Born in Tokyo, Japan, Eri Ishii moved to Canada to study psychology and pursue painting. Since then she has made Vancouver her home while studying and exhibiting widely across British Columbia. Using layers of oil paint, Ishii creates depth and atmospheric space in her painting. She then complicates her images by using geometric shapes or tangled lines combined with human figures. Ishii is driven by her interests in emotional experiences and the creative possibilities of painting. She strives for work that captivates viewers and stimulates their imagination. Art reviewer Bettina Matzhkun, described her work as “deftly captures a sense of uncertainty, even anxiety, though there’s nothing overtly threatening. She conjures fragility without a speck of sentimentality”.

Eri has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally including Halde Galerie in Switzerland, Taiwan National Art Education Museum in Taiwan and Canvas Gallery in Toronto. She has recently been interviewed by CBC North by Northwest, and her work has been featured in various publications including the Vancouver Sun, the Globe & Mail, and the Province.

Eri Ishii’s CV

Eri Ishii Picnic at Rose Garden

Picnic at Rose Garden  2021
Oil on canvas  48″ x 54″


Vancouver Spring 2021
Oil on canvas  48″ x 60″


Eri Ishii Vancouver

Vancouver  2021
Oil on canvas  32″ x 30″


Room with Paintings  2020
Oil on canvas  28″ x 36″


Eri Ishii Riverside

Riverside  2019
Oil on canvas  44″ x 44″


Stroll  2021
Oil on canvas  36″ x 30″


eri Ishii peonies in garden

Peonies in garden  2020
Oil on canvas  20″ x 16″


Petals on Water II  2020
Oil on panel  20″ x 16″


Eri Ishii Reflection VI 24x18 1000

Reflection VI  2018
Oil on canvas  24″ x 18″



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