E. Andrea Klann is a visual artist and illustrator, writer and instructor.
As a painter she is intrigued with narrative and the fusion of realism with the oddly imagined. Her paintings in oil explore themes of identity, memory and self; her work is charged by a passion to express emotion through invented figures who inhabit painterly worlds. Whether real or imagined, she strives to create paintings that evoke an emotional response, often confronting the viewer. To enhance this response her figures often inhabit a flat, theatrical perspective much like the stage. Her paintings weave a sense of mystery and oddness that she attributes to a quote by H.W. Beecher, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Andrea’s work is represented in Vancouver by Kurbatoff Gallery and held in private and public collections in Canada, US, UK and Australia. A 2018 solo exhibition Such Stuff as Dreams will also be held 16th October - 4th November, at West Vancouver’s Ferry Building Gallery.
She writes and illustrates nonfiction and essay and has worked for publishers such as The National Post, The Economist Intelligence Unit and The Guardian UK and Observer UK. She wrote, illustrated and published one of the world's first online travel guides, 'Rediguana Reveals Vancouver: Living like a Local' - an irreverent look at Vancouver through a local lens.
A faculty member of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, teaching Drawing and Painting, she also leads independent workshops in 'Cultivating Creativity' through art exploration with adults, youth and educators in Canada / US.
Her studio is located eighteen nautical miles from Vancouver, in a 1920 bungalow she and her partner barged to an island. When not making art, writing or Cultivating Creativity, Andrea can be found elsewhere - exploration is inspiration so she travels often.