Artist member since 2020
Ariel Shea is a visual artist living in Montreal, Quebec. Born in 1994 in Ontario, she moved to Montreal in 2014 and began pursuing art. Ariel is a self-taught painter, using oil paint on canvas, raw silk, and linen. Practicing for seven years, she has dedicated much of that time to define her style. It can be described as a bold, abstract expressionist evocation of landscapes, natural forms, and the nude figure. Ariel continues to experiment with techniques and styles to find her voice. She has shown extensively across Montreal, in galleries such as Erga, Centerfold, and Yellow Fish Gallery. Ariel has also taken part in several “pop up” gallery shows within the city. She participated in her first international show, “Canadian(in)Vision - Short and Loud” which took place in Naples, Italy, January of 2019, and showed work during Nuit Blanche Montreal 2019. She is the co-curator/founder of Girls in the Garage. It is a multi-disciplinary art platform that highlights emerging womxn artists living in Montreal, curating art shows bi-annually across the city with a roster of artists and musicians. Recently, Ariel has shown work online and has participated in charity auctions in lieu of gallery shows as a result of Covid-19. Ariel is currently painting in her home studio and working on a new body of work that incorporates her current style of abstracted landscapes – while challenging the ideas of expressionism.
My favorite medium is definitely oil on canvas. I love the texture and the sensation of the brush to canvas. It is also a very traditional medium, and I like the idea of subverting traditional mediums with a more contemporary lense.
During my breaks, I tend to ...
After a few hours of painting I love to take a little break and maybe make some food, or some tea. Because I paint at home, I will typically make some lunch and hang out with my boyfriend and chat about what we are working on. I also enjoy taking walks around the neighbourhood for inspiration or a palette cleanse.
How long have you been creating art?
I've been making art since I was a child. We loved crafts, and I was always painting with my watercolor sets. My dad always encouraged me to pursue art, so that's what I did! I continued making art throughout high school and decided to move to Montreal to take my painting seriously. I taught myself how to paint and established myself here in Montreal as a painter.
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