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  • Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists (video)

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Her Story: Canadian Women Scientists will be a series of artist-created narrative videos..
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  • ABSTRACT Gallery Ring Online Juried Show

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery Ring seeks 2D art works of abstract works. All artistic styles and..
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  • Landscape Art Exhibit by Curator in Residence Alexis Marie Chute

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Call to Artists All Landscape art styles are welcome for submission to this new..
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  • Exhibition: Symbiose retrouvée

    Location: Coaticook, QC

    Le Musée Beaulne a le plaisir de présenter l’exposition Symbiose retrouvée de l’artiste..
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  • Cold War playing at North Van Arts International Film Series

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    An epic, visually arresting love story spanning borders and decades by master filmmaker..
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  • Call for Artists - On The Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts is excited to announce that we will be participating in..
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  • March Blues Juried Print Show

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Grey Gallery invites emerging and established printmakers to apply to a juried exhibition..
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  • Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show

    Location: Brampton, ON

    Visual Arts Brampton is excited to present the Snail Mail World Postcard Art..
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  • Private Art Collection Dispersal

    Location: Ssakatoon, SK

    James Korpan is dispersing selected pieces of artwork from his private collection. Many..
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  • Large Works

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase only larger artworks as we..
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  • EARTH

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18+) to participate in the..
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  • AGEism

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18+) to participate in the..
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  • The 34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019 Agora Gallery is..
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  • Free Gallery Space

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The Vancouver location of Essentia is accepting applications from artists interested in showing..
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  • “Beauty” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline February 28, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Beauty, allure, style, refinement, symmetry, perfection. People are drawn to others..
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  • Red Cedar Basket Workshop at North Van Arts

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This two-day weaving workshop will explore patterns and a variety of natural materials,..
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  • Advanced Painting at North Van Arts

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    A course for artists with some painting experience who would like support developing..
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  • Call for Artists

    Location: Montreal, QC

    The Museum of Jewish Montreal invites artists and collectives to submit their proposed..
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  • SCA 2019 Open International Juried Online Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Best of Show: $2,000 - 2nd Prize $1,000 - 3rd Place $750 -..
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  • ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Early bird Deadline February 28, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ArtTreasury is a brand new magazine that will become an annual treasure box..
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  • Call to Artists: Art Calgary 2019

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Art Calgary invites applications from all emerging, mid-career and established artists. We are..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival

    Location: venice,

    Deadline: February 28, 2019 (11.59 PM of your local time) We are selecting..
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  • Light within the Shadows; a Painter's Memoir

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    In this compelling memoir Granirer shares her successes and failures, addressing issues of..
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  • 3rd Annual Colors Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 3rd Annual Colors art competition. For this competition,..
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  • MESH

    Location: Bowen Island/Vancouver, BC

    MESH Call for Photography + Contemporary Art Curated by Rebecca Morse (LACMA) + Linsey Young..
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  • BIAM Biennale internationale d'art miniature

    Location: Lévis, QC

    BIAM Biennale Internationale d’Art Miniature 10th edition : June 16 to September..
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  • Floyd Kuptana Gallery at Arcturus

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Floyd Kuptana is a fearless and fiercely original Inuit artist. His sculptures and..
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  • Sunny Art Prize 2019: Call for Artists

    Location: London,

    The Prize The Sunny Art Prize is an international art competition hosted by Sunny..
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  • CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: February 28, 2019

    Location: VENICE,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: February..
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  • “Painting the Female Figure”

    Location: Owen Sound, ON

    Call for Entry Calling artists in all media, interested in “Painting the Female Figure” 2nd..
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  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – The Sex Show 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Gallery 1313 is pleased to present the SEX SHOW 2019, a group curated..
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  • The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition

    Location: Hamilton, ON

    The Women’s Art Association of Hamilton 123rd Annual Juried Exhibition ..
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  • Call for Submissions - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    CALL FOR ARTISTS #CallForArtists for the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest juried..
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  • Call for Submissions: Best of Northern Alberta

