About Marc Ngui

Bumblenut Pictures was established in 1994 by Marc Ngui, a Canadian fine artist and professional illustrator. The work on this site shows Marc's huge range of drawing styles and flexibility in many media.

Marc was born in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He started drawing as a kid and studied architecture at the University of Waterloo. His early creative practice centered on the production of self-published zines, posters and comics, and in 1999 he moved to Toronto where he participated in the vibrant DIY community of self-publishing and art making. During this time Montreal based Conundrum Press published two of his graphic novels, Enter Avariz and The Unexpurgated Tale of Lordie Jones. In 2004-2005 he was a video journalist for the CBC's innovative open source television show Zed Television reporting from the fringe and underground cultures. Between 2005 and 2011 he was travelling around the world on a self-governed research project called Internet and the Beach..

Marc's Drawings from a Thousand Plateaus have been exhibited in art galleries across Canada. Let's Glow and Braveland are two recent exhibitions of art made with Magda Wojtyra, his partner and collaborator in Happy Sleepy. He has received several award nominations for Watch This Space, a book about public space for young adults. Other recent projects include illustrations for Boone Lab, a biochemistry research lab at the University of Toronto, and Olden County, a 400 page graphic novel currently in its first draft.

Currently Marc is working on The Field Trip Project to transform a used Japanese student backpack donated for eathquake relief for shows in Japan’s disaster areas.

Marc lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Marc with a coffee and Russian family, Auroville

Marc Ngui watching bats at sunset in Thailand, 2007

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Selected Exhibitions

Let's Glow, collaborative solo show with Magda Wojtyra
        Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, March 2012

The Reef, with Magda Wojtyra
        UpArt Contemporary Art Fair, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto 2011

Drawings from A Thousand Plateaus
       Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, 2012
       Quantal Strife group show, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC 2008
              McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, 2007
              Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto, 2006
        PPOP cartoon art group show, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON 2005

Totem Pill animation, Sequential Desire group show
        WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, ON 2008
        Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, ON 2009
        Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, ON 2009

Meme Swarm drawings and digital art, Gene Swarm group show
Le Kop Shop, Montreal, QC 2006

city4 digital art, Pixel Gallery at the Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON 2003

Zak Meadow zines, Cyclops’ Dreams group show of artists' comics
Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver, BC 2005

Peace Love and Unity: Typical Robot Landscapes
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON 2004

Bumblenut Pictures Zine and Art room
Canzine Indie Arts Fair, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON 2004

Big Doodles solo show
Common Ground Art Gallery, Windsor, ON 1995

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Special Projects

Organiser, Too Cool for School Art and Science Fair
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON 2010

Curator, Artist Rooms at Canzine Indie Arts Fair
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON 2004, 2005

Educational Practice

Graphic novel workshops for Write On! literacy program
        Toronto School of the Arts, Toronto, ON 2011
        Senator O’Connor College School, Toronto, ON 2010

Cartooning instructor, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON 2005

Cartooning instructor, Yellowknife Public Library, Yellowknife, NWT 2005

Awards and Grants

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
        Let's Glow, 2012
        The Reef, 2011

White Ravens, International Youth Library, Watch this Space 2011

Red Maple Award nomination, Watch this Space 2010

Creative writing grant for Graphic Novel, Canada Council for the Arts 2007

Best Emerging Artist nomination, The Doug Wright Awards, Lordie Jones 2005

Creative writing grant for Graphic Novel, Canada Council for the Arts 2005

Best Illustration nomination, National Magazine Awards, Quallunology 2004

Design Studio Award, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo 1991

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Ongoing Projects

Happy Sleepy

Selected Clients

Macleans Magazine

Toronto Star

Kids Can Press

Annick Press

Spacing Magazine

This Magazine

Chickadee Magazine

Coach House Books

Eye Weekly

University of Laval Press

Revolver Pictures

Sumac Press

Automotive Industries Association of Canada

Fluid Media

ING Direct



RNA Studio

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