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Bio

Eri Ishii is a Vancouver artist working mostly in oil painting. Covered with layers of delicately applied oil paint, her work emanates a dreamy and atmospheric quality, filled with visual depth and a strange sense of mystery. She has explored several different subjects over her career to date; from the paintings of soft landscapes and buildings to the most recent series of disquietingly still and moving figures which conjured an anxious vulnerability.

A winner of several awards, Eri has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group shows across Canada and internationally including Halde Galerie in Switzerland, Taiwan National Art Museum in Taiwan, and Kobushi Rehabilitation Centre in Japan. Eri is currently represented by Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver.

Education

2010-2001 Mentorship, Mentor: Norman Yates
2000 Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Oil Painting II
1992-98 Basic Inquiry, Independent Study, life drawing
1996 Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Art Access

AWARDS

2015 Vancouver Foundation, DTES Arts Award, Vancouver BC
2010 Vancouver Foundation, DTES Arts Award, Vancouver BC
2009 Vancouver Foundation, DTES Arts Award, Vancouver BC
2002 Delta Arts Council, Award of Merit, Delta BC
2001 BC Festival of the Arts, Scholarship Project Award, Fort St. John, BC

SOLO & TWO-PERSONS EXHIBITIONS

2016 Towards, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC                                        
2014 Wrapped, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC                                      
2013 Everything Pink, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011 Collective Effort, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 Home, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2009 Eri Ishii, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2008 All I Wanted, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 It’s All Personal, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006 Eri Ishii & Curtis Cutshaw, Halde Gallerie Zurich, Switzerland
2006 Solitude, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005 Between, Campbell River & District Public Art Gallery, Campbell River BC
2005 When You Run, Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove BC
2002 Run, Island Mountain Public Gallery, Wells BC
2002 Run, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt BC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Tree of Life, Taiwan National Art Education Museum, Taiwan    
2011 Urban Landscapes, Elevation Gallery, Canmore AB
2010 DTES Award Recipients Exhibition, Centre A, Vancouver BC
2008 Group Show, Canvas Gallery, Toronto ON
2008 Unite with Art, Auction benefitting UNICEF, Vancouver BC
2008 SIX, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver BC
2007 Cyclops Dreams, Third Space Gallery, Saint John NB
2005 Cyclops Dreams, Access Artist-Run Centre, Vancouver BC
2005 Group Show, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria BC
2004 Face Up Front, Glass Onion Gallery, Vancouver BC
2004 Group Show, Gallery 83, Vancouver BC
2004 Start with Art, Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove BC
2003-99 Art for Life, Friends for Life Society, Vancouver BC
2003 Artropolis 03: The Big Picture, CBC Studio, Vancouver BC
2003 Figurative Works, Fran Willis Gallery, Vancouver BC
2002 artWORK 2003, BC Festival of the Arts, Surrey BC
2002 Valentine’s Show, Versatile Gallery, North Vancouver BC
2002 artSpacific, Delta Art Gallery, Delta BC
2001 artWORK, BC Festival of the Arts Fort, St. John BC
2000 Aim for Arts: International Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC

RESIDENCY

2002 Island Mountain School of Arts: Artist Project for Professional Artists, Wells BC
2001 Island Mountain School of Arts: Artist Project for Professional Artists, Wells BC

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

2016-17 Core Artist Live/Work Cooperative, Board of Directors, Vancouver BC                          
2013-16 Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Board of Directors, Vancouver BC
2013-17 Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Curator, Preview Shows, Vancouver BC
2009-17 Portside Studios, Co-ordinator, Vancouver BC
2014 Granville Art Walk, Artist Talk, Vancouver BC
2014 Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Vancouver BC
2014 Opus Arts Competition, Juror, Vancouver BC
2014 Harmony Arts Festival, Juror, West Vancouver BC
2007-10 901 Artists Co-operative, Chair, Board of Directors, Vancouver BC
2006-04 Firehall Arts Centre, Curator, Vancouver BC
2005 Campbell River & District Public Art Gallery, Artist Talk: Between, Campbell River BC
2005 Seymour Art Gallery, Artist Talk: When You Run, Deep Cove BC
2002 Island Mountain Public Gallery, Artist Talk: Run Wells BC

PUBLICATIONS

1999-2003 Art For Life, Friends for Life Society, Vancouver BC
2003 Artropolis, The Big Picture, Vancouver BC
2002 BC Festival of the Arts, artWORK 2002, Surrey BC
2001 BC Festival of the Arts, artWORK, Fort St. John BC
2000 Aim for Arts, International Exhibition, Vancouver BC

MEDIA COVERAGE

2010 Globe & Mail, A little help with friends, Vancouver BC
2008 West Ender, Mary Frances Hill: Artists’ Fight, Vancouver BC
2008 Courier, Cheryl Rossi: East Side Art, Vancouver BC
2008 Georgia Straight, Pieta Wooley: Artist in Extinction, Vancouver BC
2006 Essential Vancouver, Bettina Matzkuhn: Old Language, Vancouver BC
2006 State of the Arts, Michelle Hopkins: Lisa Birke, Eri, Vancouver BC
2006 Preview: The Gallery Guide, Mia Johnson: Eri Ishii: Solitude, Vancouver BC
2005 North Shore Outlook, Jennifer Maloney: In the Limelight, North Vancouver BC
2004 Vision, Jane Ma: Eastside Culture, Beijing, China
2003 Westender: Artscetra, Mary Frances Hill: Dozing Off, Vancouver BC
2003 Westender: Artscetra, Mary Frances Hill: Art-Theft, Vancouver BC
2002 Westender: Artscetra, Mary Frances Hill: Arts Year, Vancouver BC
2002 Westender: Artscetra, Mary Frances Hill: Whip Shows, Vancouver BC
2002 Vancouver Shinpo, Kanna Kitakaze: Eri Ishii Exhibits, Vancouver BC
2002 Quesnell Cariboo Observer, Dorothea Funk: Missing Painting, Quesnell BC
2002 Prince George Free Press, Jennifer Parks: Never Standing, Prince George BC
2002 Wells Community News, Tory Bowman: Eri Ishii Run, Wells BC
2002 Coast Reporter: artBEAT, Jen Degrass: Art on Beach, Sechelt BC
2002 Ubyssey, Phoebe Wang: Run by Eri Ishii, Vancouver BC
2001 North Shore News, Layne Christensen: Ishii, North Vancouver BC
2001 Pacific Rim Magazine, Kris Blizzard: Tone & Texture, Vancouver BC

Radio/Television

2002 CBC Radio North, James Evans: Follow-up
2002 CBC Radio North, James Evans: Missing Treasures

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver BC
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver BC
Kobushi Rehabilitation Centre, Myoko-shi, Nagano Pref, Japan

REPRESENTATION

Ian Tan Gallery, 2321 Granville St., Vancouver BC, V6H 4H7
Ph: 604-738-1107 email: info@iantangallery.com

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