Erin Finley is a Toronto-based feminist artist whose drawings feature outlandish, imaginary narratives. Her line-work is inspired by the lithography of Honoré Daumier, though any sense of Victorian restraint is offset by kamikaze subject matter and a degree of hyperbole normally reserved for Looney Tunes celluloid.
Finley's drawings have been exhibited at Paul Petro (Toronto, ON); Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY); Arc Gallery (Chicago, IL); Allegheny College (Pennsylvania); Miami University (Oxford, OH); Line Gallery (ON); CBGB's (NY); Eastern New Mexico University (NM); La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts (Burgundy, FR); Femina Potens (San Francisco, CA); Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID); Siena Art Institute (Siena, Italy); Queen's University (Kingston, ON); Moonfruit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); École Polytechnique (Paris, FR) and Karat Artspace (Cologne, Germany). In 2012, she collaborated with Heather Saunders to produce Opera Yoko, a drawing-based performance held at Yoko Ono's alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY).
Finley has been awarded grants from national, provincial and municipal agencies, including five Canada Council project grants; three Ontario Arts Council project grants; and three Toronto Arts Council project grants. Other institutions that have supported her work include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Université du Québec a Montréal, and the University of Calgary, where she obtained an MFA in 2004 while teaching drawing in the University's engineering program. Finley has delivered lectures on her studio practice in Canada and the United States at the following institutions: University of Toronto, University of Buffalo, Queen's University, University of Ottawa, Brock University, Ryerson University, York University, University of British Columbia, New York University, University of Western Ontario, the Kingston Armoury, and Montreal's McCord Museum.
Erin Finley teaches drawing at OCAD University. Her newest project, "Margaret Atwood for Mayor," is a series of drawings generously supported by the Canada Council.