After generating a lot of buzz at the Toronto International Art Fair in October, Bobby Mathieson is ready explode, both on the canvas and in the world of fine art. His work is a collision of Pop art subject matter and the gestural exhilaration of Abstract Expressionism. Punctuated by his heavy paint application, Mathieson’s work inhabits the reservoirs of childhood imagination, a world both playful and terrifying.

Beginning January 16, Mathieson’s first solo exhibit Heroes — a collection of atypical celebrity portraits — will be on display at Toronto’s Neubacher Shor Contemporary gallery.

TORO spoke with Mathieson about the pros and cons of art as an institution, how he developed his frenetic style, and his fascination with elves.

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