Erika Toliusis

“My will to paint comes from the innate urgency to capture the moment, the light, and maybe a subtle sense of divine wisdom.”   -   Erika Toliusis

Arden Gallery   -   Erika Toliusis, "Tribute to the Wind," 2022, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, $14,100

Click images to enlarge

Erika Toliusis, "Tribute to the Wind," 2022, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, $14,100

“It always impresses me how a simple stroke of paint can emulate so well the deeply complex structures of nature. The palette knife helps me with this expressionistic approach, and purity of color that I intend to share.”   -   Erika Toliusis

Erika Toliusis and MaxSteven Grossman at Arden Gallery

Erika Toliusis, "Tribute the Wind," 2022, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches 
MaxSteven Grossman, "Rock WJ"  
metallic photograph print on acrylic mount, available in 37 x 75"

sold works 

Arden Gallery  -   Erika Toliusis, "Self Discovery," 2021, oil on canvas, 39 x 60 inches - SOLD

Click images to enlarge

Erika Toliusis, "Self Discovery," 2021, oil on canvas, 39 x 60 inches - SOLD

“I am drawn by the infinite shades of light, but also certain aromas, shapes, and sounds, while searching for those moments that comfort me and provide true inspiration.”   -   Erika Toliusis

Arden Gallery   -   Erika Toliusis, "In and Out," 2020, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 inches - SOLD

Erika Toliusis, "In and Out," 2020, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 inches - SOLD

e-Whispers of the Sea - 30 x 48 - 2021.jpg

Erika Toliusis, "Whispers of the Sea," 2021, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches - SOLD

“There is no beginning and no end, just the vast horizon that gives us the freedom to just be, an opportunity to integrate ourselves with the purest life form.”   -   Erika Toliusis

Arden Gallery   -   Erika Toliusis, "A Message," 2020, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 inches - SOLD

Click images to enlarge

Erika Toliusis, "A Message," 2020, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 inches - SOLD

“There are no guidelines other than the constant search for the delicate and fragile truth that palpitates behind everything that conforms the landscape."   -   Erika Toliusis

Arden Gallery   -  Erika Toliusis, "Be Where You Are," 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches - SOLD

Erika Toliusis, "Be Where You Are," 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches - SOLD

Arden Gallery   -   Erika Toliusis, "Blue Days," 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches - SOLD

Erika Toliusis, "Blue Days," 2021, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches - SOLD

e-Join Me - 40 x 40 - 2020.jpg

Erika Toliusis, "Join Me," 2020, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches - SOLD

Click images to enlarge

“Through the landscape we all become one, it unites all living things."   -   Erika Toliusis

Arden Gallery   -   Erika Toliusis, "Mensaje del Mar," 2020, oil on canvas, 39 x 47 inches - SOLD

Erika Toliusis, "Mensaje del Mar," 2020, oil on canvas, 39 x 47 inches - SOLD

ARTIST STATEMENT

Erika Toliusis at Arden Gallery

The Ocean and Me

 

“There are some of us who seek a deeper connection with nature, particularly when standing by the ocean.

 

It possesses a life of its own, with strength and beauty beyond comprehension, it has the power to heal the deepest wounds. It untangles all the knots in our minds and evaporates every bit of stress out of our system. The ocean has power great enough to let the feeling of joy grow and thrive in every cell of our bodies.

 

The sounds and movements of the ocean draw me towards it, I become almost hypnotized by the its reflections spattered in all directions, feeling the urge to just let go…

 

For many years I have been painting the ocean, with all its different aspects, faces and moods. Travelling extensively has allowed me to appreciate many different shorelines. The more I see, the more I bring back into my studio, as images and memories of those moments that become etched into my soul and I carry forever. By focusing mainly on colour and shape, together with texture I intend to materialize my emotions into my work.

 

I take the ocean’s story with me, and then I share it with the world, as art delivering a message and reminder of our responsibility for caring and protecting it.”  –  Erika Toliusis

When Erika Toliusis paints, every application is deliberate and precise. As she sculpts her way across the surface of the canvas using only a palette knife, the pictures created are stunning examples of hyperrealism. She retains, however, the spirit of an impressionist; her output occurs in series, devoting specific attention to a landscape feature, examining its visual phenomena and manipulating colour and tone to develop a range of atmospheric effects.

The subject of waves is well suited to repetition in this sequence of works. Crashing in endless succession, ocean waves are a zen motif analogous to thoughts appearing and disappearing in the mind, or the rise and fall of the breath. Carving out the waves with sensuous precision, Toliusis establishes her own rhythm in concert with the pulsating tide of our planet inhaling and exhaling. This focus delves into a form of meditative abstraction – the same section of ocean forever producing an infinite number of images. In this sense, Toliusis consecrates a moment of time with each work, finding aesthetic significance in the arbitrary patterns invented by the peaks and rolls of the water.    -   Thibault Bannett

© 2022 by Arden Gallery Ltd.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
129 Newbury Street 
Boston, MA 02116, USA

main: 617-247-0610
mobile: 617-646-9186

ardengallery@gmail.com

Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 - 6:00 
Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00
Monday by appointment