We are Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek, Canadian artists based in Toronto Ontario who work collaboratively under the name Tin Can Forest. We create sequential art, film and books. Our work is inspired by the the forests of Canada, Slavic art, and occult folklore.
Our work has been screened and exhibited at festivals and galleries internationally, including the The Edinburgh Art Festival, the Ottawa Animation Festival, The Tokyo International Film Festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Kyoto Manga Museum, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
We have received support from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, The Chalmers Arts Fellowship,The Canada Council or the Arts, and Bravo! Canada. In 2009, Marek was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work as designer and art director for PBS & WNET Thirteen’s ARTOPIA, an animated television show about art for children (first aired September 2008). Our books have been nominated for Doug Wright Awards and have won a Joe Shuster Award.
Tin Can Forest has appeared in print in publications such as The New Yorker, Communication Arts, and Oaken Throne. In 2008, Drawn and Quarterly published our first art book POHADKY. In 2010, Koyama Press published our second and third books, BABA YAGA AND THE WOLF, and WAX CROSS, 2012.
We debuted our first Tin Can Forest Press book, A CABBAGE IN A NUTSHELL, at the 2014 Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Our second Tin Can Forest Press book, WE ARE GOING TO BREMEN TO BE MUSICIANS by Geoff Berner and Tin Can Forest, was released at TCAF in 2015.
WHAT IS A WITCH, written by Pam Grossman and drawn by Tin Can Forest debuted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016.
In the summer of 2016, our video installation “Lawren Harris’s Dream” was part of the The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, curated by Steve Martin and Andrew Hunter.