Eri Ishii

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Eri Ishii was born in Japan and now lives in Vancouver working mostly in oil painting. Her work stems from love of oil paint as its buttery texture and depth of colours open a portal to a world inside of her.  She has studied art at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver Life Drawing Society, and under the guidance of her late mentor, Norman Yates.  She also holds a Master of Arts from University of British Columbia.

A winner of several awards, Eri has exhibited her work in over twenty solo shows and thirty group exhibitions across Canada and internationally including Centre A in Vancouver, Halde Galerie in Switzerland, and Taiwan National Art Museum in Taiwan. Her work can be found in public collections such as Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Kobushi Rehabilitation in Japan.  Eri is currently represented by Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver.

SOLO & TWO-PERSONS EXHIBITIONS

2019 Open Book, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
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

2020 Holiday Show, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2020 Summer Mini Show, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver BC
2020 Long-listed for Jackson Painting Competition (445 selectedfrom 5634), London, UK
2018 Five Paintings Weekend Exhibition, Shadbolt Arts Centre, Burnaby BC
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

PUBLIC ART  & FILM PROJECT

2018 Atira’s Gift, Mural with Richard Tetrault & Michelle Stoney. Atira Women’s Resource Society, Vancouver BC
2013 Radius, Mural, Collaboration with various artists. Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver BC
2013 Lola’s Fourth Life, Film, Collaboration with Ian & Lola Penn, Sidney & Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver BC

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 Award, Fort St. John, 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

2020 Panel Presenter, Studio Crisis, Simon Fraser University Public Square, Vancouver BC
2019 Panel Presenter, Displacement Forum, Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Vancouver BC
2019 Curator, Displacement Exhibition, Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Vancouver BC
2018 – present  Studio Director, 901 Artists Cooperative, Vancouver BC
2016-17 Board of Directors, Core Artist Live/Work Cooperative, Vancouver BC
2013-16 Board of Directors, Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Vancouver BC
2013-18 Curator, Preview Shows, Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Vancouver BC
2009-17 Co-ordinator, Portside Studios, Vancouver BC
2014 Artist Talk,Granville Art Walk, Vancouver BC
2014 Vice Chair, Eastside Culture Crawl Society, Board of Directors, Vancouver BC
2014 Juror, Opus Arts Competition, Vancouver BC
2014 Juror, Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver BC
2007-10 Chair, Board of Directors, 901 Artists Co-operative, Vancouver BC
2006-04 Curator, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver BC
2005 Artist Talk: Between,Campbell River & District Public Art Gallery, Campbell River BC
2005 Artist Talk: When You Run,Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove BC
2002 Artist Talk: Run, Island Mountain Public Gallery, 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

SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE

2020 Nikkei Vision, Kelly Fleck, Toronto, ON, Japanese Canadian artist Eri Ishii
2019 Globe & Mail, Arik Ligeti,
2019 Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin,
2013 Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, Painting leads woman, Vancouver BC
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,
2002 CBC Radio North, James Evans: Follow-up
2002 CBC Radio North, James Evans: Missing Treasures
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

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

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

REPRESENTATION

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