In Feb. 2013, Fatima Arkin wrote an article in The Montreal Gazette about my art work and Papirmass which describes itself as an art subscription for the culturally curious. Every month subscribers receive a great surprise in the mail: a print featuring art on one side and a contemporary writing piece on the other.
In 2009, after graduating from art school, Kirsten McCrea founded Papirmass. Kirsten had honed her drawing skills in Montreal’s bustling collaborative art scene, making large-scale street murals alongside other artists. However, she wanted to make great, contemporary art affordable to more people through subscription. Since then, she has mailed out more than 50,000 prints to people around the world.
Kirsten was named a “Top-30-Under-30” artist by Blouin Artinfo. Her work has exhibited in Toronto’s AGO, Montreal’s Musée des Beaux Arts, and many other galleries. She has appeared on the Today Show and GIRLS, and in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, The National Post, and BUST Magazine. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and collaborator Jp King, where she paints, draws, prints, & publishes.
I was honoured that my Warbler painting was paired with 2 poems, Existential Cat and Dream/Mother, by Shelley Thompson in Papirmass mailing #30. Best known as Barb Lahey from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) hit TV show Trailer Park Boys, Shelley Thompson is an actor, writer, poet, playwright, singer, musician, mother and much more.
Prior to that #30 issue, Kirsten interviewed me and wrote,”Bird lovers out there, you are in for a treat with our next issue. Melissa Del Pinto is the best – repeat, the best – painter of birds we have ever seen. Her depictions of our fair-feathered friends truly take wildlife painting into the realm of portraiture. A Montrealer born-and-raised, Melissa uses oil paint as well as aerosol in her very large-scale works. Her custom frames are constructed from a crazy variety of objects and are in a class of their own.”