Dusty Peas (James Kirkpatrick & Jamie Q)
Surprise Prize & Treats for Faceballs (two-book set)

This is a silkscreened two-book set by the London Ontario art team Dusty Peas, in a numbered edition of 50 copies. Surprise Prize is Dusty Peas’ first narrative book, in which Dr. Diamond Juice and Professor Snacks compete in a race to win the mysterious spherical raspberry treat. They ultimately discover that the more valuable prize is the strange and wonderful experience they’ve had along the way. Treats for Faceballs is a collection of abstract work that accompanies the story. The books are self-published in London, Ontario.

Self published
10 cm x 10 cm, 14 pages x 2 books pp, silkscreened, saddle-stitched, 2010
Edition of 50 numbered copies
$20 CAD

Available from the artists.


James Kirkpatrick and Jamie Q are Dusty Peas, a London Ontario-based collaborative team that makes art in a variety of media. Their drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, and self-published art books are at once both calculated and haphazard, and speak to the generative possibilities of constructive fun and good old-fashioned imagination. They have distributed their solo and collaborative art zines at small press fairs in Montreal, Sackville, London, Toronto, and San Francisco; and via Halifax INK and the RCAAQ at Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair. Their limited-edition silkscreened book A Journey Through Time & Shapes was featured in Time & Shapes: Recent Acquisitions at St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax.

Jamie Q holds a BFA in sculpture from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and an MFA from The University of Western Ontario. She was a member of the Long Haul artists’ collective in Montreal for four years. Her graduate research focused on the social potential of art objects—particularly regarding DIY systems for their exchange—culminating in a solo exhibition, Make-Believe (in two parts), at Art Metropole, Toronto, and Parker Branch, London. Her work was also included in Vancouver’s The Cheaper Show No. 9, and in the YOU-TUBE-IT International Juried Art Competition at Toronto’s Peak Gallery.

James Kirkpatrick received his BFA from NSCAD University in 2002. His work has been shown internationally, and was featured in the traveling group exhibition Pulp Fiction, presented at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2009. He is also well known as the graffiti artist and rapper Thesis Sahib. He has created artwork for several album covers, and his collaborative art book with Peter Thompson, Brain Trust, is published by Anteism. His limited-edition silkscreened book New Strangers is published by Dernier Cri, and includes an album of music he composed using a Gameboy. His most recent book is a self-published hardcover art book entitled Before the End, which comes with a 7-inch blue vinyl record, and a download card for the full-length Before the End album.