David Nardi

David creates his work with a 4×5 film camera.  The result is extremely detailed and vibrant images of our beautiful surroundings, while learning about the significance and fragility of nature.

“I have dabbled in many media from painting and sculpting to drawing and woodworking.  My interest in photography developed during my first two years of college while studying Classical Animation at Sheridan College.  The following year I decided to pursue photography in selected workshops at Ontario College of Art and Design.  Combining this education with a lot of self study and devotion to the craft I have committed myself to becoming a lifetime nature photographer.  My focus is to capture, learn and teach about the visual complexity and beauty of our planet.”




Title: Medicine Lake

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Mary Perdue

“ I am dedicated to producing the highest quality and most esthetically pleasing fine art photographs and digital paintings. I specialize in documentary and studio photographs of people, pets (as photographs or digital paintings), and images of nature / landscapes”.


“ I developed images from film in the darkroom; now I work exclusively with digital cameras and “develop” images in the computer. My expertise has come from multiple courses and workshops taken over the years at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto School of Art, Niagara School of Imaging, etc.”



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Title: Jeans in the Window


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The Living Canvas

Tattoo culture has seen a surge in popularity over the past few decades, and old stigmas once associated with the practice are fading away. As this art form becomes increasingly accepted by mainstream culture, it continues to evolve in interesting ways. In the past, tattoos were perceived almost exclusively as indicators of affiliation with the shady world of bikers, delinquents and rebels. Today, they fulfil a far wider variety of functions. Tattoos are worn like statement pieces or jewelry by some individuals, while for others, having a tattoo is comparable to owning an exquisite painting. Meaningful phrases and imagery are popular tattoo subjects, as they can permanently capture ideas, memories, or beliefs.  As is the case with fine art, some people will appreciate tattoos from afar, but do not want to commit to ownership.

At Norman Felix, we specialize in contemporary fine art, but we also love to branch out and explore trends outside of that. This post is meant to pay homage to some styles, artists, and aesthetics in the world of tattooing that we particularly enjoy. It is impossible to cover such a broad and complex subculture in a single post, so this is just a roundup of our personal favourites. We hope you enjoy this selection of drawings on the ‘living canvas’!

1.       Old school/traditional

Sailor Jerry flash sheet depicting a variety of pin-ups.

The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of tattoos in Western culture is the traditional, “old school” style, the king of which is Sailor Jerry.  This look emerged in the late 1920s and is still referenced and replicated frequently to this day. It often features patriotic as well as nautical imagery (ships, anchors, sparrows, and of course pin-ups to name a few). Images are boldly outlined, and highly stylized.  Depictions of women are cartoonish, favouring ample curves, large bosoms, and very basic facial features.

A neo-traditional tattoo done by Pete Belej (Toronto, ON) – the key stylistic elements of heavy outline and relatively simple graphic representation are evident, but the subject matter is contemporary. This artist has made a genre his own: note the extra embellishments around the image as well as a trace amount of abstraction.

2.       Realism/portraiture

Realistic tattoos are extremely challenging and risky, and they can (if executed by the wrong hand) lead to disaster. There is no room for error in the process of tattooing something true-to-life, especially a portrait. Imagine the stress of trying to replicate the precise likeness of an individual on a surface that is moving, swelling, bleeding and breathing!

A breathtakingly photorealistic tattoo by Zhivko Baychev.

3.       Biomechanical

A biomechanical tattoo by Guy Aitchison.

If you love science fiction, you will probably appreciate this style. Biomechanical tattoos became popular several decades back, around the release of the first Alien movie in 1979. H.R Giger, who designed many of the creatures from the Alien movies, can be credited as a major source of inspiration. This aesthetic involves intertwining parts of human/organic forms with technological imagery. For example, replacing veins with tubes or wires, or throwing in some cogs and fuses to create an android-like image. Often these tattoos appear three-dimensional and futuristic. They can be dark, gritty, black and white pieces, or can feature explosive shapes and electric colours.

Biomechanical tattoo by Adrian Dominic.

