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Artist Elizabeth Gilfilen

Elizabeth Gilfilen



American   —  Elizabeth Gilfilen is a visual artist based in New York. Her works on paper and canvas are rooted in the language of gestural abstraction and range from sparse and elemental to chaotic and turbulent. Intimately tied to the hand, searching lines are often paired with broad washes of color to build jaunty structures. Fluid, inky tracings of the observed world are put into an uneasy tension with the material properties of paint. Suggestions of trees, figures and monoliths emerge as temporal marks are woven into something more tangible, straddling a line between known forms and invention. Solo exhibitions include Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA; Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT; The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY. Selected group exhibitions include Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA; TWFineArt, Brisbane, Australia; Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Her work has been covered in publications including ArtSpiel, Two Coats of Paint, New American Paintings, The New Criterion, The Boston Globe, The Newark Star-Ledger and The New York Times. Awards and residencies include Yaddo, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop SIP Fellowship, The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, the Gallery Aferro Studio Residency (2010), the Alijra Emerge Fellowship and The Bronx Museum of Art AIM Program. She received her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA in Fine Art from D.A.A.P. at the University of Cincinnati.

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