Gary Taxali

Down a hidden driveway in west Toronto, an old velvet factory sits beside the railway line. Two of the converted units inside form the home and workplace of Gary Taxali, one of North America's most prolific and talented illustrators. The sweet scent of chai tea fills the air and Gary excitedly guides me around, stopping at his easel to show off a new painting he's working on, and at his Mac where he's been sketching some roughs for The Telegraph. He pulls out an early copy of his upcoming children's book, This is Silly, and - surrounded by vinyl toys, books, videos, posters, plants and paintings - begins to unravel his creative philosophy.

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