Dani Crosby

Born April 29, 1983 in Toronto Ontario, Canada.


Sheridan College, Bachelor of Illustration.


Selected Exhibitions

2017                            Durham Reach, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, group exhibition

2016                            Projections, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, group exhibition

2015                            Motor City Stories, Robert McLaughlin Gallery/Gallery A, group exhibition

2012                            Fictionary, Station Gallery, group exhibition

2004-2012                  Multiple independent and groups shows.

Todd Tremeer, Exhibition Curator “Projections Catalogue”, February 2017, p 5-7

"Dani Crosby’s drawings are memorable for their crisp, calligraphic, illustrative lines. A few coloured lines and the occasional cream paper punctuates what is otherwise black and white imagery. There is a retro quality in Crosby’s drawings. In part, this may relate to her use of pen, brush, black and coloured inks. More likely, there is something familiar in her work. Crosby’s rich repertoire of marks and in nuances suggest antique copper- plate engravings, vintage advertisements, popular cartoons and textbook diagrams. Viewers might also be reminded of Dr. Seuss, Curious George, Mad Magazine, drawings by Robert Crumb and any number of other slightly dated pop culture classics. 


In Crosby’s series Projecting, several oversize pairs of heads are shown in pro le facing-off against one another. Her previously described Pinocchio belongs to this grouping. Hung in a tight grid format, there is an undulating pattern in which one gure does – the other reciprocates – an eye is poked,a mask worn, something is spewed. This game of call and response is echoed by Crosby’s use of black and red ink. Another series of drawings called Maze, includes some sixty five heads of various sizes. With only one head per sheet, the head undergoes ever-changing permutations like a flip-book animation sequence splayed across the wall. Details, dot patterns and line transform each head’s shape, features and directionality. The basic schema of the face – eyes, ears, nose, mouth – are pushed and pulled, stretched, reconfigured and given new expression with each fresh sheet of paper. Faces frown, scowl, stare, laugh and grimace at each other.


Crosby’s heads remind one of a casual doodle pushed to the limit. Her creative approach being, one of action and reaction. A contour line occurs in response to lines made before it. Images form on the page, prompt a new sequence of marks and inspire a new drawing. Expression and characterization is made when lines converge, attract or repel. One imagines Crosby as constantly drawing and adding more faces to these walls. Gallery space andthe inevitable approach of installation day seems the main limiting factor in 7 these projects."



2007, “Ajax Juried Graffiti Show”, PRAC

2010, “Looking Forward, Looking Back” members' Juried exhibition, Whitby Station Gallery


Awards and Grants

2017, VAC Executive Director's award

2012, OAC Exhbition grant

2010, NMA Gold Prize, Best Magazine Cover Art in the Canada