Erin Rothstein is a Canadian artist, born in Montreal and currently living and working in 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.”
Rothstein 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 as a whimsical and fresh-faced style. Rothstein brings art and food closer together, fostering a new appreciation of art in an immersive foodie-culture.
Erin Rothstein holds a BFA from Concordia University, where she specializes in painting and drawing. She also has a Master's degree from the University of Western Ontario, where she studied the development of decor in modern art in detail. The Tasting Room Series was awarded the Scotiabank Viewer's Choice Award and was supported by the Ontario Arts Council. This series has also received awards in The Huffington Post, The National Post, Architectural Digest and Toronto Life. Rothstein's work is found in major collections such as Google and The Colart Collection. Erin's interdisciplinary experience in the arts and her strong commitment to contemporary aesthetics combine to produce a work that is highly nuanced and refreshingly innovative.