14.11.11 by Jeff

Re-imagine childhood drawings

A brilliant show called “Homeroom” just opened at Subtext Gallery! 20 artists re-imagine works from their childhood.

Homeroom show at Subtext Gallery - reinterpreting childhood drawings

Soey Milk

Homeroom show at Subtext Gallery - reinterpreting childhood drawings

Homeroom show at Subtext Gallery - reinterpreting childhood drawings

Sean Mahan

Homeroom show at Subtext Gallery - reinterpreting childhood drawings

Harmony Gong

Homeroom show at Subtext Gallery - reinterpreting childhood drawings

Homeroom show at Subtext Gallery - reinterpreting childhood drawings

Katherine Brannock

November 11th – December 11th, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, November 11th, 6-10pm
Food available from Chubby’s Food Truck from 6-8pm
Live performance by Roswell That Ends Well at 9pm

Fingerpaints, crayons, chalk and color pencils. We were all budding artists in childhood, and we had the freedom to create every mystical creature and dream we envisioned. The early years were full of drawings that were Guest curated by Christina ConwayHomeroom attempts to rediscover the nostalgia of youth and innocent creativity. Each artist for this exhibition found a piece from their childhood and reinterpreted it in their current style.

Featured artists include: Allison SommersAudrey KawasakiCelëne PetrulakChris RyniakDadu ShinHarmony GongJAW CooperJeyaJennifer DavisJUURIKatherine BrannockKelly VivancoLeung Ka-YinMartin HsuNaoshiNimit MalaviaSean MahanSoey MilkTran NguyenYoskay Yamamoto and Zoë Williams.


via: designboom

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Joseph V.

    Oh my! I have done this with many of my childhood drawings! My favorite was a drawing I did in my childhood bathroom, on the sink’s counter top. I can still remember it as if I were there drawing it as I imagine myself as a child.

    The drawing was of a flower, with a 2D butt, pushing out long, straggly feces. I redid the drawing about a year ago in more of a 3D, polished look. I believe I used watercolor to brighten the old pen drawing up. It came out great!

    I’ve always loved this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow, this is awesome! Wish I could go and see this exhibition!

  • lapetitefaon

    what a brilliant concept!

  • LOVE IT!

  • Wish I knew how to remove the creative block that seems to get
    More and more prevalent as we age and are taught to clolor the sky blue and grass green. I was so imaginative and creative as a child, and I was also super emotional and sensitive. I used to have “night-terrors”( much worse, rare, and terrifying for a child).i had them for 10 years, from approx age 12- 22) . As I got older I learned to wake myself up out of them by turning on all the lights and closing and opening my eyes , shaking my head hard until the apparition would finally disappear. If I had known I’d forget my creative side as much as I have, I would have kept a dream journal and drawn the monsters, crazy balls of lights, paintings in my room that would come to life in my night terrors, and also recorded the narratives that were so fantastical, in a funny, beautiful, and off the wall way- and I’d be set for life with inspiration . Thanks for this post – you have inspired me to somehow reach into the past to wake some demons and storytellers from the terrors of my childhood(I am 41 now.)

  • I love this. I have been collecting my younger cousins drawings, I miss the lack of fear we had as a child, we drew from an innate skill that was only judged by ourselves. Ken robinson quotes an anecdote of a teacher viewing a drawing a child drew of God, she asked the child ‘But no one knows what God looks like’ and the child replied ‘Now they do’. peace x

  • michelle mateo

    I got to see this in real life.
    It was great 🙂
    and it was SO much fun to draw with all those cute markers and crayons that you would have had when you were little

  • Great idea! Love the art

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