Erin Finley is the creator of "Memory Drawing", which helps older adults create art based on memories. Finley teaches at OCAD University, where she has won two teaching awards. For Erin Finley, drawing is an act of joy.

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⬇️ Recent Events ⬇️

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Rita Hayworth (Detail) | Pencil and watercolour on paper | Full drawing: 3' x 2'




Erin Finley's drawing on Hallwalls catalogue cover

demar

demar
"Demar" | Graphite powder and charcoal stick on paper | 30" x 22"

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"Intercession so that my dog will visit me in a dream" | Ballpoint pen | 22" x 14"

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"Punk Yoko Ono Love Book" | Collage, paint on cardboard | Approx. 4" x 4"

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"Bernini's Daphne" | Ink on paper | 11" x 14"

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"Education is a human right" | Ink + gouache on paper | 11" x 14"

grief

grief
"Grief" | Gouache, pencil crayon, fluorescent paint on paper | 14" x 11"

gold serena williams

gold serena williams
"Serena Gold and Manicure" | Charcoal, pen, ink, rhinestones, gold leaf, acrylic paint and metal foil on paper | Dimensions variable

serena

serena
"Dream of Serena" | Chalk on paper | 14" x 11"

slumberland

slumberland
"Slumberland" | Ink and iridescent paint on paper | 11" x 14"

liz third eye

liz third eye
"Liz Third Eye" | Gouache and acrylic on paper | 11" x 14"

feel

feel
"Stars Squid Rafa" | Charcoal & acrylic paint on paper | 30" x 22"

brando

brando
"Borromini" | Watercolour & pencil on paper | 30" x 22"

hulk

hulk
"Hulkmania" | Ink & watercolour on paper | 22" x 30"



P R E V I O U S T H I N G S

Hallwalls Drawing Rally, Buffalo, NY | 2018

Women's Work | Hallwalls, NY | 2017

Birth | Ryerson University, Toronto, ON | 2017

Canada Council for the Arts | Explore & Create Grant | 2017

All Hail: Solo Exhibition | Redhead Gallery, Toronto, ON | 2016

Waysides | Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin, US | 2016

Ontario Council for the Arts | Exhibition Grant | 2016

Canada Council for the Arts | Production Grant | 2015

A.I.R. Gallery, NY | Collabo w/ Heather Saunders | 2015


The artist thanks these organizations for their research support:

The artist thanks these organizations for their research support:


ERIN FINLEY is a Toronto-based artist whose work has been exhibited at Paul Petro (Toronto, ON); Arc Gallery (Chicago, IL); Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY); Allegheny College (Pennsylvania); Eastern New Mexico University (NM); CBGB's (NY); Miami University Gallery (Oxford, OH); Line Gallery (North Bay, ON); La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts (Burgundy, FR); Femina Potens Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID); Siena Art Institute (Siena, Italy); Queen's University (Kingston, ON); ร‰cole Polytechnique (Paris, FR); Moonfruit (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art (Brooklyn, NY) and Karat Artspace (Cologne, Germany). In 2012, she collaborated with Canadian artist Heather Saunders to produce Opera Yoko, a drawing-based performance held at Yoko Ono's alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in New York. 
 
Finley has received national, provincial and municipal support, including project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Other institutions that have supported her work include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Universitรฉ du Quรฉbec a Montrรฉal, and the University of Calgary, where she obtained an MFA while teaching in the University's engineering program. Finley has given talks on her practice at McGill University, University of Toronto, University of Buffalo (SUNY), University of Ottawa, Queen's University, Brock University, Ryerson University, York University, University of British Columbia, Sheridan Institute, New York University, University of Western Ontario, Ontario Tech University, Utrecht University, University of Wisconsin, the Kingston Armoury and Montreal's McCord Museum. During the pandemic, Finley participated in several live virtual drawing events, marking a new phase of her creative practise, where real-time performances and community-building are key. 

Erin Finley teaches drawing at OCAD University, where she has won two teaching awards.
 
Finley's newest series of drawings, titled Margaret Atwood for Mayor, was developed at the Banff Centre during an artist's residency. The project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Artist Contact:
erinfinleyartist@gmail.com

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