“Loiterers” Muralist Kellen Hatanaka

by Rob Sysak, September 5, 2015


Title: Loiterers
Concept: Conceptually, the mural was designed to reflect everyday life in the Queen West area. I wanted the subject matter to mirror it’s surroundings while acknowledging the presence of gentrification and how it affects and changes the community. 

Bio:Kellen Hatanaka is an artist and designer from Toronto, Canada. He works in a variety of disciplines including graphic design, illustration, painting and sculpture. In his bold, graphic approach he reduces his subject matter into minimalist studies of shape and color. Drawing with a sense of immediacy and embracing the resulting imperfections, Hatanaka creates compositions reminiscent of cut paper. He lives with his wife Kiersten and their dog, Paul