Six Artists to Watch from Emily Carr University of Art + Design

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Partial is thrilled to announce the launch of the Emily Carr University of Art & Design Showcase. Featuring both current students and alumni of the university, the showcase brings together noteworthy artists working across a wide range of mediums. From painting, illustration, and photography, meet 6 artists on our radar from the showcase. 

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (abbreviated as ECU) is a public art university located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Discover the artwork of some of their noteworthy students and alumni here on Partial. ECU is currently ranked the Top University in Canada for Art and Design for the third year running, and Emily Carr remains the only Canadian university to rank among the top 50 worldwide. Named after the renowned Canadian artist and writer, Emily Carr University is a co-educational institution that operates four academic faculties, the Faculty of Culture + Community, the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, the Audian Faculty of Art, and the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Sunny Nestler

Sunny is a multidisciplinary artist and grateful guest on unceded Coast Salish territories belonging to the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. Sunny works in drawing, painting, book-making, performance, and more recently virtual and mixed reality. Sunny was a founding member of the Tempe Zine Fest (2010) and of Bike Saviours Bicycle Collective (2007.)  

Their past work includes collaborative animation, community-led arts programming, a recent municipal commission, and thirteen years of managing community bike shops. They sat on the board of UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness, and currently teach at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Sunny is represented by the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental and Sales program. 

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Jihu Kim

Jihu is a Korean artist based in Vancouver, BC. He graduated from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2022, and is beginning his career as an independent artist. He works with painting, drawing, photography, and video.

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Kaitlyn Roberts

Kaitlyn is an interdisciplinary artist absorbed in how art-making and art-viewing can create an empathetic relationship to the vulnerability and isolation surrounding mental illness. Through the use of photography, installation, and mixed media, her practice-based study conveys certain aspects of her autobiographic experiences. By inviting viewers into her memoirs, she aims to bring mindfulness and emotion into the white cube of the gallery space.

Kaitlyn is originally from Toronto ON where she achieved her Honours BA in Visual Arts from Brock University. She has shown work in juried shows around Canada including Niagara Artist Centre’s Fortune Favours, the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington’s The VAC 39th Annual Juried Show, Langley Art Gallery’s Memories, and Gallery 44’s Envision. She is currently living and working in BC’s Lower Mainland, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Today, she is the Fine Arts Curator for the Township of Langley, where she hopes to assist in raising the arts profile throughout Langley, BC.

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Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller is a white settler Canadian artist of Icelandic and British descent who works across the mediums of photography, video and installation. She has been an artist in residence at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Laughing Waters in Nillumbick Shire, Australia, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy, and the Association of Visual Artists (SIM), Iceland. She holds an MFA from the University of Ottawa and a BFA from Emily Carr University.

Recent exhibitions include Terra Incogknita at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, and Refugio at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. Her video work has been screened at Art on the Screens (Mississauga 2019) and Photophobia (Hamilton 2019). In 2022, Sarah collaborated with Julia Taffe, Aeriosa Dance Company and Keri Latimer on the vertical dance piece Habitats and Camouflage at the Tofino Tree Festival. She is currently showing work as part of the group exhibition Redesigning Paradise at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies with artists Mary Anne Barkhouse, Dianne Bos, and Penelope Stewart (2023).

Sarah’s work is in public and private collections including the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Walter Phillips Gallery, the Indie Photobook Library and Global Affairs Canada.

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Jordan Baraniecki

Jordan Baraniecki is an award-winning artist based in Saskatoon, Canada located on Treaty 6 Territory. His highly detailed, three-dimensional ink collages position the artwork between a telescopic and microscopic lens; situating the viewer with a relationship to scale. By using colour, texture and form as their own visual language, Jordan’s interest in the subconscious and psychological observations of the self, encourage the viewer to see what they see within the work. 

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Jill Huang

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Jill Huang graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2012 with a degree in Fine Arts, and a focus on painting, drawing, and silk screening. She also studied at Langara College for a 2 year intensive program, obtaining a Diploma of Fine Arts and a summer studying Art History abroad in Italy. 

Jill’s abstract paintings experiment with the relationships between colour theory, space and arrangement. What conversations are brought out with harmony/disharmony within the space and form? What brings the eye in ‘pleasantly’ and what draws someone in ‘non-pleasantly’ or draws them away and why? Within this language, Jill is interested in exploring and conveying memory and the influence it has on our identity and us as individuals. She plays with traditional ideals of beauty through investigation of colour, balance and reality, begging the viewer to confront their own notions of painting components. 

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