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BIO

Carolyn Laidley Arn studied interior design at the University of Manitoba and moved to Toronto upon graduating. She has worked in the fields of interior design and construction and is currently a commercial real estate professional.  She recently began making art and actively exhibiting in galleries, juried shows and summer art fairs. Her diverse career and day-to-day life in the financial core provide her with a unique perspective that influences the subject matter of her mixed media paintings.  She has been exploring cityscapes, abstracts and collage using energetic colours, bold mark making and intensive layering. Laidley Arn is on the Board of Directors for Artists' Network and a member of Don Valley Art Club, CARFAC 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