Erin Armstrong (Toronto, Canada) is a self-taught figurative expressionist artist currently making her way up in today's tough art industry. At only 26, Armstrong has been successfully sharing the world through her eyes into her work and transporting viewers to their own world of interpretations. This is the beauty of art. Being able to evoke certain emotions that may (or may not, art is subjective after all) allow people to connect to your work.
I luckily stumbled upon Erin Armstrong's work a little over a year ago on instagram and she has easily become one of my favourite artists since then. I love watching artists in the beginning/middle of their career progress through time and especially in Erin Armstrong's case, find fully deserved success.
Her paintings contain an otherworldliness that manifest a sense of obscurity in her nebulous-like figures. Her expressionistic use of colours and balance between realism and idealism are essentially what make her work, in my opinion, masterpieces.
The above video gives you a glimpse into Erin Armstrong's process and inspiration behind her work, as well as her mindset towards sexist scrutiny that female artists face today. An important video to watch.
I love discovering artists with a different style to mine, especially with techniques that I find risky for me to experiment with. Risky in the sense that it's a little out of my comfort zone.
In my current body of work, you can tell that I tend to stick to the clean, strict and bold lines to contain my paintings in one way or another. However, Armstrong's daring and liberal movement of brushstrokes across the canvas are what define the loose figures she creates
Too much control with the brush can become a bit stressful and I aim to learn to let "loose" a bit with my techniques; essentially becoming more open with my options, which has been quite the challenge, but I'm working on it. It's important to be vulnerable with your art, I believe that's how you progress.
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All images courtesy of Erin Armstrong.