Fantuz Artworks is the shared art studio of Emilie Fantuz and Mike Fantuz. Our studio is located in the "Artworks" building in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
October 2022, Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Signet Contemporary Art, London, UK
August 2023, Two-Person Exhibition, Christina Parker Gallery, St. John's, NL, Canada
November 2023, Two-Person Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
If some artists consider their work to be a mirror of society, the artwork of Emilie Fantuz can be considered a magnifying glass held against the world around her. Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Emilie began her work in the picturesque setting of Hawaii, where exquisite views to inspire never lack. Her work has evolved over time as her surroundings have, highlighting the beauty in everyday scenes.
Today Emilie’s unique style is a seamless marriage between American realism and the Ashcan School, displaying cityscapes and urban views through a romantic framing that makes even the glow of a streetlamp tread the line between reality and dream.
Her artwork has been exhibited in both the United States and Canada, including the popular annual exhibition, Bugs, Blooms, Beasts, held at the Scarab Club in Detroit. Her work has been awarded several times, from A l’Heure de Paris in Detroit, Michigan, and from the City of Howell Public Art Project in Howell, Michigan, and belongs in worldwide collections.
Many artists speak of the accidental ways they found their path towards art — Mike Fantuz is not one of those artists. Born in Guelph, Ontario, the foundation of Mike’s artistic career began even before his birth, specifically in the 1940s. This was the decade Mike’s grandfather, Gastone Fantuz, immigrated from war-torn Italy to Canada and began his own artistic career.
It was a gift from his aunt and uncle — his grandfather’s palette knives and easel— that shaped Mike’s artwork today, forming his characteristic method for creating original oil paintings in his distinct, American realist style with nothing but palette knives.
Today, Mike Fantuz continues creating artwork in his signature style, an emotive fusion of expressionism and realism, while carrying on his grandfather’s tradition of using palette knives. His work has been featured in several solo exhibitions and belongs in collections within Canada, the USA, Italy, and England and the collections of the Government of Newfoundland and the City of St. John's among others.
Please use the form below for commissions or other inquires.
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Signet Contemporary Art, London, UK
Christina Parker Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland