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Artist Erskine-Kupsick, Shirley
Title Free to Challenge
Accession # 001.18.256
Object Type mixed media
Date 2001
Medium mixed media
Support canvas
Dimensions H-91 W-152 cm
Description Shirley Erskine-Kupsick describes her works in collage and paint as "expressionistic" with a varied range of theme and subject matter. She uses transparent inks to achieve an effect of a glasslike fragility. The materials used in her collage paintings range from ink-dyed Japanese rice paper, tempered glass, found objects, and acrylic paint. Free to Challenge is a collage and acrylic painting depicting a forceful and determined thrust. As an artist, Erskine attempts to approach themes of freedom and expression with a vision that glorifies the human spirit. Free to Challenge (2001) is a collage and acrylic painting. With a forceful thrust, Erskine shows the human will to face any challenge.

Biographical Information:

Shirley Erskine, in international artist, studied art at Sheridan College in Oakville and the University of Toronto. Erskine's extensive teaching and travel continues to inform her work. The artist describes her works in collage and paint as "expressionistic" with a varied range of theme and subject matter. She uses transparent inks to achieve an effect of a glasslike fragility. Erskine's paintings have been exhibited extensively, garnered many awards and she has been recognized as "Mississauga's Visual Artist of the Year 1997". Her paintings can be found across Canada, USA, England, Europe, Asia, United Arab Emirates and Australia and in many commercial permanent collections.