The Gallery: Elisabeth Condon

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Lively Weather 2004, acrylic, 22" x 30"

Introducing Elisabeth Condon. I first saw Elisabeth’s work at a show last spring and recently decided to take a browse through her website. My goodness, what a treasure trove -- it was difficult to pick what to share with AT readers.

I decided on a few that seem to have begun as loose experimentations with paint, from which elegant structures and narratives emerged and were then refined.

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The Catch, 2005, acrylic on paper, 40 x 60 inches
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The Puffball Machine, 2005, watercolor and acrylic on paper, 22x30 inches

There is a delightful balance of figurative and fantastic, accidental and deliberate – as well as something mysterious – in these paintings.

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Idyll 2004, acrylic, 22" x 30"
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Lively Weather 2004, acrylic, 22" x 30"

Maybe it’s the winter doldrums that have me gravitating toward all this light, space, blooming color and delicate line quality. These are all spaces I’d like to visit.

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Gondola, 2005, acrylic on paper, 40" x 60 inches
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Bejewelling the Plain 2004, oil on linen, 24" x 24"

In the artist’s words, “As each painting develops, the aesthetics of 1960s Los Angeles where I grew up infuse the light and foliage of Florida, Yuan Dynasty landscape, Dr. Seuss and the outré but earnest gestures of Paul Jenkins in the undulating terrain of personal imagination.”

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Red Landscape, 2004, oil on linen, 24 x 24 inches

I couldn’t resist sharing a few from the series: Tractors, Trucks and Tires.


Sixteen Hours 2003, Gouache 22.5" x 30"
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Under the Blossoming Tree 2003, oil/canvas, 42" x 78"

Take a look at her website (www.elisabethcondon.com) to see more of her oil paintings and some remarkable ink drawings on paper. Thank you Elisabeth!

- Amy Chase

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