Large-scale artwork by emerging artist Jorian Charlton unveiled by Dream

Dream Office REIT and Dream Unlimited unveiled a new large-format photograph by artist-on-the-rise Jorian Charlton, called Untitled in the heart of the Financial District, at Bay and Adelaide Streets. The piece is part of ArtworxTO’s Year of Public Art, through the initiative Project Reframed, which aims to highlight and empower local, emerging BIPOC artists.

From L-R: Model Whak, artist Jorian Charlton and model Mo. (Photo credit: Norm Li).

Passersby in the Financial District will not miss this stunning artwork adorning 330 Bay St., the largest to date among the Year of Public Art pieces unveiled in 2021, spanning 3,000 sq. ft. and climbing 70 ft. high.

Charlton specializes in portrait photography that fuses beauty, culture, and fashion with Black representation. The art will be on display until Spring 2022, as construction is underway on the building to modernize its façade.

Dream has unveiled Untitled by Jorian Charlton on 330 Bay St, spanning 3,000 sq. ft. and climbing 70 feet high. (Photo credit: Norm Li)

Untitled showcases three models – a female and two male twins – all dressed in bright tulle dresses and pearls, contrasted against a dark backdrop. The twins sit tall on chairs while the female model stands proud over them with her hands on their shoulders, staring confidently and calmly into the camera, as a united front.
“We had originally organized the entire photoshoot on Instagram. I love to take an organic approach to my work – I’ve always believed in capturing people at their most authentic and natural selves,” says Charlton. “While I prefer to leave interpretation up to the viewer, through all my work, I want people to feel a sense of closeness and connection. I do hope Untitled creates a stronger sense of community after a long period of isolation.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the photoshoot was set in Charlton’s home in Mississauga. The intimate setting allowed for Charlton and her small team to experiment with her first-ever film camera. Charlton’s experiences as a Jamaican-Canadian have informed her work, culminating in her distinct style that effortlessly fuses fashion, identity, and beauty with black representation.

Untitled will be on display until Spring 2022 as work continues on 330 Bay St to revitalize its façade. (Photo credit: Norm Li).                                                          

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 kicked off this fall, in celebration of public art all over the city by local and international artists. ArtworxTO will continue to support local artists through to fall 2022, culminating in one of the largest arts and culture investments by the City in its history.

“We are very pleased to support Jorian Charlton’s work as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022, a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with Toronto-based businesses like Dream Unlimited and What We Like allows ArtworxTO to support local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity and creates more opportunities for citizens to engage with art in their everyday lives,” says Joe Sellors, Project Lead, ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022.

To learn more about Jorian Charlton, please visit www.joriancharlton.com.

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