Rocking and On the Go

Copyright 2016, Public Art of Toronto. All rights reserved.

Cask Music Mural, 2015
Located: Corner of Pape Avenue and Queen Street
Artist: Jimmy Chiale
Copyright 2016, Public Art of Toronto. All rights reserved.

Jimmy Chiale hails from France. He relocated to Toronto in 2006. He began drawing at an early age, but it wasn’t until he relocated to Canada that he began to experiment with different techniques. He soon began painting murals along with skateboards, longboards, shoes, and socks. Chiale considers Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat to be his biggest influences, but his style is distinctly his own. His canvases incorporate abstract and eye-like imagery, colour, and texture to evoke emotion rather than concrete form.

As much as he likes working on murals and outdoor installations, Chiale doesn’t consider himself to be a graffiti artist. He would rather focus on creating canvases that will stand the test of time. Not that he limits himself strictly to painting; he is also the owner and curator of 416Gallery where he exhibits his own pieces as well as hosting other artist’s work and installations.

Given how busy he is, we’re lucky Chiale took on the creation of the Cask mural.

The inspiration for the title comes from a collaboration between Mick Jones of the Clash of The Clash and Futura 2000 called The Escapades of Futura 2000. Mick laid down the licks and Futura provided the rhymes.

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