Elizabeth has exhibited her work in Canada, U.S.A.,and through Open Studios at Residencies in Spain and Ireland , since 2000.
Gloria Stein was born in 1953 in Toronto, Canada. After completing Secondary School, she attended the Ontario College of Art for two years in the Fine Arts program, moving on to York University where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education. She then taught Art at a Toronto High School for several years.
After taking off some time to care for her two small children, she returned to school and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Architecture. While she worked in residential architecture, she continued to explore her own artistic projects, eventually finding that her work had evolved into a synthesis of architecture and art – a most personally satisfying outcome.
In her most recent work, she is experimenting with large-scale oil drawings that are executed on tightly stretched transparent heavy-gauge vinyl. These panels create spaces through and around which the viewer can move. The structures and mechanisms that raise and lower the vinyl, and hold it in place, are an integral part of the work.
Ms. Stein’s work has been exhibited at the Toronto City Hall, the Hummingbird Centre, the Hamilton Art Gallery, the Gladstone Hotel (‘Glad to Be Here’), 224 Wallace Open Studio Shows and, most recently, at the ‘Making Room’ art event in Toronto.
– Glad to Be Here, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, 2004
– Celebrating Spirit, Victoria Spa, Toronto, 2004
– Fusion Fireworks 2005 Exhibition (Juried, 2 year traveling show)
– Women’s Art Association of Canada, Beecroft Fine Arts Show, Toronto, 2006
– Passages, Mad and Noisy Gallery, Creemore, Ontario 2007
– Purple Hills Studio tour, Glen Huron, Ontario, Juried show, 2007
– 1001 Pots Show, Val David, Quebec, juried show, July-August 2008
My art practice has always been closely tied to first the study and second the practice of medicine. Medical school was a fertile ground for the development of a conceptual framework which underpins my approach to disease. The works at the time were also closely connected to aboriginal practices with the use of natural objects and beadwork.
In the 1990s I moved to Toronto to further my studies in internal medicine and in infectious diseases. I joined an active studio in the Queen and Don Valley hub. Alumni of the Alberta College of Art and Design provided the necessary tutelage and supportive environment to foster a materials based practice. At this creative time I worked on the development of artistic principles through dyeing and painting with pulp. My interest in portraiture dates back to this time and work. The art practice became and remains a critical release point for an intense and challenging medical practice.
In 2006 with a chance encounter with Elizabeth Greisman, founding member of the Artist Collective of Canada, my practice became more collaborative. I now enjoy working on large scientifically oriented pieces. In part this work helps me to find comfort in difficult and life threatening regions if medicine.
After successfully completing four works for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, I am now working with a number of Artists and Scientists on a multipractice installation on “Endogenous Retroviruses – an evolutionary gold mine”.