Comfort & Joy Artist Spotlight : Lindsay Van Ekelenburg

November 25, 2019

Today’s artist spotlight is The Art of Lindsay Van Ekelenburg, a local artist who is a long-time pal of The AIDS Network. In addition to being a familiar face at local festivals, Lindsay is perhaps most well known for her irreverent and bold tribute piece to her personal hero Carrie Fisher titled ‘Our Blessed Rebel Queen‘ which enjoyed viral fame in the fall of 2017 with fans of the piece such as Mark Hamill sharing it on social media. She was later commissioned by a close friend of Fisher who wanted to have a portrait piece of her late friend holding a cows tongue to commemorate an infamous moment in which Fisher had left a cows tongue in the desk of a Hollywood colleague to … encourage him to stop making unwanted advances towards her friend.  From her bio:  

Lindsay van Ekelenburg is an artist and illustrator based in Hamilton, Ontario, specializing in watercolour and ink. Most of her pieces are heavily inspired by women and nature, and her gentle and organic use of her preferred mediums captures the delicate grace of her subject matter.

Lindsay has also done illustration and design work for many local bands, small businesses and NGOs in Ontario, including work with The Aids Network and Pride Hamilton organizations. She works hard to help promote and spread messages of inclusivity, diversity and positivity though her work, especially in the LGBT community. 

On her down time, she can often be spotted sitting out under a tree, drawing all the life that surrounds her, longing to capture the feeling of nostalgia of growing up in Muskoka.

For our Comfort & Joy silent art auction, Lindsay has generously donated giclee prints of her two wildly popular Carrie portraits, and she is working on an original celebrity portrait specifically for the event which I hear is absolutely ‘Divine’ (hint hint). She also will be vending at the event so there is an opportunity to purchase some of her other amazing watercolour and ink prints for that art lover on your holiday list. Be sure to visit her website and give her likes and follows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Join us on December 6th, 6:00pm-10:00pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton for Comfort & Joy, a charity silent art auction in support of The AIDS Network. This fabulous fundraiser featuring amazing drag and musical talent and an incredible silent auction featuring a variety of one of a kind gifts from talented local artists and makers will help us to continue to provide some of our most valued programs and services. 

Advance tickets are available through Bruha.com , tickets will also be sold at the door.