Tense paintings by Erin Armstrong that explore how we feel about 'irreversible' climate change

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In her latest body of work, Erin Armstrong takes a closer look at our relationship with the environment, delving deeper into our memories and experiences of the world as we approach the "imminent onset of irreversible climate change".

Hidden beneath the bright colours and modern articulation of the Canadian artist's signature style is the tension of people lounging across vibrant landscapes with an air of disinterest. Their neutral expressions contrast with their lively surroundings. Bright backgrounds encroach on subjects, pressing them towards us, the viewer, while the plants in the foreground trap them within the composition. In Armstrong's words, "The figures are oblivious to the fact that it may be the last time this landscape is there to enjoy."

Her distinct use of colour and rhythmic patterns form the basis of her emotional artworks in which figures represent the human condition. You can see her new work at a solo show opening this Thursday in Seattle at Foster/White Gallery.

A contemporary figurative artist working and living in Toronto, Armstrong has exhibited throughout Canada and the US as well as the UK, Australia, and much of Europe. She has also created work for clients such as Nike, Anthropologie and Saatchi. Discover more at erinarmstrongart.com or follow Erin on Instagram.

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