Emily Filler

BIOGRAPHY

Emily Filler

Canadian, b. 1982, Ottowa

Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Education

Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), 2005. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

About

Canadian artist Emily Filler weaves painting, printmaking and photography together in her ‘painterly collages’. Using old photographs, pieces of fabric, and silk-screened images to create imaginary landscapes and whimsical bouquets of flowers, Filler’s artwork walks the line between the real and imaginary. Flowers act as a departure point to a world that dissolves into abstraction, whereby creating a sense of the familiar, but also the feeling that one is falling into a dream. What began as fragments are finalized into a complete image; something whole.

Filler’s newest work brings together panels of color, meticulous patterns and floral elements. Dense mark-making contrasts with airy clouds of transparent color and screen-printed florals. As these processes and elements interlace, they create a hybrid between representation and abstraction, the natural and supernatural. Filler’s personal connection to flowers is also at play, as many of the silk-screened images are taken from photographs of blooms and other plant life from her father’s garden, the same garden in which she spent time as a child.

As with all her work, Emily Filler brings these elements together to communicate a sense of joy. Not wishing to present the viewer with a realistic interpretation of the flower, but rather to convey the beauty and the impressions which they leave behind in our memories.

Filler's work has been exhibited across North America and can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Garden Party, May 12 - June 23, 2018 - Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB

Recent Mixed Media Paintings, December 18 - January 28, 2018 - Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Botanica, July 6 - August 1, 2017 - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, NY

Florilegium, February 1-25, 2017 - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

Flowers From 'A', April 2 - May 5, 2015 - Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

Fresh Blooms, March 5 - March 25, 2015 - Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON

Let Every Flower Bloom, April 2013 – Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Into The Garden, May 4 – May 21, 2012 - Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

A Scattering of Blossoms, May 20 – June 6, 2011 - Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Garden Dream, May 21 – June 9, 2010 - Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

The Garden That you Planted Remains, April 25 – May 6, 2009 – Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Selected Group Exhibitions & Art Fairs

Art Market San Francisco, April 25-28, 2019, Kahn Gallery

Scope New York, March 7-10, 2019, Kahn Gallery

Art Palm Springs, Feb 13-17, 2019, Kahn Gallery

Sofa Chicago, October 31-Nov 3, 2019, Kahn Gallery

Market Art + Design Hamptons, July 5-8, 2018, Kahn Gallery

Context New York, May 3-6, 2018, Kahn Gallery

Deck The Walls - group show, Nov 30 - Jan 13, 2018, Newzones Gallery

Holiday Hoopla - group show, Dec 7 - Jan 30, 2018, Sopa Fine Arts

Art Toronto, October 27-30, 2017, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Sunscreen - Summer group show, July 8 - August 26, 2017, Newzones Gallery

Art Market Hamptons, July 6-9, 2017, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Art Market San Francisco, April 26-29, 2017, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Art On Paper New York , March 2-5, 2017, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Art Palm Springs, February 16-19, 2017, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Miami Project, December 1-4, 2016, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Art Toronto, October 28-31, 2016, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

The Seattle Art Fair, August 4-7, 2016, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Art On Paper New York , March 3-6, 2016, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

SCOPE Miami Beach, December 1-6, 2015, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Miami Project, December 1-6, 2015, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Art Toronto, October 23 - October 26, 2015, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

The Seattle Art Fair, July 30 - August 2, 2015, Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

Contemporary Art at Large, June 1 - August 7, 2015 - First Canadian Place Gallery (with Muse Gallery), Toronto, ON

Wrapped in Colour - 10th Anniversary Exhibition, 
December 4 - January 30, 2014/15, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

Lines of Contradiction, April 3 – April 29, 2014, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

U8 – 8th Annual Group Show, April 4 – April 14, 2013, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

Newfangled – Group Show, December 2012, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB

Fresh Faces – Newzones, July 7 – Aug 25, 2012, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB

U8 – 7th Annual Group Show, April 5 – April 15, 2012, Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

Terence Robert Gallery – Summer Group Show, July 2011-Aug 2011 – Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Toronto International Art Fair, October 28 – 31, 2010 – Toronto ON (with Galerie St-Dizier)

Galerie Saint-Dizier – 15 Year Anniversary Show, October 2010, Montreal QC

Galerie Saint-Dizier - Holiday Show, December 2009, Galerie Saint-Dizier, Montreal, QC

Galerie L’Harmattan - New Works, June 2009-July 2009, Galerie L’Harmattan, Baie St-Paul, QC

Square Foot 2009, August 12 - September 6, 2009, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON

Group Show – 7: Sweet Art Gallery, Nov 1 – Dec 28, 2008, Sweet Art Gallery, The Distillery District, Toronto, ON

Terence Robert Gallery (half gallery show) – Emily Filler New Works, April 2008 – Terence Robert Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 2008, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

Square Foot 2008, August 8 - September 3, 2008, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON

Parts Gallery - Holiday Show, November 29 – December 23, 2007, Parts Gallery, Toronto, ON

New York Art Expo, March 2007, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

Artscape Open Studio – 96 Spadina, December 2007, The Darling Building, Toronto, ON

Square Foot 2007, August 10 - September 2, 2007, AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, July 2007, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

Artscape Open Studio – 96 Spadina, December 2006, The Darling Building, Toronto, ON

Interior Design Show (Canvas Gallery), February 2006, National Trade Centre, Toronto, ON

BFA On View, May-June 2005, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Languages of Life Art Exhibition, May 2005, Nepean Pointe-Centre, Ottawa, ON

Art! Art! Revolution!, April 2005, Ontario Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Hello My Name is Art, 22 March 2005, Tango, Kingston ON

Exposure, March 2005, JDUC, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Building Formation (three-person show), 12 October- 4 November 2004, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

64 Square Feet, March 2003, JDUC, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Cezanne’s Closet 2003, February 2003, Biosciences Complex, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

EL1061, April 2002, Union Gallery, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON


Selected Press

Luc Rinaldi, "Back to the Old School", The Grid, December 5 - 11, 2013

Deanna Spagnuolo, "Thursday Q&A with Angie Russell", Ottawa Citizen Style, May 31, 2012

Anne Marie Males,  “Major Renovations”, The Toronto Star, January 28, 2010

Bruce Deachman, “Mother’s legacy in Woman’s Art”, Ottawa Citizen, April 18, 2009

Canadian House & Home Magazine, May 2008 Issue

Sarah Richardson, “A Wish List Designed for a Holiday Home”, Globe and Mail, December 14, 2007

Cara Smusiak, “Artistic Success is in the Cards”, Queen’s Alumni Review, Issue 2, 2007

Amy Tokic, “Art Smart: Home is Where the Art Is”, Home and Décor, December, 2006

Nathalie Atkinson, “Retail Therapy: Registry Renewal”, National Post, June 17, 2006