the historical and inspirational aesthetic of old ottawa

Marc Adornato photographed in his studio in Gatineau.

What a treat it was to photograph local artist Marc Adornato the other day. Marc’s art is an irreverent yet respectful mix of history, technology (old and new) and an ample helping of clever wit. Even though Marc lives across the river, he’s a constant exhibitor in the local Ottawa art scene, not to mention a welcomed regular at a number of local pubs and restaurants like Union 613 (where he has an indefinite art show), The Hintonburg Public House, The Manx and Oz Café.

Marc loves the historical and inspirational aesthetic of old Ottawa – the scattered historical remnants of the old logging town, the old buildings like Parliament, Union Station, the Byward Market, the Arts Court, and the buildings of Sparks Street. He also loves having quick access to old neighbourhoods, farms, and cottage country which is the breeding ground for antlers and furs, cheap antiques, and antiquated art supplies. “There is no shortage of old wood, and cool junk in and around Ottawa to source supplies and inspiration for my work“.

© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project

When Marc isn’t making his own art, he’s out with his wife Ula supporting other artists by taking in the local art exhibits and watching independent music at cool cafés like The Daily Grind and Raw Sugar “Ottawa has an amazing roster of talented cultural contributors, so many artists and musicians deserving of national attention”. 

I love asking everyone what their special Ottawa gems are and Marc has loads – the Speakeasy under Union 613 is a treasure, jazz nights at Mugshots, greyarea gallery, Fresco Guest Room on Elgin…. also the Continental Delicatessen and the Sausage Kitchen for our Eastern European treats”.  Marc is also a big fan of all of the local breweries in Ottawa especially Beaus and Beyond the Pale, so it’s not surprising his pubs of choice are all big supporters of the local craft beer scene.

If you get a chance to take in one of Marc Adornato’s shows you’ll so enjoy it – his work is beautiful but it’ll likely also make you smile! For more information about Marc’s art you can peek at his site: and/or follow him on twitter at: @MarcAdornato


Categorised as: Dwayne Brown Studio, loveOttawa

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