Paula Elliott
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
LIC Art Center - Studio# 310
44-02 23rd Street



Artist Bio:
Paula has had a studio in Long Island City for over 15 years. She has most recently exhibited at: Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY, Art Miami Context 2018, the Hampden Gallery, UMASS Amherst MA, and the Cello Factory, London UK. Her paintings and drawings have also been shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York as well as various museums and galleries in the US and abroad. She received a MFA from Cornell University and a BS in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, with further studies in England and Mexico. She has taught at Cornell and Bucknell Universities and has been awarded artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale Foundation in Illinois. Her work is in many public and private collections including: Best Products, Chase Bank, Citibank, Hoffman-La Roche Inc., IBM Corporation, Zale Corporation and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum among others.

Artist Statement:
In my new works on paper, pastel has become the principal medium combined with charcoal, pencil and paint. This pastel ground offers a corresponding function to the watercolor effects in my canvases, creating an atmospheric space- a fluid, open and indeterminate field of play. However, in these present images a new dimensional framework shapes the borders; providing a measure by which the relationships between various markers or dynamic forces within the open space are traceable. It is a threshold space guided by signs of uncertain outcomes - a mystery awaiting arrival.

In my large-scale, primarily abstract, paintings I often depict an imaginary locale. To gain greater potency to my color, I treat acrylics like watercolor, making the most of its fluidity, transparency and luminosity. This painterly environment underpins my images where forms are abstract but allusive, hard-edge geometric shapes and linear elements providing a counterpoint to the softer topographical rhythms.

My works on paper are executed in charcoal, a medium I have explored extensively in combination with pastel, pencil and paint. Recently I have concentrated on a single (and singular) object -exploring the eccentricities of forms as they evolve through a process of layering.

All images and text copyright Paula Elliott