John Oswald is a multi-disciplinary media/sound artist, composer, musician, dancer and photographer. Since 1999, he has amassed a diverse and extensive image database of friends, acquaintances and strangers. Oswald's work is about metamorphosis, and his images, captured individually and later brought together digitally, create complex portraiture. His artistic vocabulary is based largely on experimentation, and the development of ideas often leads to discoveries of another nature. Oswald’s trompe l'oeil images in three transit shelters at the intersection of Queen Street West and Shaw Street, coincide with an exhibition across the street at the Edward Day Gallery - see FEATURE EXHIBITIONS.
In 2004, Oswald was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award, and for his previous exhibition at Edward Day, the Untitled Art Award for Best Show in a Commercial Gallery. He is well known for his plunderphonics, which involves using samples of existing recordings to create a new work. In recent years, his work premiered at the Boston Symphony Hall and the Museum of Technology in Vienna, and his pieces have been performed by the CBC Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada.