Erin Rothstein

Canadian painter Erin Rothstein was born in Montreal, and later moved to Toronto. In her latest series, “The Tasting Room,” Rothstein uses her signature hyperrealist style to portray edible subjects on minimalist backgrounds.

“I paint food because I love everything that has to do with food-culture,” Rothstein explains. “You’ll often find me cooking and eating, all the while engrossed in a total culinary experience of smells, tastes, and aesthetics. The foods I paint are universally relatable. They trigger people’s emotions on a very primal level, making them happy, hungry, excited, and nostalgic.”

She has been carving out a new space for hyperrealism within the context of today’s art market. Her work combines academic techniques with innovative subjects and compositions, in order to showcase hyperrealism with a whimsical and fresh-faced style. Rothstein brings art and food closer together, fostering a new appreciation of art in an immersive foodie-culture.

The artist holds a BFA from Concordia University where she specialized in painting and drawing. She also holds an MA from The University of Western Ontario, where she studied in detail the evolution of décor in modern art. “The Tasting Room” Series has received a Scotiabank Viewer’s Choice Award, as well as support from the Ontario Arts Council. This series has also received recognition in The Huffington Post, The National Post, Architectural Digest and Toronto Life.