Above: Sketching the Line, illustrator Rolf Schröter, on PATTISON Onestop screens across Canada.

Toronto ON, March 3, 2014 – PATTISON presents Sketching the Line, an international exhibition of 78 sketches drawn by 13 artists from around the globe, featuring brief impressions of fellow commuters that document place, time and movement while simultaneously revealing a myriad of personal moments. Sketching the Line is part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit programme.

Sketches of Toronto, New York, Berlin, and UK commuters will appear from March 3 to April 13, 2014, on PATTISON Onestop’s digital screens in Toronto subway stations, the Edmonton LRT, and the Calgary Airport.

Additionally, Sketching the Line reveals a special series of drawings featuring the Alberta Prairies as experienced during a daily car commute on a Calgary North digital billboard (billboard location: Highway 2, 3km south of Airdrie).

“Exhibiting sketches of commuters, by commuters, in the environment where they were made reminds us that we are not anonymous or invisible when we move through public space, and that the constant sea of humanity around us is actually made up of individuals. Sketching the Line also draws attention to the range of artistic practices that occur every day in well used public spaces like the Toronto’s subway system and Edmonton’s LRT,” said Sharon Switzer, National Arts Programmer and Curator, PATTISON Onestop. “This is the first exhibition of its kind on public screens, and I hope that commuters enjoy seeing themselves from the perspective of artists.”

The 13 artists included in Sketching the Line have been sketching, often on their daily commutes, some for many years, keeping their drawing and observational skills sharp. They embrace the challenge that the ephemeral nature of their subjects impose, have an interest in the awkwardness of an environment created by forced proximity and a shared need, and seem to share a respect for and fascination with their fellow commuters.

Participants include architects, artists, art instructors, character designers, curators, and illustrators. Canadian contributors are Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera of Imaginism Studios, and multimedia artist Nicole Little, all based in Toronto. The billboard series, based on a daily car commute from Calgary to Drumheller, is by artist and exhibit designer, Jan Beringer, based in Alberta.

The New York City sketches are provided by Richard Alomar, founder of Urban Field Studio; Greg Betza, founding member of Studio 1482; Jason Das, President of Urban Sketchers; artist Sharon Frost; Stephen Gardner who has painted more than 200 book covers; Anna Rich with more than 20 children’s book illustrations to her credit.

The Berlin sketches are provided by Oona Leganovic, a founding member of Urban Sketchers Berlin; Irish artist and educator Conor Coady; architect and illustrator Rolf Schröter. The UK commuters are captured by Steve Wilkin, a Yorkshire-based illustrator and educator whose work has garnered international recognition.

The participating artists’ biographies and artist statements are available at





PATTISON Onestop, a division of PATTISON Outdoor Advertising Canada’s largest Out-of-Home advertising company serving 200 markets coast-to-coast, is a world leader in the development and operation of Digital Out-of-Home Media (DOOH) for mass transit, mall, retail, hospitality, residential, office, and outdoor environments. Art in Transit represents PATTISON Onestop’s ongoing arts and culture programme.


About Art in
Art in Transit represents PATTISON Onestop’s ongoing arts and culture programme, presenting thought-provoking projects that enhance our shared environment and transport commuters, shoppers and city-dwellers, if only momentarily, out of their daily routines.


For more information contact:

Marie Nazar
Arts Publicist, PATTISON Onestop
Phone: 416.762.7702

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