My work consists of abstract oil paintings, watercolors, collages, and sculptures that explore light, colour, proportion and gesture.When I am working, I draw specifically from distinct early memories of being in, near, or on the waters of the Atlantic seashore. The reduced shapes and colour relationships in my work relate to expansive views of water and sky, the simple resolute gesture of the horizon, and a marine experience of light, shadow and shape.
While these memories and open spaces serve as a touchstone for the internal logic to my visual language, the work itself is mainly about the act of painting. When I am working, I am most concerned with the fundamental questions that have always occupied painters and that are often resistant to language: why, how, when, what.
My work is a departure point for an experience that is completed by a viewer’s own history and colour memories.
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Elizabeth Russell was born in Rockport, Massachusetts. Lives and works in Berkeley and San Francisco.
2016 Master of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA 1998 Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Painting, Connecticut College, New London, CT 1996 Insituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy
2019 Work on View at The Wing, San Francisco, CA 2017 12 Artists at 1240, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Takeover, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA Transformed, Borderline Art Collective, San Francisco, CA Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure / Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA Gala Alumni Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2016 Papercuts, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure / Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fused Space and Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA Textstyling, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA
2015 Ghost in the Hay, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA Revolving Door, a 3:1 Project, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA Open House, NYSRP Studios, Brooklyn, NY Resonant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA Painting Expelled, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA Textile-ish, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA
2014 The Walls Fall Away, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA 2012 (Re)Modified, Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas CA
Miniatures, The Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA 2011 Modified, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA 2010 Glimpse, Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA 2009 Cross Pollination, Fine Art Base, Sand City, CA
Found Objects, Fine Art Base, Sand City, CA 2007 Owning Pink, Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, Carmel, CA 2006 Home & Away, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Points of Origin, Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, Carmel, CA
Holiday Show, Lisa Coscino Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA 2005 Launch Party / Silent Auction, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
Part of the Magic, Williams–Sonoma, Brisbane, CA 2004 Adaptation, Sandbox Studio, San Francisco, CA 2003 Trannie: Rhetorics of Identity in Transition, White Box:The Annex, New York, NY
After Matisse/Picasso, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
HONORS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES / AFFILIATIONS
2018 Cuttyhunk Island Artists Residency, Gosnold, MA 2016 Charter Resident, Minnesota Street Project Studio Program, San Francisco, CA 2016 Westcliff Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO 2016 Travel Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA 2015 Maloof Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO 1998 Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Distinction in Art, Jane Bell Prize Honorable Mention, Dean’s List High Honors,
Connecticut College, New London, CT
ELIZABETH H. RUSSELL
www.elizabethrussell.com • email@example.com • @lizharlowrussell • CV 2019 p 2/2
2018 Visiting Critic, California College of the Arts, MFA Open Critique 2017 Visiting Critic, California College of the Arts, Karla Wozniak and Michelle Murillo’s Interdisciplinary Critique 2016 Visiting Artist, San Francisco Art Institute, Kim Bennett’s Twin Histories, Hybrid Futures: Painting and Textiles 2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Modern Arts, Beth Mangini, California College of the Arts 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2D Color Translations, California College of the Arts 2010 Sustainability and the Arts Workshops: Natural Dyeing, Papermaking, Prospecting Local Clays. University of
Massachusetts & Bioneers Conference, Dartmouth MA
2018 “The Best Young Abstract Artists You Should Know,” Architectural Digest, by Sydney Wasserman, May 22. https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/the-best-young-abstract-artists-you-should-know-about
2018 Reading and conversation with Á.R.Vázquez-Concepción on the relationship between Writing and Painting, https://craniumcorporation.org
2018 “Saturday Selects/Exhibitions,” Sight Unseen, Jill Singer. http://www.sightunseen.com/2018/05/week-of-april-30-2018/ 2017 “30 Artists and Galleries We Loved During New York Art Week,” Sight Unseen, Jill Singer. 2017 “Anxiety and the Art Fairs, NADA Edition,” Two Coats of Paint, Sharon Butler. 2017 “TAKEOVER,” by Serena Cole, http://takeoverartzine.bigcartel.com
2016 “Best Shows in the Bay Area 2015.” Curiously Direct, www.curiouslydirect.com, by Aaron Harbour January 13. 2015 “Contents Under Pressure.” 3:1 Publications,Volume 1, Issue 1, November 23. 2015 “Three Can’t Miss Oakland Gallery Exhibits to See in October.” 7x7 Magazine, by Alana Shaw, September 23. 2015 “Ghost in the Hay, Recommended.” Curiously Direct, www.curiouslydirect.com, by Aaron Harbour October 7. 2015 “North America’s Recommended Exhibitions to See This Fall” http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/43886 2015 “Pasts, Presence, and Futures,” The Huffington Post, by JD Beltran, March 9.
2015 “CCA MFA Open Studios” Curiously Direct, www.curiouslydirect.com, by Aaron Harbour February 24.