Erin Loree works with oil on panel to create vibrant and energetic paintings that straddle the line between abstraction and representation. Working wet-into wet, she builds the material up slowly, then removes and reapplies it to create richly layered surfaces that evoke emotional states and psychic spaces. Without a definite plan, she engages in a collaboration with her material through an intuitive call and response technique, allowing chance occurrences and painterly accidents to help generate imagery. The multilayered inner landscapes are composed using a variety of tools such as brushes, rags, squeegees, cardboard, and palette knives. Exploring themes of transformation, inversion, and duality, a delicate balance is achieved between consideration and spontaneity, with an emphasis on the process as a journey of discovery.
Loree has a BFA from OCAD University and a Certificate of Advanced Visual Studies from OCAD’s Florence Program. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Angell Gallery and Project Gallery in Toronto, Galerie Youn in Montreal, Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, and Peter Robertson Gallery in Edmonton. She has also exhibited extensively in group shows across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Loree was awarded the Robert Pope Artist Residency at NSCAD University, and has participated in residencies at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto, and Sachaqa Centro de Arte in Peru. She has been the recipient of numerous awardsincluding the 2012 Drawing and Painting Medal and Nora E. Vaughan Award from OCAD University, as well as an Ontario Arts Council grant. Loree’s work has been featured in YNGSPC.ca, MOMUS.ca, CBC Arts, the Toronto Star, Beautiful Decay,Booooooom, and Huffington Post. Her work is included in the collections of Toronto Dominion Bank, Holt Renfrew, Imago Mundi and numerous private collections.