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Beth Gilfilen

Much like marking the days, I start many of my works on paper and painting in a notational way, allowing the diluted line to build and deviate, telling me which way to go. Each decision moves quietly, then recklessly, crescendos, then falls and dissipates. A picture of time is fixed yet ever-shifting and I begin again.

Wander 2, 2019
Oil on paper
51 x 80 inches

Elizabeth Gilfilen paints airy and delightfully rough abstract oil paintings. She embraces a sense of frenzy in her strokes, amplified by loose waves of pigment colliding with tighter line markings. From the lines emerge abstractions of figures, trees, and unknown forms. Her compositions are at once volatile, sophisticated, and atmospheric. Gilfilen earned her BFA from College of D.A.A.P. at University of Cincinnati, and MFA from VCUarts (1997, 2001). She has mounted solo exhibitions across the east coast as well as an international show in Brisbane, Australia (2018). She currently resides and works in Brooklyn, NY.