Avery Gibbes

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

There are many different "worlds" that exist within our human perception. These worlds exist physically, figuratively, conceptually and culturally, and our understanding of them is constantly changing and evolving as we each gain new experiences and learn more about the different worlds around us. It is inevitable at different points in our lives that we'll be faced with entering worlds that are outside of what we already know. This could mean beginning a new career path, moving to a new city, adapting to a new culture, or experiencing a different way of living life.

"Weirdos of Another Universe" is a series of paintings where I've decided to explore the “what ifs” of an imaginary situation where a small population of humans suddenly exist within an alien world. This series is about the feeling of being an outsider after having entered a new world, and gradually figuring out how to find your place within it. This narrative sits at the core of the series, and each painting serves to either further explore this narrative or to further build the world within which it is taking place.


Inside the Studio


How long have you been creating art?

I've been making art for as long as I can remember. As far back as kindergarten and first grade I always felt the need to draw whatever it was that I was into at the time. Art was very important for me in those early years given how shy I was. My ability to make art was a real source of confidence and gave me an identity to feel proud of.

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

Art offers the opportunity for emotional connection. When people fall in love with an artwork of any form, it is because something about it speaks to an experience that they've had, aligns with their view of the world, or represents their perspective on life. Art has the ability to make people feel as though their experience is understood and that they are not alone.

What do you listen to when you work?

I like a lot of older rock and metal. I play the guitar so I'm biased in favour of guitar music.

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

outside running, playing my guitar, or following football.

Select Past Exhibitions

Riverdale Artwalk Online Exhibition - June 2021


Women's Art Association of Canada, Toronto, ON


D'Arcy Symposium, Toronto, ON


OCAD University, Toronto, ON
GradEx 104


Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, ON
Experiencing Perpectives


25 artists to watch from the OCADU graduation exhibition


OCAD University
Bachelor of Fine Arts

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