In the Fall of last year, we were contacted by the Toronto design firm Oni One to submit a proposal for a new residential high-rise in East Village, Calgary.

We happily submitted a proposal for the Verve and were thrilled to be accepted.

We love East Village… the accessible river paths, eclectic restaurants, and the stunning new Central Calgary Public Library. From our art proposal, Oni One decided to purchase one original painting and commission four paintings for spaces with specific dimensions. The focus for all of the artworks was bold, contemporary abstract.

The existing artwork selected from the ArtMatch gallery was for the 6th floor amenity space (above) – Where the Wind Blows by Frances Vettergreen. ArtMatch coordinated the delivery and framing, selecting a sleek white frame which enhanced the modern look of this painting.

Frances Vettergreen Install - Oni OneWhere the Wind Blows, Frances Vettergreen, 48″ x 60″, Oil, Wax, Mixed Media on Canvas

Because the lobbies had specific size requirements, custom commissions were the way to go. The large elevator lobby wall required a painting 80 inches wide. Troy Babineau’s bold abstract style appealed to the client, and he created the masterpiece below. We’re sure it will make a lasting impression on the residents.

Troy Babineau Install - Oni One
Lions Roar II, Troy Babineau, 64″ x 80″, Oil on CanvasTroy Babineau Detailed - Oni OneLions Roar II details

ArtMatch artist Chlan Grant created three beautiful vertical paintings using her distinctive reverse plexiglass acrylic paint technique for the elevator lobby. Each painting was placed directly in front of the three elevator doors, providing a burst of colour each time one exits the elevator.

Chlan Grant Install - Oni OneSerenity II, Chlan Grant, 60″ x 30″, Acrylic on Plexiglass

The designers were thrilled with the fluid process for art selection, framing, and hanging via a professional hanger ArtMatch recommended, who also assisted with other art they chose for the building. The inclusion of local art was a key requirement for the builders in this beautiful new condominium and they certainly got that our help!


Chlan Grant Detailed - Oni One

Chlan Grant Detailed - Oni OneWildest Dreams, diptych, Chlan Grant, 60″ x 60″, Acrylic on Plexiglass