Erika Olson

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Artist Statement

For many years, after receiving my degree from Concordia University in 1997, all of my studio spaces were empty white cubes. I reacted by painting large abstract paintings influenced by colourists such as Guido Molinari, Howard Hodgkin, Paul Klee, and others.

In 2004 I was given a space to work in inside a house. For the first time I was working in a domestic space filled with plants, pottery and textiles. with an open window to fields and a river. In response to this stimuli I worked predominately with still life and food oriented subject for thirteen years. My work was was concerned with saturated colour flat planes and multiple view points. The pitchers and oranges and plants in my pastels and painting have been gradually taken out and I have returned once more to abstraction. I use colour in the same saturated way until it almost looks like shiny enamel and my colour schemes relate to all of the different colours that I have been influenced by from other cultures especially Indian Miniatures. I play with sharp and organic lines and shape balancing them against one another. My works are meant to be seen against a white wall as I have carefully played with white edges that blend into the wall and cause an interesting distortion.I often work from a small collage as a starting place to work on composition. When enlarging the piece inevitably becomes its own thing. I am interested in colours and compositions that are calm and rich, pieces to relax into.

Solo Exhibitions

2013    Shelf Life Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Kingston ON
2011    Things Verb Gallery Kingston ON
2010    Still Life Sandra Whitton Gallery Kingston ON
2009    Solo Studio Watch Agnes Etherington Art Gallery Kingston ON
2008    New Work Sandra Whitton Gallery Kingston ON
2006    Fish, Water Lilies, Rice Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Kingston ON
2005    New Work Verb Gallery Kingston ON
2003    Fruit and Veg Simon Andrew Studios Kingston ON
2002    One Window Simon Andrew Studios Kingston ON
2001    Dark Ground Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Kingston ON
1999    Erika Olson Danielson Gallery Toronto ON
1998    Umber Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Kingston ON

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 I love this Piece Studio22 Kingston ON
2016 Collective Sparks Studio22 Kingston ON
2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Nathan Phillips Square Toronto On
2015 Open Studios The Banff Centre Banff AB
2015 10 Artists Studio 22 Kingston ON
2014 Light Vessels Simon Andrew Studios Kingston ON
2013 I am Water The Pump House Museum Kingston ON
2013 Shoreline Shuffle Outdoor Public Space Kingston ON
2012 I am Water The Window Art Gallery Kingston ON
2012 The Shagrug Collective The Window Art Gallery Kingston ON
2012 OKWA Kingston Public Library Kingston ON
2011 The Shagrug Collective The Window Art Gallery Kingston ON
2011 Reflectivity The Academy Gallery Bath ON
2011 OKWA Kingston Public Library Kingston ON
2011 6 Artists - 2 Studios Studio 2 – 477A Princess St. Kingston ON
2010 Kingston Juried Art Salon Kingston Public Library Kingston ON
2010  Innocence Gallery Innocence Gallery Bristol UK.
2009 Kiwi Sculpture Garden Kiwi Gardens Perth ON
2008 Kingston Juried Art Salon Kingston Public Library Kingston ON
2008 Joan Ferneyhough gallery Joan Ferneyhough gallery North Bay on
2007 20x20x20 Goldie Gallery Montreal QC
2006 Contemporary Landscape Goldie Gallery Montreal QC
2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Nathan Phillips Square Toronto ON
2004 Signs of Spring Cannington House Gallery Oakville ON
2004 Juried Members Show Kingston Arts Council Kingston ON
2003 Connected Agnes Etherington Art Gallery Kingston ON
2003 Juried Members Show Kingston Arts Council Kingston ON
2003 Annual Members Show Organization of Kingston Women Artists Kingston ON
2003 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Nathan Phillips Square Toronto ON
2002 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Nathan Phillips Square Toronto ON
2002 Juried Exhibition Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Kingston ON
2002 Annual Members Show Organization of Kingston Women Artists Kingston ON
2001 Lake Forest Art Expo Chicago IL
2001 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Nathan Phillips Square Toronto ON
2001 Group Exhibition Barber Gallery Guelph ON
2001 Group Exhibition Praxis Gallery Toronto ON

Awards

2015 Gertrude and Ernest E Poole Endowment Banff Alberta
2011 Second Prize, OKWA Juried Art Exhibition
2010 Best Use of Colour, Kingston Arts Council Juried Members Show Award
2008 Ontario Arts Council Project Grant
2006 Grand Prize, Kingston Arts Council Juried Members Show Award
 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant
 Vermont Studio Centre Residence Scholarship
2004 Honourable Mention, Kingston Arts Council Juried Members Show Award
2003 Honourable Mention, Kingston Arts Council Juried Members Show Award
 Honourable Mention, Organization of Kingston Women Artists Annual Members Show
 Vermont Studio Centre Residency Scholarship

Education

1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal QC

Bibliography

18/02/12 “Will the real jury please stand up” The Kingston Whig Standard
26/05/08 “Winners Local Artists Gobble Up Exhibition Awards”
The Kingston Whig Standard
26/05/08 “This Win was the Icing On the Cake” - Queen’s Gazette
09/05/08 “KAC Juried Art Salon Win” - Kingston this Week
Spring/07 “The Ubiquitous Power of Food: Erika Olson’s Fish, Water Lilies, Rice”
Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre Newsletter
06/10/28 “Prisoner of War Cookbook Inspires Art” – The Kingston Whig Standard
Fall/06 “The Open Window” – Queen’s Quarterly
03/12/13 “Bringing The Work To The People” – The Kingston Whig Standard
03/05/09 “Signs of Spring” – The Burlington News
Summer/02 “City of Artists” – Kingston Life Magazine
 

Organizations

Canadian Artists Representation Canada
Kingston Artists Council
Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre (Kingston)
Organization of Kingston Women Artists

Artist

Erika Olson

Price range: $900-2500