Alex Currie, AKA Runt, is a Toronto street artist who is renowned for having painted Lee’s Palace on Bloor West on 3 different occasions, from 1986 to 2010. This city is the perfect canvas for Runt’s signature style and most Torontonians recognize this mural, as well as others ranging from various locations along Queen West to Kensington Market and Little India. Using surrealistic and colourful creatures inspired by Dr. Seuss's children’s books, Runt introduced a new aesthetic to downtown communities. At 24 years old, Runt originally had his eyes set on filmmaking, but transferred his artistic skills to a variety of media, ranging from canvases to building walls. With his unique style of fanciful creatures and visual stories, he transformed his vision into a long and storied career.
At once familiar and unfamiliar, Runt's works are of this world but definitely not of this world. Informed by a wide range of influences from Hieronymus Bosch to Dr. Seuss, Runt’s work embodies a love and critique of humanity as his monster scene-scapes play out in front of the viewer’s eyes. If one could press “play” on any of his scenes and advance them, the scenes would look entirely different. Runt’s characters capture the joy and aggression of our urban existence. But the beauty in Runt’s works is that they don't judge, they simply present. Known for his large murals, Lee’s Palace and The Electric Mud BBQ, Runt’s art is found in many private collections. Runt’s passionate adventure has turned into a career as one of Canada’s singular visionaries, on par with other 80s icons such as Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.
Illustration, Painting, Mixed Media
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