ELIZABETH ALLISON b. 1975 Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Allison was born in 1975 in Chicago, IL. After receiving her BFA from the University of Michigan she moved to New York City where she continued her studies at the Art Students League of New York.

Elizabeth is the recipient of the Raluca Popescu Memorial Scholarship, a Nessa Cohen Grant, three Elizabeth Greenshields Grants and a Chashama Studio Residency. She was a Model to Monument Participant and had a monumental sculpture in Riverside Park South. She was a visiting artist at Buffalo State College and is a technical instructor at the Art Students League.

My watercolors explore places I have gone, or hope to go. I use sketches, photos, memory and imagination for reference. I want these atmospheric landscapes to capture the impact a place had me, to record it’s emotional temperature.

Dense layers of built up pigment and a labyrinth of drips create each painting. By turning a big sheet of paper this way and that, I manipulate the drip. I lay the painting on the floor to apply broad washes and let the paint puddle up, creating unexpected watermarks. I splash and splatter – the nature of the medium is imperative to the outcome of the painting.

Recently, I have been inspired by the pulsating landscape of New York City and the surrounding region. These paintings chase the light at dusk or dawn, examine times of transition, and peer at the spaces between things. They aspire to capture the way the air not just looks, but smells, feels and changes. The large scale of these works is important – I want the viewer to feel they can enter into the scene, that it lurks somewhere between reality and dream. I want these paintings to invite the individual in and evoke an emotional response.”


EXHIBITIONS
(*solo)

2016 Massey Lyuben Gallery, NY
2016 Hubert Gallery, NY
2016 Anderson Contemporary, NY
2016 Art Gallery 345, NY
2015 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY
2015 Art Gallery 345, NY
2014 Chashama Studio Artists, 4 Times Square, NY
2014 NYU Kimmel Galleries, NY
2014 Morris-Jumel Mansion, NY
2014 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY
2013 Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing
2013 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY
2013 Chashama 461 Gallery, NY
2012 Axelle Galerie, Boston *
2012 Belskie Museum, Closter, NJ
2012 Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY
2012 Governors Island Art Fair, NY
2010 Pennington Gallery, NY
2009 The Affordable Art Fair, NY
2008 Oglivy & Mather, NY
2007 Gensler Exhibition, NY
2006 Dillon Gallery Project Room, NY *
2006 National Sculpture Society 73rd Annual, Fairfeild, CT and Brookgreen Gardens, SC
2005 Galleria Eclectica, Venice
2003 The Affordable Art Fair, NY
2002 Franklin Peppermint Gallery, NY


PUBLIC ART

2012 Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY
2011 Model to Monument: Riverside Park South, River Gazers, NY
2011 Model to Monument: Van Cortland Park, Mask, NY
2010 The Greenpoint Sculpture Wall, NY


AWARDS AND HONORS

2012-15 Studio Residency, chashama, NY
2010 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal
2009 Honorable Mention, National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, NY
2008 Raluca Popescu Memorial Scholarship, Friends of Raluca Popescu, NY
2007 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation, Montreal
2006 Tallix Foundry Prize, National Sculpture Society, NY
2005 Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation, Montreal
2004 Nessa Cohen Memorial Grant, Art Students League, NY
2003 Fellowship, Newington-Cropsey Academy of Art, Hastings, NY


COMPETITIONS

2013 National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, NYAA, NY
2009 National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, NYAA, NY
2002 National Sculpture Society Young Sculptor Competition, Lyme, CT
2002 The Stewardson Competition, PAFA, Philadelphia

 

EDUCATION

2001-07 Art Students League, NY
1994-99 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor   B.F.A.

 

PRESS

2016 The Jimmy Fallon Show
2014 The High Line in New York City
2014 Absher Design Group
2012 The Arts Observer
2011 The New York Times
2011 NBC, News 4 New York
2011 The Daily News
2011 DNAinfo
2011 Gotham Girl Chronicles
2011 Gino & Leslie: Sculpture Obsessed Siblings
2011 NYC Parks