    Location: Fort McMurray, AB

    “Best of Northern Alberta” The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists who live..
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  • 2020 Call for Submissions

    Location: St. Albert, AB

    The Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), a contemporary, non-profit, public art gallery,..
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  • Potter Taylor Is Scammer

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Recently Artists in Canada artists have been receiving emails requesting artwork from a..
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  • In Conversation with Danny Lyon

    Location: Bowen Island, BC

    2-DAY SEMINAR WITH DANNY LYON Friday June 14 + Saturday June 15, 2019 |..
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  • Call for Submissions – 2020 Multifaith Calendar

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Call for Entries to Visual Artists Each year, the Multifaith Action Society invites..
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  • Beacon Original Art - Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    We invite emerging, mid-career and professional artists to apply to participate in our..
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  • Represent Canada in 6x6x2019!

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Looking for a chance to show your artwork to global audience? Then join..
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  • 2019 Cadaques Mini Print Open Call

    Location: Barcelona,

    39th edition 2019 open call. To access the rules, please visit http://miniprint.org/aarules/?lang=en, where you can..
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Tony Mayo

 

Carver, Ceramics, Drawing, Figure, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painter, Photographer, Portraits, Sculptor, Wildlife / Animals

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Tony Mayo only uses hand tools to create his sculptures. On very rare occasions, when it is necessary to remove large amounts of material to arrive at a basic shape, he may use power tools. But the actual shaping, refining and final finish is always produced with hand tools. Mayo works by hand because he feels it puts him in touch physically and emotionally with the essence of the material in which he is working.


Mayo says, “I know if I am working by hand, it is going to take me a long time to create a work of art. I believe that realization forces me to slow down and take my time while manufacturing the finished product. That awareness compels me to not hurry and to be more patient and exacting.”
Tony Mayo’s completed work is refined and finished beyond what the human eye can normally see. When working, he wears magnifying goggles while using small hand tools. Sometimes he makes his own tools because there are no available commercial implements that will allow him to create some of the difficult angles and details he takes great pleasure in producing.


Mayo likes the challenge of pushing various materials to their limit, forming them either very thin, or into demanding shapes that are normally not attempted.


As he sculpts a piece, again and again Mayo looks carefully at it from every possible angle to make sure each line or surface is as straight, evenly curved, or smooth as possible. He does not want any bumps, ridges or uneven areas. As he brings a piece to completion, he closes his eyes and lightly run his fingertips over all surfaces, feeling for irregularities which his eyes, aided with magnifying glasses, may have not detected. If anything unsatisfactory is discerned, Mayo carefully reshapes and smooths it to his standard.


The final polishing is extremely painstaking and time consuming. After the surface has been meticulously smoothed with exceptionally sharp tools, it is hand sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper. The 400 grit is followed by 600 grit, then 1,000 grit and finally with 2,000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. On some occasions, Mayo may work up to 3,000 grit paper. Mayo uses the 400 grit sandpaper to form the final shape, removing extremely small amounts of material, almost as one might use a super fine file. Frequently, as Mayo puts the final polish on a sculpture, he will discover uneven areas; he then reworks those sections and goes through the entire polishing process once more.


Often Mayo’s sculptures incorporate undercuts that are only the thickness of a sheet of paper. Imagine sanding and polishing into those sharp undercuts, as well as into numerous small holes and difficult angles, using a tiny piece of sandpaper held with your fingertips. Often, Mayo must make diminutive custom tools onto which sandpaper can be attached in order to get into hard to reach areas. Hand sanding to a polish can take 100 or more hours.


When carefully observing Mayo’s sculptures, you will notice that even the bottoms and other unseen areas, as well as the smallest hard to reach regions are smooth and finished to a polish.
Mayo’s desire is to make his finished piece of art absolutely as perfect as he is able, and to that end, he will rework a piece over and over. Some of his sculptures evolve over several years and take as much as 2,000 hours to complete.


Often mayo’s art contains details so small that most people can’t see them without the aid of a magnifying glass.

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