Ellie Reinhold

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Ellie ReinholdFor sev­eral years I have been fol­low­ing two par­al­lel paths in my paint­ing; one is fig­u­ra­tive, the other is informed by, if not strictly tied to, land­scape. My fig­u­ra­tive work is nar­ra­tive in nature and explores emo­tional, inner expe­ri­ences using sparse iconic imagery, color and brush­work. This work has been var­i­ously described as “soul­ful”, “dream-scapes”,“internal land­scapes”, and art you can “feel in your gut”. Per­haps all apply.

My involve­ment with land­scape was sparked by a par­tic­u­lar expe­ri­ence in my local land­scape sev­eral years ago. I was over­whelmed by fall foliage color that absolutely demanded to be expressed in the stu­dio. Man­i­fested as an intense phys­i­cal pres­sure in my chest and an absolute obses­sion with being IN the color, I couldn’t do any­thing but deal with it! So I turned myself loose in a series of small paint­ings with color and paint­ing knives (the color wanted to go on thickly and loosely). The focus here was color, pat­tern, tex­ture and the like. While some­times these pieces are instantly rec­og­niz­able as land­scape, at other times the idea of land­scape sim­ply pro­vided a loose struc­ture or scaf­fold within which to explore. In other words, the pieces might be more, or less, abstract. This body of work also grew to include for­ays out of land­scape to become a place for explo­ration into a vari­ety of areas, such as sur­face texture.

Ini­tially I thought I’d get this out of my sys­tem quickly–just a hic­cup in the stu­dio. But, while I still con­tinue with my fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings, the landscape/abstracts have con­tin­ued, lead­ing to a sep­a­rate body of work. For now, my fig­u­ra­tive and land­scape work remain sep­a­rate, but per­haps one day they will merge.

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Ellie will be a Fea­tured Artist at HGA in April, PARALLEL PLAY, open­ing recep­tion, April 28th, 6–9 pm.

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