Angela Grossmann

while still a student at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1985, she was introduced as one of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s “Young Romantic” painters most likely to influence the course of painting in that decade.  She has devoted much of her career to examining themes of displacement and social margins through the use of collaged and transferred discarded materials.  In an early series titled Affaires d’Enfants (1987), she painted on the insides of suitcases abandoned by an agency in Paris that once sponsored summer camp holidays for orphans.  In 1991, she created (Sign)ifying the END of the (Second) 2nd World War using photographs of unknown European children found in second-hand shops.  In her recent work, she emphasizes coming-of-age themes.  Alpha Girls (2004), a forceful narrative series, resonated with the emotional world of young teen girls.  The Diane Farris Gallery has represented her in twelve solo shows and numerous group exhibits.  After earning an MFA at Concordia University and teaching at Ottawa University, she returned to Vancouver in 1996 to paint and to teach at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.  Her work has been exhibited widely across Canada, the United States, and Europe.