Erica Beyea

Erica Beyea grew up in Riverview, NB. She moved to Toronto in 2001 to study at OCAD and completed her BFA as NSCAD in 2006. After graduation she returned to Toronto where she lived until 2017, when she moved to Granada, Spain.

In 2014, she founded Girls’ Art League, a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of women, girls and trans people through visual arts. She has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, and has shown her work across Canada and southern Spain. 

Enamoured with the qualities of oil paint, her work celebrates the medium, its pigment, light, tacticity and the limitless possibilities it holds. 

“My work is largely concerned with place, memory and light. The subject matter varies from landscape, cityscapes, portraiture and still life - all incorporating a quiet sense of narrative. Using personal photographs as a jumping off point, each painting goes its own way from there. Oscillating between representation and abstraction, I try to saturate each painting with the emotion and internal experience of the moment the photo was taken in. 

Having lived away from where I grew up most of my life, I’ve always held a split sense of what ‘home’ is. Comparing and contrasting reality from experience, one place from another, and what I am carrying inside from what I am experiencing outside. 

Presently, my work is divided into two threads: paintings from old photographs of exploring nature in Canada,  from the Niagara Escarpment to Fundy National Park, and paintings of my daily life in Spain. As I plan my relocation back to Canada, the first thread is connected to a sense of nostalgia, longing and excitement for my upcoming return, and the latter is looking to document, to remember the small moments I experience each day here in Spain. I’m keenly interested in what stays with you when you move from place to place, the way a place can change you and how your internal world completely affects your external perception of it.”


Curriculum Vitae


Selected Exhibitions



April  2022 - Been Away, Galería Lavadero, Granada, Spain (solo)

December 2021 - Feria de Arte Santa Fé VI, Instituto América Santa Fé, Santa Fé, Granada, Spain 

October 2019 - Perro Luz, Galería Lavadero, Granada, Spain (solo) 

November 2017 – Recalling the Present,  Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON (solo)

June 2017 – The Subject Objects, Mercado Central de Asbestos (delegacion cultural de Rota), Rota, Cadiz, Spain (solo)

March 2017 – Oops! I forgot!” Fountain Gallery. Toronto ON

December 2016 –Girls’ Art League Annual Exhibit, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto ON

February 2016 – Intimate Immensities, duo show with Christine Dewancker, Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON

September 2015 – GAL PALS, part of Feminist Art Conference, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON

December 2014 – Girls’ Art League Annual Exhibit, OCAD U Student Gallery, Toronto ON

May 2014 - Water Falling, Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON (solo)

September 2013 - Momento Mori, Project Gallery, Toronto ON

September 2012 - Recent Works, Barberella, Toronto ON (solo)

March 2009 -JK LOL, Studio Nine Gallery, Toronto ON

June 2008-  Earthroots, Hot Shot Gallery, Toronto ON

January 2008 – Fountain Group Art, Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON

October 2007 – Our Favourite Games, My Hero Gallery, Montreal QC

June 2007 – Nouveau Artistes, Mckenzie Art Gallery, Moncton NB

May 2005 – A Choice Made, Anna Leonowens Gallery (solo)

February 2005 – G Studios, AND Gallery, Halifax NS

December 2004 – What’s in a Story, Khyber Artist Run Centre, Ballroom Gallery, Halifax NS

October, 2019,  Perro Luz, Galeria Lavedero, Granada, Spain
November 2018, +5, Espacio Pinea, Rota, Cadiz, Spain
December 2017, Paintings from Spain, solo exhibit,  Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON
June 2017, The Subject Objects, Pinea Linea de Costa, solo exhibit, Rota, Cadiz, Spain 
March 2017, Oops! I forgot!, Fountain Gallery. Toronto ON
December 2016, Girls’ Art League Annual Exhibit, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto ON
February 2016, Intimate Immensities, duo show, Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON
September 2015, GAL PALS, part of Feminist Art Conference, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto ON
December 2014, Girls’ Art League Annual Exhibit, OCAD U Student Gallery, Toronto ON
May 2014, Water Falling, solo exhibit, Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON
September 2013, Momento Mori, Project Gallery, Toronto ON
September 2012, Recent Works, solo exhibit, Barberella, Toronto ON
March 2009, JK LOL, Studio Nine Gallery, Toronto ON
June 2008, Earthroots, Hot Shot Gallery, Toronto ON
January 2008, Fountain Group Art, Fountain Gallery, Toronto ON
October 2007, Our Favourite Games, My Hero Gallery, Montreal QC
June 2007, Nouveau Artistes, Mckenzie Art Gallery, Moncton NB
May 2005, A Choice Made, solo exhibit, Anna Leonowens Gallery
February 2005, G Studios, AND Gallery, Halifax NS
December 2004, What’s in a Story, Khyber Artist Run Centre, Ballroom Gallery, Halifax NS

Education
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
2005 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honours

Related Work Experience
March 2014 to present, Founding Director, Girls' Art League, Toronto ON
February 2013, Production Assistance, music video for “Lilly” by Beliefs, Toronto, ON
May 2013, Production & Camera Assistance, music video for “Carousel” by Beliefs, Bundaberg, QL, Australia
April 2013 - Production & Camera Assistance, music video for “Bruises” by Dusted, Bundaberg, QL, Australia 

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