Museum of The Street - Illustration Exhibit

Dear Friends,


You may not know that for 30 years, I was an illustrator working in the Advertising and Editorial Illustration world… and for 27 of those years I was also an Illustration professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.


I have been asked to participate in a group show of Toronto illustrators, who worked exclusively by hand, in the pre-digital age. The show is entitled:




The curators of this show asked me to exhibit the painting below. For those of you who are interested, the details of the exhibit are posted here.


To view some of the hundreds of paintings I created in my career, just visit:


While the show opens Jan. 12, 2016, there is an opening reception on Jan. 14, 2016, from 6-8 pm. If you are interested in attending, it would great to greet you personally. Unfortunately, aside from some soft drinks, there will not be any kosher refreshments provided.


Julius Ciss

Executive Director

Jews for Judaism (Canada)

"MUSEUM OF THE STREET" is part of "The Archive Project"

The Illustrators’ Archive Project seeks to acknowledge and celebrate illustration, the bastard child in the hierarchy of the visual arts. We hope to interest patrons and public institutions in laying the foundation for an archive of illustration. Printed illustration has always represented an ever evolving and transient museum of the street.

Day by day illustrators recorded and commented on the attitudes, ideas and the preoccupations of contemporary society. Illustrators frequently initiated the interaction between art and popular culture. Illustrators were artists with access to the mass media. Their ideas, interests and preoccupations leaked into the culture and had an influence on everything from art to movies, fashion and literature.

The Archive Project has launched ‘The Museum of the Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration.’ The exhibition sings the praises of those picture makers, whose craft and art strives to illuminate, elucidate and decorate a text. Words and images live in happy tandem, entertaining and telling stories.

We have brought together the work of 36 recognized illustrators whose images were commissioned by book and magazine publishers, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporations, labour unions, theatre companies, political and literary journals for distribution via the print media.

These works continue to engage the eye and mind being vibrant, provocative, beautiful, and strange. Not only are they integral to our understanding of cultural norms and anomalies of past decades but also are representative of the best conceptual, technical and aesthetic accomplishments in illustration.

The original works are perishable. Painted and drawn on paper, board or canvas. The tools of the trade: pencils, sharpeners and erasers, pelican inks, Indian inks, pen nibs, whiteout for revisions, multicoloured markers, water, oil, polymer and casein-based paints, scissors, glue, x-acto knives, hog’s hair and sable hair brushes, turpentine and linseed oil, scratch board and airbrush.

It is important to encourage collectors, archives, libraries and institutions to preserve the original art, sketches, books, notes and reference materials for the future. The underlying purpose of this exhibition is to foster recognition of Canada’s unsung creative sector to ensure that their legacy of creativity and artistic excellence not be lost through neglect and obscurity.

Details of the exhibition:

The Museum Of The Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration

John B. Aird Gallery, located at 900 Bay Street, Toronto