ELIZABETH SHREVE images

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Elizabeth Shreve

The Nature of Bees

2009

24 x 20 inches

ES 117

 

The Smile

2009

16 x 17inches

ES 151

 

Four Birds

2009

16 x 17 inches

ES 152

 

To Vitalize It

2010

16 x 18 inches

ES 153

 

Fears and Desires Magnifique

2010

16 x 17 inches

ES 154

 

 

Pleasure

2009

22 x 24 inches

ES 155

 

I and Pie

2009

13 x 12 inches

ES 156

 

Theater x

2010

24 x 22 inches

ES 157

 

The Birds and the Bees

24 x 20 inches

ES 117   

Untitled

24 x 22

ES 120

Be Too Glad 

24 x 14

ES 121

Home Life

28 x 24

ES 134

 

Kiss My Shoe 

14 x 12

ES 138

ES 139

Reptile Gardens 

16 x 12

 

 

Deny - Retrieve 

16 x 12

ES 140

 

Permit - Mercy 

14 x 12

ES 141 

 

Withstanding Sorrow 

14 x 12

ES 142

 

Our Flesh and Blood: Being Unknown 

24 x 20

ES 143

 

 

Our Flesh and Blood 

13 x 15

ES 144

 

 

Unrelenting Mystery 

18 x 16

ES 145

 The Nutrients of Love Are Mysterious 

16 x 17

ES 146

 

The Eight Emotional Powers 

28 x 24

ES 147

 

 

Press Release

Elizabeth Shreve’s new body of work is an idiosyncratic collection of paintings representing the contradictions and challenges of our relationships to others and to ourselves.  A psychologist turned painter, Ms. Shreve determinedly explores the regions of human existence which are often least pleasant.  Using the deceptive illusion of all things beautiful and desirable for subject mattter, these are the subconscious regions which account for the innumerable incidents of insomnia, undesirable entanglements, disorder, despair, and self deprecation played out in the inner drama of life itself. 

 Shreve’s sumptuously painted canvasses are really journeys laying bare the introspective self, expressing a world that possesses her, a world filled with an awareness of the depth and complexity of the everyday engagement with life.  Her vision is, in part, about a form of experiencing that feels and is open to a much broader range of human emotion; accepting pain, grief, and joy without the indulgences of judgment  that limit not only our vulnerability, need, and fear but also our sense of realness.

 Shreve’s central subjects are women surrounded by sumptuously lovely objects; objects both personal and unreal.  Upon further examination of these images, one is likely to ask oneself analytically,  “Do we really know the person who sits opposite us at dinner this evening?  Do we really know the person in the chair in which we find ourselves sitting?” That we live largely just as invisible to ourselves as we are to others lies at the heart of all of the parado x ical themes encountered in these richly surrealistic scenarios.  In the end, Shreve’s use of painting goes beyond surface beauty and attraction.  Indeed, for her, it is about experience meditated on in a peculiar manner with the hope of sustaining genuine feeling and healthy selfhood despite the myriad of emotional dangers inherent in living.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

 

1997

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

 

1990

PhD in Psychology, Miami University of Ohio

 

 

1970

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

 

 

exHIBITIONS

 

 

 

2010

 Fears and Desires Magnifique, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

2009

exhibited: Art Chicago, Carl Hammer Gallery

 

 

2008

exhibited: Art Chicago, Carl Hammer Gallery

 

 

2007

exhibited: Art Chicago, Carl Hammer Gallery

 

 

2007

Visiting Artist: SAIC

 

 

2007

Gallery exhbition: New Work ,Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.

 

 

2006

 Our Flesh and Blood, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

2004

House of Madness and Mirth, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

2001

Wheel Of Fools, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

2000

Carl Hammer 2000, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

1999

Carl Hammer Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

 

 

1999

Sextablos, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 

 

1998

Keep Off The Grass, NFA Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

1998

Carl Hammer Gallery, Group Show, Chicago, IL

 

 

1997

Small Wonder, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

1997

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

1997

MFA Thesis Show, SAIC, Chicago, IL

 

 

1995

Post-baccalaureate Show, SAIC, Chicago, IL

 

 

1986

 C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH

 

 

1985

 C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH

 

 

1978

 Artist’s Space, New York, NY

 

 

 

 

AWARDS

 

2006

CAAP Grant

 

 

1999

Illinois Arts Council Grant

 

Painting is about experience meditated on in a peculiar manner with the hope of sustaining genuine feeling and selfhood despite the myriad of emotional dangers inherent in living.  It is both more cruel and more intimate than everyday life in its effort to preserve the depth and complexity of intimate engagement with life, not just to reflect the accommodations necessitated by our emotional and physical survival.  At its best it is a compassionate endeavor; a form of experiencing that feels fully; accepting pain, grief and joy without the indulgences of judgement that limit our vulnerability, need, and fear but also our sense or realness.  Thus, my paintings express a world that possesses me as much as I feel I possess myself.  It is a troubled love within the dream of my painting, but one in which I believe the vulnerable can survive.

                                                      Elizabeth Shreve

 

 

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