Sweet as a Pickle: Art at One Restaurant


An extremely talented photographer and director, Ellen von Unwerth was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1954. After working in front of the camera as a model for many years, Ellen switched sides and focused her attention on photography. Known for specializing in erotic femininity, her photos are extremely provocative and have gained her notoriety world wide. She now shoots for major publications and independently.

Unwerth was catapulted into the public eye after her work in the 1990′s for GUESS Jeans, working with Claudia Schiffer and the late Anna Nicole Smith. She has also shot album promoshoots for Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Beyonce!

In the main bar area at One Restaurant in Yorkville, you will find some of her amazing work. When Mark approached Izzy from Izzy Gallery he had mentioned that he wanted something to adorn the walls of the lounge that would “pack a punch”, something that would make the guests of the restaurant “scratch their heads” and catch their eyes.

The first piece that he picked out was the “Bienvenue Los Angeles” shot, it wasn’t until even he looked closer that Mark realized that it was not the model’s tongue sticking out, but that it was in fact a pick a pickle!

Ellen- Bienvenue Los Angeles
At that point, Mark was sold, and in fact also picked “The Mask” and an extremely sexy shot of Penelope Cruz as well!
ArtworkThe photos have created quite a buzz over the years and have become the topic of many conversations, which is exactly what Mark and Izzy set out to do!

Bymark Gets a Pop Art Makeover by Claire Hall

Claire Hall, a name you will be hearing a lot more of in the future if you haven’t already!

Claire Hall

The 31 year old is a Burlington, Ontario native and is on the forefront of the custom art scene in Toronto. She is young, talented, outgoing and does not stick to one genre of art, which made her an easy pick for Mark McEwan when he wanted to commission someone to make his vision a reality while undertaking renovations at Bymark.

When Mark McEwan approached Claire about having some solid wooden blocks painted in a pop art format, Claire came to the restaurant armed with her mock ups and to everyone’s surprise, Mark replied- “that is better than I could’ve imagined”. We all know Mark as a tough judge, so with this exclamation, everyone in the room was blown away. Within mere minutes he also hired her to paint the slatted wall in the east side of the lounge.


The wooden cubes, in their original form have been a fixture at the Bymark bar since it’s opening 11 years ago. Yabu Pushelberg’s  design choice of using the architectural pieces was to soften the space and bring in natural elements to the downtown core’s concrete jungle. But as we know, Mark tends to push the envelope when it comes to his artistic vision. With the rest of the restaurant getting a face-lift, a custom paint job on the cubes, which many may have walked past without noticing before, gave him the opportunity to bring a brightness to the space.

Before and After

“Some people will love them and some will think I am crazy, but it is art and it is meant to provoke a conversation,” says Mark.

You can spend years searching for a piece that you have envisioned or you can have it created to your specifications and that is exactly what he did.

For more information about Claire Hall, please visit her website and make your décor decisions easy ones!