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Liz A Ainslie
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg

Media:Painting; Drawing;
Genre:Abstract;


ARTIST STATEMENT: A friend told me that one of my paintings looked like a stage set. I appreciated that idea because a stage is an artificial space that mimics real space without hiding its artifice. Like a stage set shows the audience an abbreviated and specialized version of an environment, I’ve developed environments with skewed perspective and impossible scale particular to my interpretation of landscape and architecture. Works on paper made outdoors, and photographs of architectural peculiarities serve as source material for my oil paintings. From there I use my relationship with the oil paint to form abstractions of my observations. While paint is my medium I also would claim color as a medium. My process begins with mixing paint on the palette and then pushing unexpected colors together on the canvas. I use temperature and value to counteract the illusion of my compositions. I want the value shifts, the color relationships to be the main activity of the work. My work employs the language of abstraction perhaps in the way medieval painters once used the religious iconography as a structure upon which they built the idiosyncrasies of their hand and vantage point. I lay my personal interpretation of illusion on top of the vocabulary and history of abstraction in painting.
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  • Worldly
    2016
    oil on canvas
    28 x 22 inches

  • Window Plane
    2016
    oil on canvas
    28 x 22 inches

  • Pooling
    2015
    oil on linen
    12 x 9 inches

  • Blashes
    2016
    oil on canvas
    48 x 36 inches

  • Edie 2
    2016
    oil on linen
    12 x 9 inches

  • Flipsy
    2016
    oil on canvas
    48 x 36 inches

  • Smooth Move
    2015
    oil on canvas
    14 x 11 inches

  • That Look
    2016
    oil on canvas
    28 x 22 inches

  • Just After
    2015
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Mirror Eye
    2015
    oil on linen
    12 x 9 inches

  • The Move
    2015
    oil on canvas
    14 x 11 inches

  • Edie
    2015
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Usher You
    2015
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • You can't believe
    2015
    oil on canvas
    14 x 11 inches

  • More Immediately
    2014
    oil on linen
    12 x 9 inches

  • Of Any Kind
    2013
    oil on linen
    14 x 11"

  • Even Stairs
    2013
    oil on canvas
    12 x 10"

  • Stands
    2013
    gouache on board
    10 x 8 inches

  • Hallowed Bright
    2013
    gouache on board
    10 x 8 inches

  • Came to Pass
    2014
    oil on linen
    14 x 11"
 








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