On our Walls: Beth Nicholson Crago FASHION + ART

Dark Places; Acrylic on Wood 30 x 60

Dark Places; Acrylic on Wood 30 x 60

This month Studio67 is excited to host an exhibition from Toronto-based artist Beth Nicholson Crago.

Beth has a background in fashion and design, which is obvious in her signature style with it’s dimensional layers and dramatic use of colour. The main themes in her work are colour, surface, texture and expression. The texture of fabrics both linear and organic, the relation of colours to one another, and the story that a garment can tell are the underpinnings of her creative process.

Her work is strikingly beautiful and we hope that you will join us next Thursday evening, February 9th from 7pm-10pm for her opening reception at Studio67.

Interview with the artist:

Tell me a little about yourself, where are you from, your background, that sort of thing.

Well, I was born and raised in Toronto but I spent twelve years living in New York and working in the fashion industry. My career was in fashion design, working with designers like Michael Kors, Derek Lam, and Thakoon. I currently live and work in Toronto as a painter, stylist and brand consultant for Opelle luxury leather handbags.

Can you tell me about how you first came to visual art. Did you study formally anywhere? How long have you been a practicing artist?

I haven’t done any formal study of fine arts but I took a class with an incredible artist and teacher, Stephen Ibbott, at the Annex Arts Centre. It just ignited this spark inside of me that took on a life of its own and I felt that need to paint. It was right after I had moved back to Toronto from NYC and I needed that creative outlet. Having worked in fashion for so many years, and specifically my work with textiles, it seemed a natural progression for me to explore my creativity through painting.

Were you always a painter or do you work in other mediums as well? Why has painting become your main medium of expression?

Being a relatively new artist, I have exclusively only explored painting as my medium. Although I would say my work in fashion design and styling is in itself another another medium for my art.

What inspires you?

I have a healthy obsession with fashion, always have. How each of us decides to express ourselves each day using our wardrobe is fascinating to me. That’s is the main theme of my work. I am highly influenced by the colours, layers, and dimensions I find in fashion. The texture of fabrics, the relationship of colours to one another, and the story that a garment can tell are the underpinnings of my creative process.

What piece of work do you love the most and why?

I have a soft spot for my piece "Derek"  it was really a "breakthrough" moment for me. It was the first time I experimented with the grid and that discovery has informed almost everything I have done since.

Derek

Derek

Please join us as we welcome Beth and her stunning exhibition to Studio67 next Thursday, February 9th from 8-10pm.

We hope to see you there,

~ Chanel