Hari & Paul Aloisi

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a PRE-AUCTION only – the online auction will transition to the live auction event at CJ’s SKATEPARK (in Mississauga) on Thursday May 9th, beginning at 7pm.  Event details below.  If you are the high bidder when the online auction is closed at noon on May 8th, your standing bid will carry over to the live auction event at the Skatepark!

Winning bidder can pay for and pick up their items at CJ’s Skatepark during regular hours.

Student: Hari
Artist: Paul Aloisi

Message from the team:
“My name is Hari and I’m a student at Oasis Skateboard Factory. My brand is POPSK8!. POPSK8! exists to merge the worlds of cartoon, comic art, and sk8 culture.

The artist I worked with is Paul Aloisi. Paul describes himself as an interdisciplinary artist. He does work with murals, sculpture, and interactive art and combines a variety of media. I see his artwork as precise, mixed, and interactive. Some of his artistic accomplishments include getting a grant from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Paul got his start making art when he was gifted spray paint by one of his friends and started painting graffiti in his neighbourhood. Paul had a positive experience in high school and went on to attend OCAD University, George Brown College, and Ryerson University When he was young, Paul wishes that someone had taught him life skills, like how to do income tax. He advises young artists to know the economic value of their skills.

This board concept is based on an earlier board that Paul designed that featured multiple letters in a pleasing design. I saw it and suggested we do something similar with Xs to represent the 10 year anniversary.

I pressed the deck using Roarockit veneers and technology and then woodworked it. Paul cut the board with a bandsaw, applied a primer and then a black background. He then designed a cut-out vinyl sticker for the graphic.”

The Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF) is an award-winning TDSB alternative high school program where at-risk youth earn credits and graduate by building and selling skateboards and running a small design business. For Oasis Skateboard Factory’s 10 year anniversary, students were partnered with professional artists to create a unique rolling work of art. From adding illustrations and paintings to creating sculptures from cut up decks, OSF students and their artist collaborators go beyond the skateboard form and into the realm of high art.

All boards on display will be displayed at CJ’s SKATEPARK from April 16th – May 9th and will be available for public auction on the online JBM auction site.

On May 9th, the online auction bids will transition to the live auction event at CJ’s SKATEPARK beginning at 7pm where there will be a cash bar serving wine and beer. Proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting OSF’s unique programming.  Parking is free.

CJ’s SKATEPARK is proud to support such an amazing school!