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TRUE BELIEVER, 2017

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BRIEF BIO

Born 1982, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany



Erik Olson’s painting practice offers a fragmented combination of objective, observation-based representations and abstract or conceptual image generation. Olson’s work is conceived within the framework of sculptural busts and traditional head-and-shoulders portraits, but each work extrapolates into dramatically different directions, highlighting the very malleability of subjectivity and invoking the presence of existential human crises. Olson’s color is both specific and vague; likewise, his brushstrokes both define observations and fall off into process-based mark-making.

Olson depicts friends and colleagues, people he encounters (briefly) while traveling through the world, and ideas of contemporary archetypes, allowing paintings, sculptures, and characters to converse with each other through installation. Olson’s work oscillates between portraying individual subjects in an analytic sense and a more intuitive approach that reaches beyond knowledge.

Erik Olson has lived a nomadic life, having been raised in Calgary, Boston, and Nairobi as a child. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver in 2007. In 2014 and 2015, he attended the critically acclaimed Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as a guest student of Peter Doig. Olson has been the subject of solo exhibitions in major cities across Canada and internationally in Europe and the United States. Olson's work has been featured in Juxtapoz, ELLE Canada, The London Free Press, London Yodeller, and The Telegraph, among others.

BRIEF CV

Born 1982, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany


EDUCATION

 

2014-5 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Guest Student of Peter Doig, Düsseldorf, Germany
2007 B.A., Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, B.C., Canada


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 

2017
"LA Paintings," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Erik Olson," The Cabin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 

2016
Solo Booth presented by BravinLee Programs, UNTITLED Miami, Miami, FL
"Masks," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
"Nine Faces", Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
 

2015
"Düsseldorfer," BravinLee Programs, New York, NY
"The Painter's Studio," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
 

2014
"The Mountains," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
"Figures," Douglas Udell Gallery Edmonton, Canada
 

2013
"New Portraits," BravinLee Programs, New York, NY
"The Dance," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada
"Architecture of the Face," Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
 

2012
"Space," Skew Gallery, Calgary, Canada
 

2011
"Out of India," Skew Gallery, Calgary, Canada
 

2007
"IDEAL Art Space," Calgary, Canada


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

2017
"O Canada," Beers Contemporary, London, UK
"Paper Works" (two person show), Viviane Art, Calgary, Canada
"Contemporary Visions," Beers Contemporary, London, UK
"Paper," Viviane Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada
 

2016
"Launchpad," Viviane Art, Calgary, Canada
"Paper," Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Montreal, Canada
 

2015
"King Kong Crisis," Golestani Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
Rundgang, Class of Peter Doig, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
"Spring," Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
 

2014
"Voted Most Likely," Curated by Kim Dorland, Contemporary Calgary
"Hey Stranger," Plug Projects, Kansas City, MO
"The White Room," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
Art Toronto, Michael Gibson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Annual Art with Heart Auction, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
"Fall," Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
"Portraiture," Whyte Museum, Banff, Canada
"Spring," Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
"Art & Value 2," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Canada
 

2013
Art Toronto, Michael Gibson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
"Winter," Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
Annual Art with Heart Auction, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
"Olympian Heights," MOCA Calgary, Alberta, Canada
"Floater," BravinLee Programs, New York, NY
"Faces," Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"Garage Montage," The Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada
"Collecting, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario, Canada
"BP Portrait Award 2012" Royal Albert Memorial Museum, UK
"Art & Value," Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada
"Made in Alberta," curated by Jeffrey Spalding, MOCA Calgary, Calgary, Canada
"BP Portrait Award 2012," Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
 

2012
Art Toronto, Michael Gibson Gallery, Toronto, Canada
"BP Portrait Award," National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
"Art Park," Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
 

2011
"Askew: New Directions in Painting," Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
"Calgary Collects," curated by Jeffrey Spalding, Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada
"The Cheaper Show," Vancouver, Canada
NEXT, Chicago's Invitational Art Fair, Chicago, IL
 

2010
"Fresh Paint," Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition, Canada
 

2009
"Merge," Skew Gallery, Calgary, Canada
"Fresh Paint," Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition, Canada
 

2008
"Redshift: Witnessing Landscape Change," Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada


ARTIST RESIDENCIES
 

2017 La Brea Artist Residency, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Sanskriti Artist Residency, New Delhi, India
2009 Emma Lake Artist Residency, Northern Saskatchewan, Canada
2007 The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada


AWARDS
 

2015 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant, Ottawa, ON, Canada
2014 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2013 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2012 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travel Grant, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2009 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2006 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Project Grant, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2003 Friends of Emily Carr University Scholarship, Vancouver, BC, Canada


COLLECTIONS
 

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto, ON, Canada
Ivey Business School Collection, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Suncor Energy, Calgary, AB, Canada
Talisman Energy, Calgary, AB, Canada
McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Calgary, AB, Canada


BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

2017
Anthony Hagan. "Following Curiosity with Erik Olson," Style No Chaser, Apr. 29, 2017
"Erik Olson Experiments with Vibrant Non-Traditional Portraiture," Juxtapoz, Apr. 30, 2017
 

2015
Kurt Beers. 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, Thames & Hudson: London, Sep. 2014
Joe Belanger. "Solo Exhibit Echoes German Studies," On The Canvas, London Free Press, Sep. 30, 2015
Nida Home Doherty. "Erik Olson - The Painter's Studio," London Yodeller, Oct. 8, 2015
 

2014
Andrew Gunn. "On The Landscape," Canadian Interviews, Jul. 11, 2014
Nura Ali. "Feature: ERIK OLSON," Freq Magazine, Dec. 1, 2014
 

2013
Michael Arnold. "Interview With a Painter: Erik Olson," The Fox is Black, Sep. 19, 2013
Caitlin Best. "Notable Artist Profile: Erik Olson," Notable, Oct. 11, 2013
Elke. "A Talk With Erik Olson," Sir Magazine, Aug. 31, 2013
Cover, Slice Magazine, Sep. 6, 2013
"Slices of Moving Art: 'New Portraits' by Erik Olson," Trendvisions.Lancia.it, Nov. 29, 2013
 

2012
Cover, Opcion Magazine, Nov. 2012
Maureen Latta. "Collector Picks: Erik Olson - Douglas Udell Gallery," Galleries West, Nov. 27, 2012
"Corpore Sano," LOLA Magazine, Oct. 2012
"Erik Olson," ooo JWRNL, Sep. 2012
"BP Portrait Award: in pictures," The Telegraph, 2012
 

2011
Jeffrey Spalding. Calgary Collects, The Art Gallery of Calgary: Calgary, Sep. 2011
Jason Altobelli. "Painting a new Era: The artwork of Min Hyung, Wil Murray, and Erik Olson," Sep. 24, 2011
 

2010
Katie Addleman. "The Experimentalist: Wanderlust: Painter Erik Olson Colours his World," ELLE Canada, 2010
 

2008
Anthea Black. "How a ramshackle shack became IDEAL Artspace: Erik Olson and Erica Brisson reflect on a year of art at IDEAL," Fast Forward Weekly, Aug. 14, 2008