August art exhibition “Outgrowth”

“Outgrowth” is my new exhibition of art currently on display at Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House until September 2, 2017. Please join me for the reception on Sunday August 13, 3–5pm. I invite you to leave your comment on this blog, or write in the exhibition comment book at the show.

I decided in recent years that it’s a bad idea to have an art exhibition in the summer because it lures me to the solitude of my studio when I should be outside enjoying the weather. Well, somehow I convinced myself that I could finish the artwork for my current show in the spring, which didn’t happen exactly as planned. I’m not a procrastinator in the typical way, but I do tend to cram in as many “final touches” in the very last minutes before hanging an art exhibition. If someone had forced me to hang this show an hour earlier, there would have been one less artwork!

This series of art is completely different from anything else I’ve done. It has been an indulgence for me to immerse myself in trees, examining rugged ridges in minute detail. With this show, “Outgrowth”, I am inviting you to explore every bark fold, crack, burl and crevice in the stark contrast of black ink. A close inspection uncovers my sincere and earnest reverence to the smallest features that reveal a tree’s individuality and history that may span several lifetimes. Step back, and the tiny ink lines soften and blend to form a naturalistic depiction.

The trees I studied for these pieces are all real and live near Lake Ontario’s shore in Oakville.

Bending Spoons Gallery @

Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House

3010 Dundas St W, Toronto

Show Runs until September 2, 2017

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Sketch Page & Geequinox 2017

I’ve been silent for a while. It’s a natural part of my creative life. I go through periods of introspective planning that require silence and input; I observe and let the world come at me and live through me. Now that I have two small children, silence rarely happens. I can go days on end without any meaningful silence. When I do have some precious quiet after the kids go to bed, I’ve been in the habit of sabotaging it with television or some other senseless silence-killing act. Nevertheless, silence is vital to creativity. If creativity is part of your life, you know what I mean. Like a night of deep sleep that repairs and heals the body, silence is the mind stimulant that promotes innovative connections between ideas and generates new thoughts. Silence and stillness make action possible.

So, while I am still seeking silence, I am feeling the need to express myself more than I have the last few months. I didn’t mean to be silent on this website for quite so long, and all of a sudden I feel that I have a lot to say!

For starters, I have drawn a new self-portrait.

Dan Holst Soelberg - self-portrait

I have also created a place on this website to keep some of my personal drawings.

Excerpt of sketches by Dan Holst SoelbergMost of these drawings were first posted on Facebook, and now they will have a more permanent home here. Click here to visit the page.

On to announcements: I’m excited to let you know that I will be attending a Halifax event next month as a featured guest!

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Geequinox takes place April 22nd and 23rd. To quote the official website, “Geequinox is a two-day event held at the Halifax Forum focused on gaming, cosplay, comics, and art.” This marks my first Nova Scotian event, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I will be joining the (again, quoting the official site) “vendors of geek centric goods and services” and I will bring as many wares with me as the airline will allow. I’m flying NewLeaf for the first time direct from Hamilton to Halifax. Both the airport and the airline are new to me and I’m enthusiastically anticipating the experience. I love travelling and everything to do with travel. Even waiting in the airport feels like an adventure to me.

A big, heartfelt thanks to Marina Smith for inviting me to Geequinox. Marina has been wonderfully supportive of me and my work, and it will be exciting to finally meet her face to face. Also, a special thanks to Alex for giving me a place to stay in Halifax. Your generosity and kindness are unequaled.

Please click here to learn more about Geequinox.

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Shadow Abuse Awareness Month

October is sneaking up on us once again. For some inexplicable reason, many people don’t realize that October is Shadow Abuse Awareness Month. I’m not sure why Shadow Abuse Awareness isn’t trending as the most important topic right now. I mean, our Prime Minister wrote that beautiful, touching poem, and Adele sang her heart-wrenching “Abuse of Shadows” ballad with Kanye West and Willie Nelson. And the countless celebrities baring it all in those powerful youtube vines in the name of Shadow Abuse Awareness. Anyway, I’m here to announce that I’m doing my part. I know it’s only September but I’m starting early: I have launched an exhibition of original art in Toronto:

Dan Holst Soelberg Shadow Abuse Art Exhibition - Invitation

I brought my artwork on Sunday to Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House with my radical revolutionary wife Jaime. I am super excited to share my passion for this worthy cause. My activist artwork is on the walls of Vesuvio’s until October 16th. Please come to the restaurant with protest signs and shouty voices. I’m not advocating that you streak naked in front of the restaurant waving a giant Shadow Abuse Awareness banner and post videos of the whole thing, but if that happens for some reason, please share your link with me here and on Facebook. We all must do our part. Peace out and rock on!

Dan Holst Soelberg Shadow Abuse Art Exhibition

Dan Holst Soelberg Shadow Abuse Art Exhibition

Dan Holst Soelberg Shadow Abuse Art ExhibitionDan Holst Soelberg Shadow Abuse Art Exhibition

Dan Holst Soelberg Shadow Abuse Art Exhibition


Shadow Abuse By Dan Holst SoelbergPlease help fund my campaign for this worthy cause. Buy your copy of Shadow Abuse from my online shop.

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