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BIO

Carolyn Laidley Arn is an emerging artist, educated in interior design and working in commercial real estate. Her paintings and mixed media work focus on the built environment in dense urban centres. She strives to uncover the energy, character, conflicts, strengths and vulnerabilities in the built world using colour, composition, texture and layers of lino cuts and stencils. The range of media, layers and colours suggest the complexity in buildings, businesses and the people that occupy them.  The latest collection further explores the urban environment through graffiti, expression, text and the simplicity of mark making.. Laidley Arn is on the Board of Directors for Artists' Network and a member of Don Valley Art Club, CARFAC, Federation of Canadian Artists and Artists Advantage.

ARTISTS’ STATEMENT

Through my artwork I endeavor to express the busy and fast paced energy of urban life from the unique perspective of a real estate professional. My paintings convey cityscapes that are both recognizable and abstract. My work suggests the tangled and hectic network of communication endlessly passing through downtown high rise buildings by layering media and processes. This includes layers of linoblock prints, spray paint, collage, mark making, burning, sanding and gouging. Through this, I strive to portray the untold stories of the inhabitants that pile one on top of another in the abundant, crowded and pulsating city life.        

EXHIBITIONS

2018   Queen West ArtCrawl, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto

     Bayview Art Tour, Leaside, Toronto

     ArtWalk in the Square, Shoppes of Don Mills, Toronto

     Riverdale ArtWalk, Jimmy Simpson Park, Toronto

     Freedom Factory - VAM Exhibition, The Brickworks, Toronto

     Don Valley Art Club - Fall Show, Todmorden Mills, Toronto

     Volunteer Show, Artists’ Network Gallery, Toronto

     Spring Show, ArteMbassy Gallery, Toronto

     The Liveness in Me Show, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto

     Group Show, Artusiasm Gallery, Toronto

     Small Art Big Hearts fundraiser, Waddingtons , Toronto

     Art for Cancer fundraiser, Square Gallery, Toronto

     Langton Salon, Toronto

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Artists’ Network (Board of Directors)

Don Valley Art Club

CARFAC

Artists Advantage