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Mekayla Dionne

Artist member since 2020
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Toronto, Ontario

Mekayla Dionne is an emerging Métis abstract painter. She was born in 1997 and spent her childhood in a small rural town in Ontario. Her love of art started at a young age, drawing and painting on anything she could get her hands on, and eventually taking it more seriously throughout high-school, in which she had a very encouraging Art Teacher who was a painter herself. After high-school she moved to Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University and obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting. Throughout her years in University she developed an interest in abstract art, drawing inspiration from the world around her including nature, music, and the city. Post-graduation she immediately began working as an Art Teacher and Program Manager at a local non-profit called Art City which offers free art classes to children and youth in St. James Town, Toronto. Mekayla has continued to develop her professional practice and has participated in a variety of exhibitions, publications, and collaborations since graduating.

Mekayla’s art is always evolving and shifting from one thing to the next. Currently she is working in large scale abstract paintings primarily with acrylic and oil paint. She uses many layers to create landscape-esque forms and interesting compositions. Her art is intended to be accessible to people of all ages and levels of art knowledge. She creates visual adventures using colour combinations and shapes, as well as creating paths for your eye to travel around the work.


Work

Radiant
Mekayla Dionne
  • 16" x 16" x 1.5"
  • $250 buy — $50 try
Summer
Mekayla Dionne
  • 8" x 10" x 1.5"
  • $150 buy — $25 try
Afternoon on the Playground
Mekayla Dionne
  • 24" x 24" x 1.5"
  • $450 buy — $80 try
In The Beehive
Mekayla Dionne
  • 36" x 48" x 1.5"
  • $1200 buy — $100 try
B12
Mekayla Dionne
  • 6" x 6" x 1.5"
  • $80 buy — $25 try
Tumbling
Mekayla Dionne
  • 10" x 10" x 1.5"
  • $150 buy — $30 try
As It Turns Out
Mekayla Dionne
  • 48" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $1200 buy — $100 try
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Small Summits
Mekayla Dionne
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $200 buy — $40 try
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We're Bouncing!
Mekayla Dionne
  • 12" x 12" x 1.5"
  • $200 buy — $40 try
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Tastes Like Marbles
Mekayla Dionne
  • 24" x 24" x 1.5"
  • $450 buy — $80 try
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Melatonin
Mekayla Dionne
  • 8" x 6" x 1.5"
  • $90 buy — $25 try
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Candy Land
Mekayla Dionne
  • 48" x 36" x 1.5"
  • $600 buy — $80 try
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Waves
Mekayla Dionne
  • 48" x 27" x 1.5"
  • $400 buy — $80 try
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Jamboree in Fuchsia Glow
Mekayla Dionne
  • 48" x 48" x 1.5"
  • $600 buy — $100 try
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Q+A

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

Art is an experience that allows us to see other points of view and life experiences. Art allows us to be more understanding of the world around us.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

Adventurous, Patient, Joyful

Favourite medium

Acrylic is my all time favourite!

When did you start making art, and why?

I started making art when I was very very young, I always had a desire to make the images in my mind come to life. Over time, that has morphed from realism to abstraction.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

At work at a non-profit, that provides free art lessons to children, or cycling around the city of Toronto.

What do you listen to when you work?

Podcast about history, crime, or both!

Upcoming Exhibitions
2022-03-01

English Journal (NCTE) , Toronto, ON
English Journal Mar 2022 Edition

Select Past Exhibitions
2018

Indigenous Student Association at OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
Flux Refusal

2018

OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
C.H.U.D

2019

OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
GradEx 104

2020

The Wall Space Gallery, Scotland, UK
In 24-Hours Exhibition: Abstract Aeras

2020

Envision Arts
Abstraction III: A Contemporary Collective

2020

The Little Pink Gallery
The Little Pink Gallery of Big Ideas

2020

Emergent Art Space
Calling Across the Distance

2020

Sense of Press, Baltimore, MI
COVID Landscapes, Printed Book

2020

Anthony D'Alessandro, Toronto, ON
Perceptions / Digital Originals

2021

Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON
Mail Art: Unlimited Dada

2021

Toronto, ON
Digital Mural: Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE)

2021

The Little Red Bakeshop, Toronto, ON
Summer Cookie Box Thank You Card Artwork Feature

2021

CanFASD, Toronto, ON
Online Learning Module Artwork Feature

2021

Canadian Scholars, Toronto, ON
Fall 2021 Catalogue Cover

2021

NAK Design Strategies, Toronto, ON
Outdoor Parklette Installation

Accolades
2020

Camelback Gallery
Merit Award

2020

Art Room Gallery
Merit Award

Press
2019

OCAD University
GradEx 104

2020

Anthony D'Alessandro Music/ Facebook
Perceptions with Anthony D'Alessandro

2020

OCAD U CEAD/ Instagram
OCAD U Showcase

2021

Akimbo
The Digital Mural: Exhibition by Emerging Indigenous Artists

2021

OCAD University
New Year Welcomes Eight New Artists to OCAD University's Artist Showcase on Partial

2021

FASHION Magazine
Voilá — Master Pieces: Fashion imitates art with four Canadian artist's work reflected in the season's must-have trends

Education
2019

OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
Drawing & Painting

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