Erin Loree : Statement

Erin Loree was awarded the 2012 Medal for Drawing and Painting upon graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, London (U.K.), Brooklyn and San Francisco. In the fall of 2016, she completed the Bill and Isabel Pope Residency in painting at NSCAD in Halifax. Loree’s work has been featured in, CBC Arts, the Toronto StarBeautiful Decay and the Huffington Post. 


Loree’s process involves a slow building up and then removal of paint, creating richly layered surfaces that evoke emotional states and psychic spaces. To create these works, she begins with thin layers of transparent acrylic, over which oil are applied, scraped away, then re-applied, using a variety of tools including rags, squeegees, cardboard and brushes. Each layer is critical because the colour of the layers, and the order in which they are applied, alter how each layer interacts with what exists beneath it. Many of the works evolve over time and surfaces are reworked and disrupted, leaving stains and traces of previous marks. Intention and intuition come together as equal players in Loree’s process. A delicate balance is achieved between consideration and spontaneity, resulting in paintings that fully reveal themselves only upon extended viewing.