Get to know Lori Harrison.
The recipient of the Gladstone House Award.
Tatum here—I recently started at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair as Marketing & Communications Lead. I’m looking forward to connecting with more of you as we lead up to the Fair!
It’s cold in Toronto! We’re daydreaming about the Fair in July and the warm weather it promises. The next best thing would be to be cozied up in Toronto’s favourite art-centric hotel for a staycation. The Gladstone Hotel’s rooms and lobby are filled with art from local artists—making it the perfect destination for art lovers.
At last year’s Fair, The Gladstone Hotel awarded an artist the Gladstone House Award. The recipient received the opportunity to showcase their artworks at Gladstone House for one year with a $1,000 artist fee. The 2023 winner was Lori Harrison.
Check out Lori’s work at the Gladstone House and their feature exhibitions for DesignTO this month.
Marketing & Communications Lead
Gladstone House Award—Congratulations to Lori Harrison
“Lori Harrison’s use of organic and geometric shapes suggests the relationship and tension between the natural and built environments. Her paintings cross disciplines into sculptural and textile work, as she uses the canvas not only as a substrate but also as a material itself, stitching panels together. These details emerge upon closer examination—a reward for deeper looking.”
—Lee Petrie, Judge, Curator for Gladstone House
An interview with Lori Harrison
How long have you been showing your work at TOAF
I started showing my work in 2018.
Tell us about your experience at TOAF and what the award means to you and your career.
This most recent show at TOAF was the most successful in the 5 years I have been exhibiting my work through various venues. Winning the award has been a career highlight so far. It’s my first, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Is there something unexpected about your process you’d like to share?
Most people don’t realize at first that I am actually sewing fabric together in the linen series work. In a photograph, it’s hard to tell.
What have you been reading lately?
I’m reading an excellent book called “Ways of Being, Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence”