Elizabeth Topham

Home: West Vancouver, British Columbia
Title: Self-portrait @ age 47
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 61 x 91 cm
Website: www.elizabethtopham.com

I was interested in exploring the notion of the painted self-portrait and its intriguing relationship of painter as subject, as well as my awareness within this construct. What am I actually ‘seeing’ or percieving as self? What choices am I making in the construction of the painting ie. composition, context, mood? In this self-portrait, I chose to crop the composition onto a larger canvas to eliminate context but not the awareness of it and attempt to focus on self, as a state of mind.

2013 Honourable Mention

2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
1991 Visual Arts Diploma, Emily Carr College of Art + Design, Vancouver
1990 Atlin Centre for the Arts, guest artists Al McWilliams + Irene F. Whittome

2012 Desire: The Magnificent Obsession, study # 31 2012, QE Theatre, Vancouver
2010 Desire: The Magnificent Obsession, (Juried) Ferry Building Gallery, W. Van

2013 Reflections, Buckland Southerst Gallery, West Vancouver
2013 Hungry Ghosts: Living in the Age of Consumerism, Ferry Building Gallery, W.V.
2012 100 Years \\ 100 Artists, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

1990 Tuition Scholarship, Atlin Centre for the Arts, Atlin, BC
1989 Carter-Begg Scholarship, Emily Carr College of Art + Design, Vancouver
1984 HM, Challenge ’84 Berol Prismacolor Art Scholarship, Queen’s University