4.       Japanese

Traditional Japanese tattoos are done painstakingly by hand, as opposed to by machines, and typically cover large areas of the body. In some cases, the entire body can be covered with a single design. Many of these designs are extremely intricate and are based upon traditional metaphors, stories, or fables. While the range of imagery is nearly infinite, some of the more popular designs include lotuses, waves, koi, and dragons. Each symbol (or combination of symbols) carries meaning. For example, a koi fish transforming into a dragon symbolizes overcoming adversity or personal struggle. Much care must therefore be taken in selecting the design for this type of tattoo, so as to avoid accidentally communicating the wrong message.

A traditional bodysuit by an artist known as Shige. Who needs clothes when your body is covered in this beautiful, intricate decoration?

5.       Pointillism

Tattoo artist Anil Gupta created this incredible reproduction of “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, a Nineteenth-century artist famous for his pointillist renderings.

Pointillism is a challenging feat for any tattoo artist and subject to undertake. Tattooing on skin takes much longer than drawing on paper, and anybody who has worked in pointillism (which involves the creation of an image using tiny individual dots) knows that this style is insanely time consuming. This form of tattoo is demanding and labour intensive, and precision is critical.

The image above could easily be mistaken for an optical illusion, but it is real! This incredibly detailed design is by Cory Ferguson, a true master of tattoo pointillism.


Tattooing is an art form that requires talent, dedication, and skill, and those who have mastered it deserve recognition and respect. There are thousands of world-renowned tattoo artists who have cult-like followings comparable to those of many popular fine artists. We look forward to seeing what new directions this art form takes in the future!  

Welcome to the Norman Felix Gallery Blog!


The Norman Felix “Red Carpet”

Welcome to Norman Felix Gallery’s brand new blog!

We are a Toronto-based art gallery and management agency, as well as a creative haven for artists and art lovers alike. We are located at 627 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario. The beginning of 2012 has been an exciting time of growth, evolution, and expansion for the gallery, and we want to share our journey with you!

Norman Felix’s new space at Six20Seven Queen Street West

Norman Felix is a space run by people who are truly passionate about art, and understand the creative process (two of whom are artists themselves!) We believe in supporting emerging as well as established talent, and have dedicated ourselves to promoting Canadian artists. This is a competitive field, so we aim to help our artists master the business side of the art industry, in order to make the most of their talent and creativity.

The gallery maintains a hand-picked collection of original Canadian artwork, which ranges from elegant abstract paintings to breathtaking photography and skillfully rendered contemporary illustrations. We are a juried gallery, but we encourage ambitious and dedicated artists to submit their work to us because we are always on the lookout for new talent!

Norman Felix Gallery was first established by Erin Bittschwan, a business whiz from an artistic family whose love for art and penchant for business fuelled the creation of Norman Felix Gallery in 2006. Initially operating out of a 300 sq foot room on Spadina that would later become the gallery’s storage area, Erin began by managing her sister Nyoka’s artwork. Other artists started requesting Erin’s services, and eventually the first Norman Felix gallery showroom opened at 192 Spadina Avenue.

Erin Bittschwan, Gallery Director

Since then, the gallery continued to gain momentum, and recently outgrew its Spadina location. In autumn of 2011, we moved to a beautiful new storefront location on Queen Street West (at Bathurst). In collaboration with Gallery C-C, Creatures Creating, Footage Entertainment, and BodyBeautyMind, Norman Felix has established a multi-faceted creative space where local talent thrives. This collective is called Six20Seven. Our first opening reception at Six20Seven took place in December, for our annual Holiday show Delight 2011. It was a resounding success, and a promising beacon of many exciting events yet to come.

Delight 2011 Opening Reception @ Norman Felix Gallery

Our vision for the future is simple: we aim to continue to showcase amazing artists, put on fabulous shows, and deliver a powerful viewing experience to a diverse variety of tastes. This blog will document our progress, sources of inspiration, and reflections upon notable events and achievements in the Toronto arts community. Check back often for updates!

Until the next time,

Come visit us in person!