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Artist of the moment….Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray was an American artist born in the year 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. She was renown for her uniquely shaped canvases painted with abstract shapes and bold color. Murray is associated with the Neo-Expressionist School of Painting. For her artistic education Elizabeth Murray earned a bachelors of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. Murray went to earn a MFA from Mills University located in Oakland, California.

Murray became interested in art as a high school student. A teacher at her school helped form a foundation for Murray in order for her to attend college at the Chicago Art Institute.

From the wonderful PBS series Art 21 we view a short bio on Elizabeth Murray:

In addition to oddly and very uniquely shaped canvases, Murray would join canvases together or place on canvas on top of the another.

And in this clip we meet up with our friend Jams Kalm to view a gallery show:

Elizabeth Murray’s work is included in prominent museums including the Museum of  Modern Art located in New York City. The Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters.

Elizabeth Murray passed away in 2007 at the age of 66 years old.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $130,000.


Artist of the moment Jennifer Bartlett…..

Jennifer Bartlett  was born in Long Beach, California in 1941.

A short collection of paintings done by the artist set to music. It even shows some works as they appear in public spaces like an airport. The artist was highly skilled at matching realism with a great deal of abstraction.

A short interview about the artist and another female artist named Jackie Winsor.

High price range: $52,000 for the large landscape, the last image in the picture gallery, done in 99 plates using enamels on steel panels.

Low price range: Some original acrylics can be found for a few thousand, some prints for less than one thousand dollars.

The artist has worked in a variety of mediums over the years such as oils, inks, sculpture, pastels, etching, woodcut, lithographs, and screenprints.

She is known for her mixture of painting styles, realism with a great deal of abstraction and patterns included. She paints with oils on canvas as well as with acrylics and enamel on steel plates.

The artist attended Mills College in Oakland, California earning a bachelors degree in fine art in 1963. She continued on to graduate school earning a degree in 1965 from the Yale School of Art and Architecture.

Due to her dramatic brushwork, the artist is known for creating a great sense of movement in her work. She found her style, with a slight nod from the Minimalist style which was highly en vogue during this time period. It was at this time the artist decided to paint on steel plates rather on canvas.

One very large influential artist important to her career was Sol LeWitt.

The artist has done a great deal of large commissioned works for public and private spaces. For the federal building in Atlanta the artist created a two hundred foot long mural.  She also has done design work for Saatchi and Volvo.

The artist is included in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Smithsonian Art Institute in Washington D.C., the Whitney Museum of Art also in Washington D.C.

Bartlett was also an educator from 1972 to 1977 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Online and land based galleries:   Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Bartlett currently lives and works out of New York City.

Its great to look back and see the many periods of change in the artist’s work. I saw some of her silk screen prints that were nearly all text. Then I became fascinated her landscapes.  From a design standpoint she seems to have had fun while she painted.  Very great at producing a variety of textures in her work.


Happy painting!