Born in the heart of Vancouver, Carla Sumarlidson has enjoyed a diverse career as a professional artist and respected arts educator. Drawing from her early studies with mentor Gordon Smith, Sumarlidson uses iconic locations, expressive landscapes, personal experiences and metaphorical narratives to examine the raw truths and compelling beauty of the world around her. Her work feels raw and immediate and resonates with a strong emotional appeal. Sumarlidson is a street-smart social observer of her city and how its old myths, nostalgic allure and contemporary truths have shaped her own personal story. In her recent Graffiti series, Sumarlidson’s paintings have been critically and Internationally recognized and widely exhibited including in a juried exhibition during New York Art Week at Chelsea’s Caelum Gallery, selected as artwork for clothing by Le Galeriste in Montreal, as well as locally at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The initial painting in her celebrated Reality Bites – It’s My Life series, “The Bored Room”, was awarded Honorable Mention at a regional competition sponsored by the Burnaby Art Council and the full collection was selected by curator Pennylane Shen to be featured at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilder’s Pier. One of the key pieces in Sumarlidson’s current and ongoing Graffiti series was selected by the Burnaby Art Gallery to be included in its landmark exhibition called Luminescence. Several pieces from the Reality Bites series were exhibited in December 2016 in “The Satirical Pop of Colour” at the Burnaby Art Gallery. In July, 2019 she completed a residency in Reykjavik, Iceland where she interacted with artists from around the world, gave an artist talk about her work and participated in a group show at The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) downtown Reykjavik. Sumarlidson is also the recipient of both the Brizzenden Prize in Art Education and the Elmore Ozark Art Education Prize – each awarded via UBC – and has had a distinguished career dedicated to advancing knowledge and appreciation for the creative vitality in art.
Carla Sumarlidson lives with her husband in Vancouver, B.C. and works from her studio in downtown Vancouver.