Erin Finley 
All Hail

AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 27, 2016

Saving My Jack Russell, 2015
ink drawing on paper , 14" x 11"

The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present as part of their summer rental exhibitions, All Hail by artist Erin Finley.

Erin Finley is a visual artist who taught at the Schulich School of Engineering while obtaining an MFA at the University of Calgary. Her thesis work, a series of punk paintings, was exhibited at CBGB before its closure in 2006. Since then, she has held solo exhibitions at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo); Paul Petro (Toronto); Loop Gallery (Toronto); Line Gallery (North Bay); and Queen's University Union Gallery (Kingston). Her drawings and paintings have also been exhibited at Allegheny College (Pennsylvania); Kohler Arts Center (Wisconsin); La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts (Burgundy, FR); École Polytechnique (Paris, FR); and Femina Potens (San Francisco). In 2012, she collaborated with Heather Saunders to produce Opera Yoko, a performance at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxille, New York. Currently, Finley lives in Toronto and teaches drawing at OCAD University. 

The works in this exhibition feature outlandish, imaginary narratives. While the provenance of the line-work is the lithography of Honoré Daumier, any sense of Victorian restraint is more than offset by the use of kamikaze subject matter and a measure of hyperbole normally reserved for Looney Tunes celluloid. To produce these drawings and paintings, the artist received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Below, the artist offers an official message of thanks to these agencies. 

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. 

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.