Elizabeth Blau

Redlining

Redlining

Elizabeth Blau - Redlining - acrylic, ink on canvas, 36" x 78"

Snow Drip

Snow Drip

Elizabeth Blau - Snow Drip - acrylic, ink on canvas, 36" x 78"

Nightfall

Nightfall

Elizabeth Blau - Nightfall - acrylic on canvas, 32" x 80"

Temperature Anomaly

Temperature Anomaly

Elizabeth Blau - Temperature Anomaly - acrylic, ink on canvas, 36" x 78"

Standing Water

Standing Water

Elizabeth Blau - Standing Water - acrylic, ink on canvas, 36" x 48"

 Mass Balance

Mass Balance

Elizabeth Blau - Mass Balance - acrylic, ink on canvas, 36" x 78"

Lavender Berg

Lavender Berg

Elizabeth Blau - Lavender Berg - acrylic and ink on canvas, 30" x 56"

Down The Hatch

Down The Hatch

Elizabeth Blau - Down The Hatch - acrylic, ink on wood panel, 28" x 78"

Artist Statement

The studio work with which I am engaged explores the integration of mixed media elements that culminate in painting. Although still and moving digital media are used at the conceptual stages, it is the paint that most effectively materializes the combination of content and corresponding voids. Each body of work explores different ways in which our landscapes transform and how they are remembered. I situate my work in the landscape
painting tradition, a history that still remains limitless with representational possibility. My work relies on an inclusive and open-minded approach to art history. The paintings are heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism and color field painting, accompanied by fine lines and forms that may be loosely drawn or finely calculated. Being from the Southwest, my work is affected by the visual austerity of the desert landscape. I am interested in creating paintings that cohesively converge imagination and reality, the graphic and atmospheric, figurative and abstract, scientific and random, in other words creating a panting where opposing forces can co-exist.

 

Elizabeth Blau is a painter working and living in Las Vegas, NV. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas teaching Drawing and 2-D Design courses for the UNLV Art department. Each series of paintings by Elizabeth explores different ways our landscapes transform and how they are remembered.

 

Education
2012 MFA, Painting & Drawing, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Graduate Study Abroad, Temple University Rome, Italy 2012)
2004 BFA, Studio Art/Critical Studies, CalArts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA Solo Exhibitions
2012 Weathered Patterns, Tyler School of Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Make-Shift, Fallout Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2007 Withering Heights, Winchester Cultural Center, Las Vegas, NV
2005 New Painting, Spann Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Lime Gallery, CalArts
2003 Wash Work, Mint Gallery, CalArts
2002 Titled, Lime Gallery, CalArts
1999 Enter Laughing, Main Gallery, CalArts
1998 Shadow Garden, M(9) Atelier Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (two-person exhibit) Group Exhibitions
2013 Cities that Walked, Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Diversify, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Equinox, Mayor’s Gallery @ The Historic Fifth Street School, Las Vegas, NV
Made In Paint, Golden Artist Colors Gallery, New Berlin, NY
2012 BANG, Powerhouse Productions, Philadelphia, PA
2011 The Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes, & Lifescapes, University of Arizona Museum of Art
2010 Minumental Invitational, Trifecta Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2008 Conventions & Attitudes, CUNY, Graduate Center Gallery, NY
Studios Midwest, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
New-Fangled, Main Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2007 Your Art Is Showing, Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV
2004 Girls Who Wear Glasses, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
2002 Amnesia, Stevenson Blanche Devereaux Gallery, CalArts
2001 Skyend, John Raitt Gallery, Hollywood, CA
Expansive Objects, D301 Gallery, CalArts, Valencia, CA
Comfort & Exhaustion, Lime & Mint Galleries, CalArts, Valencia, CA

 

Awards/Residencies
2014 The Arctic Circle Residency Program, The Arctic Circle
2012 The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, Residency Fellowship Grant, New Berlin, NY
2011 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Galesburg Civic Arts Center, Residency Fellowship Grant, Galesburg, IL
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Residency Fellowship Grant, Taos, NM
2007 Nevada Arts Council, Professional Development Grant, Carson City, NV
99-04 CalArts Scholarship, Valencia, CA

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