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Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Erin Rothstein

Erin Rothstein is a Canadian artist, born in Montreal, and living and working in Toronto. Her signature hyperrealist style of portraying edible subjects aims to foster a new appreciation of art in an immersive foodie culture. Rothstein holds a BFA from Concordia University, where she specialized in painting and drawing. She also holds an MA from The University of Western Ontario, where she studied the evolution of décor in modern art.

The Self-Portrait

“You’ll often find me cooking and eating, all the while engrossed in a total culinary experience of smells, tastes and aesthetics. The foods I paint are universally relatable. They trigger people’s emotions on a very primal level, making them happy, hungry, excited and nostalgic,” she says. 

What are the top 3 songs on your current playlist?
Paul McCartney Ram On
Ben Harper Steal my Kisses
Norah Jones The Nearness of You

How would you describe the mood in your studio?
My studio is a creative haven. Despite being filled with canvases and paint, I somehow manage to keep the space very clean, white and organized. 

What is your favourite comfort food?
Kraft Dinner

Who has had the biggest influence on your work?
My husband. He is always coming up with interesting suggestions, and loves exploring Toronto’s “foodscape” with me. 

Favourite city? 
Seville, Spain

Favourite gallery?
Centre Pompidou

Three colours do you paint with that you couldn’t live without?
Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Red Oxide, Mars Black, Titanium white... the list goes on. 

What book is currently on your nightstand?
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Biggest pet peeve?
Overcooked steak

Favourite word?


Hyperrealism is a genre of painting born out of Photorealism, which emerged in the 1960s America by artists using photographs as a reference. As an evolution of Pop Art and a counter to Abstract Impressionism, Photorealism sought to convey real life with minute finesse. Technological and photographic advancements have since allowed for a refinement of the hyper realistic technique, improving the level of definition and sharpness of paintings. 

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