Erin Loree MIDNIGHT BLOOM

Installation view,  Midnight Bloom , Angell Gallery, Toronto, January 2016 / ©ErinLoree

Installation view, Midnight Bloom, Angell Gallery, Toronto, January 2016 / ©ErinLoree

It was with great pleasure that I assisted to the jam-packed opening of Midnight Bloom by Erin Loree. As this is her first show with Angell Gallery, her art definitely benefited from the large square footage and the high ceilings. 

The Way Inside  / 2016 / oil on panel / 30 x 24 inches / 76 x 61 cm / Private Collection / ©CamilaJourdain

The Way Inside / 2016 / oil on panel / 30 x 24 inches / 76 x 61 cm / Private Collection / ©CamilaJourdain

In this show, we can see a grand maturity achieve by Loree. First, she is working on larger canvases than she ever did before (up to 3 meters large). Secondly, I noticed a greater work in transparency. White spaces are more present, creating softer rhythms and fluid lines. Don't get me wrong, the thick impastos of oil are still present and center to her composition, however they are more condensed and balanced by the surrounding thiner application of paint. 

Tug-O-War  / 2016 / oil on canvas / 100 x 120 inches / 254 x 305 cm / Private Collection / ©ErinLoree

Tug-O-War / 2016 / oil on canvas / 100 x 120 inches / 254 x 305 cm / Private Collection / ©ErinLoree

The grand chef-d'oeuvre of the night (even though I consider everything Erin produces to be a chef-d'oeuvre) was definitely Thug-of-war. The painting takes your breath away first by it's gigantic scale 2.5 meters high for 3 meters long. I can only imagine the physical work required to create it. Let me remind you that Erin Loree works vertically, applying oil with brushes and moving the thick paint all-over the surface with homemade squeegees. Then, the seemingly infinite shades of blue, green, purple, yellow, pink and orange present in Thug-of-war captures your soul and forces you to look deeper and deeper into the composition. As I said in my previous review, I could spend a lifetime gazing at Erin's thick impasto's of oil, just as I would spend my life in front of a Riopelle, and never get tired of it. 

Installation view, Midnight Bloom, Angell Gallery, Toronto, January 2016 / ©ErinLoree

Installation view, Midnight Bloom, Angell Gallery, Toronto, January 2016 / ©ErinLoree

As I was writing this review, I received the news that Midnight Bloom sold-out just after the opening! I couldn't be happier for this well deserving artist who worked so hard to present her inner landscape & her inner light to the world. Erin Loree is undeniably the most promising Canadian painter of this century and it is only a matter of time before she achieves world-wide recognition. 

Grotto  / 2016 / Oil on canvas / 75 x 70 inches / 190 x 178 cm / Private Collection / ©ErinLoree

Grotto / 2016 / Oil on canvas / 75 x 70 inches / 190 x 178 cm / Private Collection / ©ErinLoree

Midnight Bloom is on view at Angell Gallery from January 8th to 30th 2016, Wed to Sat 12pm to 5pm or by appointment7 to 9 p.m. 1444 Dupont St., Unit 15, Toronto.