Born and raised in the shadows of Detroit’s art deco skyscrapers and surrounded by the beautiful, empty remnants of a lost heart of industrial America, Scotty Graham grew up daydreaming of city life, both past and present. By capturing the optimism of past city builders, he heroes Toronto in an aesthetic it is not often associated with. His collection of colourful, bold and eye-catching illustrations provide the capital city, still a colonial backwater in the 20s, with a romanticised history. Torontonians are often surprised and delighted to discover his cheerful work.
Scotty lives in Mount Dennis, Toronto and still daydreams of the future cities of the past.