Local Artist | Lori Mirabelli | Art Toronto 

Canadian Abstract artist

Growing up, I never quite understood Abstract art.  It didn't make sense to me.  I truthfully was all about realism and making sure I captured everything I saw perfectly.  It was in my mid-thirties when I realized why realism captivated me so.  It all boiled down to control. 


I was a realism sketcher mostly; the precision forced me to stay within the lines. It had clear boundaries set out for me and for my viewers.  I found it to be a safe exploration into the art world.  Safety was something I relished and detested at the same time; a constant battle within me, which I still struggle with today. 

It was during one of my university classes that I discovered what modern art was all about.  I'm sure it's different for everyone.  I realized very quickly that becoming an acrylic artist and creating abstract acrylic paintings allowed me to not focus on what I saw, but how I felt and the energy that came with that.  For a short period of time, I got to let go of my need for control, took risks, and lost myself in the process.  It was forever changed in that moment.

Immediately after I graduated from University, I began pursuing as a Canadian abstract artist.  The first thing I did was continue to paint and improve my process and develop a style unique to me, but what I realized was art supplies are quite expensive. To solve that problem, I tried to find a place where I could list some of my modern art for sale.  I thought selling affordable art would increase my chances of finding people to buy original art. My only objective at this time was to be able to sell a few paintings so I could purchase more art supplies and keep creating acrylic paintings. Through my research I found a website called Etsy, which I'm sure most of you know by now, but back in 2008, Etsy was in its infancy stage.  There was only a handful of emerging artist that were selling their artwork.  I remember the day that I made the decision to list my first abstract art for sale; I felt so exposed and that the world was going judge me harshly. It was challenging process to press the button on my mouse to list that piece for sale, I was filled with self-doubt, I technically wasn't even an emerging local artist. I had begun to create modern art.  To my surprise, 2 weeks later an art buyer found me on Etsy and bought my first original abstract painting.  It sold to a women in Western Canada. It was at this moment where I thought OK this could possible; a career as a modern artist.  From that day on I put all my focus into pursuing a fine art career.                                                                             

I’m very grateful for the painting course, the Art Professor and the women who purchased my first painting on Etsy; they gave me the confidence and push I needed to believe I could move to Toronto and become an art and gallery represented artist. Now I have even set my sights higher; Art Toronto. 

Be sure to check out my Artist gallery here

Modern Art For Sale past Art Exhibitions

The Artist Project 2020 - Toronto

Rosedale Art Fair 2019 - Toronto

Riverdale Artwalk 2019 - Toronto

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2019 - Toronto

The Artist Project 2019 - Toronto

Studio Tour, November 2018 - Toronto

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2018 - Toronto

New Art Festival 2018, Central Park - Ottawa

Riverdale Artwalk 2018 - Toronto

Solo Show - Blue Crow Gallery 2018 - Toronto

The Artist Project 2018 - Toronto

One of a Kind Show 2017

Toronto Earls Court Gallery 2017 - Hamilton

Art in the Square 2017 - Toronto

Riverdale Artwalk -2017 - Toronto

Elaine Fleck Gallery 2017 - Toronto

The Artist Project 2017 - Toronto

Twist Gallery 2017 - Toronto

Unkle Collective 2016 - Toronto

Elaine Fleck Gallery 2016, Toronto

Unkle Collective 2016 - Toronto

The Artist Project 2016 - Toronto 

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2016 - Toronto

Uncle Collective Group Show 2016  - Toronto

The Artist Project 2016 - Toronto

Aurora Public Library - 2016 - Aurora

Paula White Diamond Gallery 2015 - Waterloo

Newmarket Studio Tour 2015 - Newmarket

Queen West Art Crawl 2015 - Toronto

Woodside Pottery & Gallery- Craighurst - 2015

The Artist Project 2015 – Toronto

Abstract Art For Sale in Canadian Art Galleries

  • KOYMAN GALLERY - Ottawa, Ontario

  • PWD GALLERY – Guelph, Ontario

  • PI FINE ART – Toronto, Ontario

  • BLUE CROW GALLERY – Toronto, Ontario

  • CANVAS GALLERY – Toronto, Ontario

  • 2GALLERY - Prince Edward County, Ontario

  • BENZ GALLERY – London, Ontario

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Address: 510 King Street East,
Toronto, Ontario
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Phone: 905.960.8370
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