The Gallery: Elisabeth Condon

The Gallery: Elisabeth Condon

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 16, 2006

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.

The Catch, 2005, acrylic on paper, 40 x 60 inches

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.

Idyll 2004, acrylic, 22" x 30"

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.

Gondola, 2005, acrylic on paper, 40" x 60 inches

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."

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"

Under the Blossoming Tree 2003, oil/canvas, 42" x 78"

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

- Amy Chase

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