William Lazos has painted an impressive number of mural projects, including major commissions for the Queen West Health Centre, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, and a project for American abstract artist Frank Stella at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Lazos has been exhibiting since 1984 across Canada, the US, and Europe.
Lazos’s painted surfaces are technically precise and smoothly rendered, using a combination of meticulous airbrush and paintbrush techniques to capture subtle plays of light and complex textural surfaces. His subjects—carnival scenes, colourful commercial products, and other contemporary cultural objects—call on all the senses in their striking detail. While certainly familiar and even nostalgic, Lazos’s works are also unmistakably contemporary. More than photographic imitation, his paintings combine haze and sharp focus, document and memory, hyper-realism and childlike wonder to mesmerizing effect.
Lazos’s work can be found in public and private collections in Canada, the US, and abroad; these include the City of Toronto Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Peel in Brampton, the Howard and Judith A. Tullman Collection in Chicago, the Royal Canadian Mint, and the Standard Chartered Bank in London, UK.