artverb* is an independent artist-run business dedicated to serving the needs of Toronto’s visual arts community. We are based in downtown Toronto and cater to artists, galleries, museums and institutions.

  • Specializing in local fine art transportation and installation throughout Southern Ontario
  • Service delivered by friendly and uniform-wearing artists
  • 17+ years of professional art handling experience
  • Offering bi-weekly New York City and monthly Ottawa/Montreal shuttles from Toronto, in climate-controlled, air-ride suspension, lift gate equipped, fully alarmed, unmarked trucks
  • Delivering to art fairs all across North America, including NYC, Chicago and Miami
These are the hands that move your art

Ryan Barrett

Founder and Owner

Ryan makes artverb*. This company is his vision. He tells everyone what to do. He likes being green. He also likes cookies. Some people know him as the mousetrap artist. Some people know him as an ultra runner. And some people know him as the boss.

Email me: ryan@artverb.com


Agata Ostrowska

Operations Manager

If you need to book a job with us, you need to speak with Agata. She answers our phones, takes care of our local and international logistics, and makes sure our clients are happy. And when not in front of the computer, she sits in front of her antique typewriter and makes art.

Email me: agata@artverb.com


Dean Povinsky

Senior Lead Installer and Art Handler

Dean is just a normal guy who likes movies and watching the waves lap upon the sand as the sea birds circle above waiting to scoop up the stardust falling from his gleaming hair. We’re not really sure what makes him such a nice guy but we’re pretty sure it has absolutely nothing to do with how incredibly handsome he is, or the fact that he was born in Oshawa, ON.


Mackenzie Duncan

Installer and Art Handler

Mack is an artist and art handler originally from Barrie who made his first steps into the art world as studio assistant for public sculpture installations and as an installer for shows at Georgian College and The University of Guelph where he graduated both their art programs. He later went to work for the Clay and Glass Gallery of Canada in Kitchener Waterloo before finding his way to Toronto where he began working for artverb*.

Mack’s own artistic practice is inspired by the likes of Diana Alhadid, Vanessa Brown, Alexander Calder, and Ryan Gander. To name a few.

Nick Colbert

Nick Colbert

Installer and Art Handler

Nick’s experience includes fabricating and installing window displays to fine art installations all over Manhattan- from galleries and auction houses to local art fairs and Miami basel.

Nick is a painter, sculptor, and also creates custom footwear. In all things he does Nick likes to bring a detail-oriented creative approach, whether it’s installing a show or discussing ufo conspiracy theories.

Stephen Deffet

Stephen Deffet

NYC Installer and Art Handler

Stephen Deffet is an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Stephen has shown his work internationally and directed an artist-run gallery out of his garage for two years while living in Ohio. When Stephen is not at the studio or working one of his art handling jobs he is most likely eating or sleeping.


Maxwell Barnes

Maxwell Barnes

NYC Art Handler

Maxwell, 29, based out of Harlem, NY, is a self described “anti-hero” artist. Working through the medium of high resolution photoshop collage, Barnes constructs vast visual tapestries that extend past any singular interpretation. The R. Rauschenberg quote “Meaning is an economic way to feel” is a guiding principal of the artist’s deep dives into visual absurdity.

Having grown up in the New York City art world, Maxwell has long been familiar with the many levels that operate inside of it, and possesses confidence in all aspects of Art Handling. Maxwell is proud to apply that skill and confidence to the artverb* team on every New York shuttle.

You can find examples of Maxwell Barnes’ work hosted on the link below:

Todd Irwin

Chicago Art Handler

Todd handles art on our Chicago shuttles. He is also a fine art printmaker and maker of zines and small publications. Otherwise he is drinking coffee at Chicago diners or hanging out with his dog Laika and cat Hot Sauce.


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