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Elena Gorlenko

Artist member since 2019
Toronto, Ontario

Elena is a printmaker from Toronto, Canada. She creates primarily linocuts. In creating relief prints, she uses carving tools to gauge away un-printed areas from linoleum blocks, leaving the elevated areas that would receive and transfer ink to the paper. โ€‹ โ€œI endeavour to create ornate storytelling images for slow viewing. Many of my works are deeply inspired by my travels around the world, my love of nature, literature and jazz music. Apart from traditional relief printing, I often enjoy creating subtle sub-layers for additional story-telling through blind embossing techniques in my prints".ย  โ€‹ She is a member of Open Studio, a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre in Toronto.


Sunflower girl
Jazz Jam
Catch of the day
Stand for piece
Lunar New Year
Winter joy

Inside the Studio


Best season of the year in Toronto


Only thing you need when you leave the house

My phone with a camera and my curiosity

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Taking care of my family, roaming through countryside, reading while listening to jazz

Describe your home in 3 words

Heart and soul

When did you start making art, and why?

When I left the business world and moved to Canada. I always had a desire to explore and tap into my creativity but was 'always too busy'. Appreciation of Art and creativity have now become an essential part of my well-being. The urge to create compelled me to take classes at the Ottawa School of Art and since then I've never stopped. I actually feel anxious and uneasy when I'm not creating.

What do you listen to when you work?

Audiobooks with compelling stories

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John B.Aird Gallery, Toronto
PRINT 2019


John B.Aird Gallery, Toronto
PRINT 2023


Open Studio, Toronto

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