Carylann Loeppky is a Vancouver-based contemporary painter who has gained a critical and cult following for her striking portraits and figurative work.

Loeppky began her creative career in the fashion industry styling the underground club and independent music scene. Later, her innovative graphic design aesthetic landed her a job doing album art for an influential Vancouver music label.

In her current art practice, Loeppky creates eccentric, enchanting portraits + figurative work – mostly young females in elaborate outfits and ornamental features. They have a classical manner though tricked out in contemporary steampunk style. Inspired by 17th +18th century French court painters and the strange beauty of surrealism, Loeppky is keenly attentive to the mood and mystery in a suggestively struck pose. Her work has been described as “macabre fairytales” – dark, gorgeous, spellbound scenes of high-glam party-goers living on the edge of this new age of decadence. For Loeppky, her figures inhabit “a private realm of their own mystery – a fractured, dreamlike perception of space existing outside of time.”

Currently Exhibiting in London UK at SHOWstudio, Past exhibitions solo shows in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles, Carylann’s Loeppky’s work was also featured in a rare exhibition among the architectural splendours in Croatia’s historic 14th century Kastil Bancovic.

Loeppky works as a full-time artist from her studio – complete with a chandelier – in Vancouver’s gritty eastside warehouse district.

Artist Statement

The people in my portraits and figurative works are contemporaries though infused with the Romantic mysteries of an earlier age. They arise in me like apparitions before emerging on the canvas. I feel their spirit – some innate quality or trace of them – before I start to paint. They begin as color and emotion, heartache and hope. Music inspires me deeply. I sometimes feel a figure being drawn out of the murk by a stray line from a song.*

*It’s always interesting who appears when I listen to Antony and the Johnsons.

I never think of my figures as fully formed. Who among us is ever complete?
Nor do I think of them as isolated rather than self-contained. They inhabit a
private realm of their own mystery – a fractured, dreamlike perception of
space existing outside of time. In their rough individuality and the potency of
their allure, these figures gain a psychic power that is transfixing. They are
haunted and haunting, seducers and the seduced.

As a self-taught artist I found my own way to inspiration. The Old Masters
introduced an empathy to portraiture that weighs upon me. I’ve been
influenced by French figurative work of the 17th and 18th century, such as
Fragonard and Boucher, who focused on detail, ornamentation and a playful
erotic energy in their paintings. I’m most fascinated by the subversive
spirit that runs through Max Ernst, Francis Bacon and now Mark Ryden – artists and
provocateurs not afraid to challenge expectations. As Baudelaire wrote in the
19th century – “Strangeness is the indispensable condiment of all beauty.”
Each figure contains within them a secret that only close study can
puzzle out. There is often that sense in old portraits and early photographs –
when the representation of a person was very constricted, perhaps only one
image carrying their truth beyond them. An enchanted moment pregnant
with potential.


Bulgravia: London UK

BBAM Gallerie
Saint Jacque: Montreal

Gild & Co
Point Grey: Vancouver

Dr Vagari
The Drive: East Vancouver

Yeats Gallery
West Vancouver: Dundrave

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