outdoor show,
When people win, they ring a bell, and I thought, ‘Oh, somebody just won something. Well, good for them. Yay! And then somebody a row down, I heard it again, and I thought, ‘Okay. Well, there we go, another outdoor show. And then they came to my booth and I thought, ‘Wow this is crazy!’
Despite how modest Croxford comes across, he's quite the renowned artist around the City of Toronto and has artwork showcased at a variety of galleries and is even included in the City of Toronto Art Collection.
For Sale By Owner, Mixed media
Croxford’s work is self-described as a sort of pop art that's vintage-inspired, retro-looking, and funny with a little edge to it.
It’s designed that way so that it doesn’t rub people the wrong way and it’s attractive to look at and it gives you a sense of nostalgia, but it’s got a bit of commentary in it, which is my thing,
The artist primarily uses acrylic on canvas that's so beautifully detailed he's able to make these pieces look like old posters, which are layered with a sort of trompe-l’oeil that gives them more figment and also creates a statement. Croxford explains that he likes to give his work a statement. He says,
It’s interesting to me. It’s something a little different, and it tends to bring out people’s opinions almost immediately. So that’s good too, because art should kind of have that about it, I think.
As Croxford becomes more established in the art world, he says he realizes more and more how big the Toronto art scene actually is. He says,
The more I realize that there’s probably a whole world out there that I should be trying to capitalize on, but I just love my city. So I keep painting things that are Toronto-related because I know our issues in the city and I know what things I love and so I keep painting those things.
Croxford’s pieces certainly resonate with the city — particularly his streetcar pieces. Not only do they connect with our city, but they can really incite discussion. And although sometimes there's “a little something under the surface,” at others times, that “little something” is “a little higher on the surface.”
To learn more about Rob Croxford and take a look at his pieces, visit his website.