Ellen E. Rand at Figureworks
ELLEN E. RAND
March 4 – April 24, 2016
RECEPTION: Friday, March 4th from 6-9PM
fine art of the human form
168 North 6th St. (1 block from Bedford Avenue “L” train)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
hours: Saturday and Sunday from 1-6PM
Figureworks is honored to present Ellen Rand’s latest oil paintings.
In 2012, Figureworks hosted a striking two-person exhibition with Ellen and her grandmother, a highly successful portrait painter from the turn of the century. This further motivated Ellen to develop her figure-based series in more depth, resulting in this greatly anticipated solo exhibition.
Ellen had initially begun these paintings as diptychs, on two seamless adjacent wooden panels. A major health crisis put a stop to the work and after recovering from this extreme medical intervention, she picked up where she had left off. But following a new aesthetic instinct, Ellen started introducing triptychs and adding narrow wooden strips to separate her panels. It was not until weeks later that she recognized these spacers were a direct response to her surgeries, where she too had been cut up, scarred, and successfully put back together.
Aside from this moving back-story, the work stands alone as elegant, powerful and emotional. Each work tells its own story and many of the sensual reclining forms even move into a dreamlike landscape.
An accomplished painter, Ellen is self-taught and began her career in stage design. Also an accomplished gallery director, Ellen is the proprietor of Art 101, a fine art gallery here in Williamsburg.
Figureworks is located at 168 North 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, one block from the Bedford Avenue “L” train. The gallery is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 PM and is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and 20th century fine art of the human form.
For more information please call 718-486-7021 or visit us online at www.figureworks.com