Artist Dany Reede's "non-traditional self portraits" populate the walls inside Deseo on South Osborne. (Robin Summerfield)
You don't have to go all the way to New York for great art. We have a ton of people here in Winnipeg who are so creative and talented. So why not support them?
—Scott Bagshaw, Deseo chef
Artists will do many things in the name of their art.
For Winnipeg artist Dany Reede, that means scavenging the streets for scrap pieces of wood, well-worn, paint-cracked window frames, cupboard doors and pop cans.
The so-called garbage becomes the canvas for his graphic and street art-inspired pieces and inspires the monsters he creates.
Those creatures--both whimsical and creepy all at once--decorate the walls inside Deseo Bistro in South Osborne, which was recently named the city's top restaurant of 2012 by the Winnipeg Free Press.
While the ingredients on restaurant plates get all the glory, decor, design and mood, including carefully curated art, are also an important element in a restaurant's popularity.
As an emerging artist, 26-year-old Reede, who also works part time as a dishwasher at Deseo, is thrilled with the opportunity to show his work. Reede's paintings are what he calls "non-traditional portraits," that actually reflect his own fears, anxieties and panic, he says.