Such Stuff as Dreams

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Such Stuff As Dreams
Paintings by E. Andrea Klann

October 16 – November 4, 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 16, 6–8 p.m.

Meet the Artist: Saturday, October 27, 2–3 p.m.

E. Andrea Klann is a visual artist, illustrator, writer, instructor and creative thinker. She has an extensive history of public exhibitions and her paintings in oil are represented in Vancouver by Kurbatoff Gallery and held in private collections in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. She also teaches at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and independent Cultivating Creativity workshops.

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Exhibiting Artist Interview: E. Andrea Klann

1. What ignites your creative process?

"An artistic challenge. I recently completed a large portrait commission of a family of five, it was based almost solely on one black and white photo thus I invented all of the colour information (clothing, skin tones, hair and even the family dog) as the photograph was taken many years ago.  It was a very challenging yet satisfying experience.

I am a very sensitive and strongly visual thinker. Often images for paintings appear in my mind in full colour and I paint them based on that imagery."

2. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

"Time with family and friends is very important. Also, I began leading arts integrated pen and ink workshops in school districts ten years ago and developed my Cultivating Creativity workshops soon after. I also lead the Junior Art Intensive program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design each summer term. It’s very important for me to be with people, share knowledge and I learn so much from students."

3. Describe a defining moment in your life. 

"My mother passed away unexpectedly when I was 23. What helped me to cope with this enormous loss was painting: I invented figures in oil on canvas using brush and fingers (I wouldn’t recommend the latter). My art and creativity have always paved a path for me through life’s darkest times and her early passing motivated me to live each day fully. "

4. One hope for the future: that people continue to create and explore using non-digital tools. 

"The computer is an incredible tool but it’s an intermediary: nothing compares to traditional art materials to inspire creativity."

5. Do you have a bumper sticker sentence or mantra that you live by? 

"I continually challenge myself in my work and life. I rarely take the easy or predictable road, which can be exhausting but it means I’m always learning and inspired and satisfying my curiosity."

6. What is the value of creativity in your life, in society?

"I see creativity as essential to humanity; an authentic means of expressing the self, it inspires empathy and is a conduit to the soul. It is the basis of all ideas in both art and science and distinguishes humans as intellectually heterogeneous rather than homogenous beings.

Our creativity makes us each uniquely human." 

7. If you could meet any artist alive or dead, who would this artist be, and what would you ask them?

"Antonio Mancini – I’d love to have observed him in his studio and seen his use of his self-styled graticola (painting grid)."

8. Have you had a person that has influenced your work or an important mentor in your life?

"Ms. Julia Vernon, my art teacher at Hamilton Jr. High School in North Vancouver, often told me to go to London and do my art. I finally took her advice 20 years later and lived there for four years." 

9. What was your earliest encounter with art? Describe your favourite early memory with art.

"As a three-year-old in preschool I was given a smock, paintbrush, paints, stand up easel and paper. That first painting experience was transforming (I still have that painting). The second memory is a grade three field trip to Vancouver Art Gallery where I viewed Emily Carr works and was amazed that people made art and hung it in a gallery." 

10. What is your idea of success as an artist?

"There is a quote by Christopher Morley that I admire, “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” After 12 years of intensively painting in my studio I’ve reached a point of satisfaction with my skill level, although I continue to grow my skills and develop my way of seeing as this is a life-long process. One’s definition of success as an artist is a self-determined convention."

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