Artist Highlight | Art By Meesh

December 8, 2019

Art by Meesh

A Central Cannabis Artist Highlight

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art. – Andy Warhol

Central Cannabis is community-minded. We curate Hybrid Social events that provide cannabis-infused education with Canadian Licensed Producers. We value diversity in cannabis and humanity, creating space for local artists to share their work. We also understand that art and cannabis preferences are subjective. Love it or hate it, we regularly rotate the artistic crop every three months, opening space for new conversations and visual stimulation while visiting the store.

Puff, Puff, Pass the ART

When an Artist Highlight feature closes, it's bittersweet. After three months, the art becomes part of the space. Changing it up will ultimately disappoint some and excite others. Love it or hate it, the time to puff-puff-pass the torch and introduce our Winter Artist Highlight has arrived.

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Michel (Meesh) Fontaine | Visual Artist

A Central Cannabis Bud with Talent

My friends call me Meesh.

Artists are just as eclectic as their creations. Michel Fontaine's resume includes creative experience working as a consultant for costume, festival and alternative fashion design. He specializes in digital graphic design, film production/post-production, photography and animation. While working with Michel on his Artist Highlight, a few things became very apparent. This guy values his family and friends to no end. When asked questions about his work or personal life, he paints a poetic portrait, layered in humour, authenticity and witty puns. We highly recommend reading more.

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Cannabis has always played a role in my conceptualization and creation. ~Meesh
Does cannabis influence your artistic process?

Interview with Meesh

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi there! My name is Michel Lafontaine. My friends call me Meesh. My life, my love, my family, my studio, my education are currently in London, but that may change in the near future as I make my next step. I'm 5'11," and I like cats. I'm a bit of an 'art nerd,' and a bit of a 'stoner' and a bit of this and that…the most important part is that all these bits come together to make one hell of a sexy omelette. I didn't go to Western though... get it? Western Omelette?

I'll get toasty and make art at a bar.

Or in a car.

Or with a goat.

Or on a boat.

I'm doing the art school thang, and I'm in for the bong haul, I mean long haul. I'm into long hours of tedious little details and epic moments of wild paint flailing, sweaty and grinning.

Coffee and ganja for the win!

How would you describe your art?

My art style ranges, but I often work in the realm of abstraction, as I feel it allows me to create freely without the constraints of realism. Not to say my work doesn't dip its toes into realism from time to time, but for me, it's more the relationship between the imaginary or surreal, and what we know and understand that interests me.

Who are some of your artistic influences?

To explain my influences and their roles in my work would take forever. However, I will say that the most important people in my life that influence my work constantly are my partner Colleen, my mother Danielle, and my friend Zai Pittman.. who is also a London artist y'all need up in here.

Does cannabis play a role in your artistic process?

Cannabis has always played a role in my conceptualization and creation, as it opens up connections and metaphors, humour, and irony that I perhaps may not have been able to explore fully.

When you choose to use cannabis, what is your ritual?

I'm not overly ritualistic about smoking weed anymore. Pack it puff it and go.

Strain Review: What is your favourite cannabis strain, and why?

Ok. Weed. Good question. I'm smoking weed right now.

I prefer Indica hybrids, pink or purple Kush or any of their babies will suit me just fine.

Meesh’s Top 5

Favourite munchie satisfying spots in London, Ontario.

Ok. Food. Good question. I love food. I'm eating food right now. This list isn’t in any particular preference order.

  1. Prince Al's - You got to try the Wally burger and jerk burrito.
  2. El Furniture Warehouse - Fish tacos and mojitos for the win.
  3. 168 Sushi - My first date with Colleen and great sushi
  4. Tony’s Pizza - Easily the best pizza in town.
  5. Good For U - Inside Cherry Hill Mall. That lady is always so nice, and they have great korma.

Michel (Meesh) Fontaine
Michel Fontaine - Visual Artist
Meesh's art is available for viewing
December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020

Central Cannabis

666 Wonderland Rd. N.

London, Ontario

Take a trip down social media lane:
@Art.by.Meesh on Instagram and Facebook.

Open Call for Artists in London, Ontario
Artist Highlight trailblazers: Wil Garcia and Brock Springstead.Thank you for setting the bar and collaborating with us over the last six months.

London, Ontario, you got talent!

Open Call for Artists

Central Cannabis is looking for Spring and Summer 2020 artists to collaborate with!

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