Elizabeth Neel is an American painter and sculptor known for her abstract canvases which are actuality deeply rooted in the facts of the real world.
Neel earned her BA from Brown University in 1997 and graduated with a diploma certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2002. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2007.
Born in Stowe, Vermont, into 1975, Elizabeth Nell was raised into an artistic family. Her grandmother, Alice Neel was a bohemian painter, particularly known for her portraits depicting friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her brother, Andrew Neel is a film-maker, whose work ranges from documentary to narrative formats. When Elizabeth was a young girl, she used to play with a paint-box gifted to her by her grandmother. However, Neel left painting during her studies and came back to art as a career after graduation.
Elizabeth Neel grew up on a farm surrounded by nature and death, which has become some of the important themes for her work. However, her main source material is the anonymous photos from the Internet. Elizabeth does not depict them literally, but using abstraction to translate some of the stories and feelings carried by the chosen images. The pictures are sketched, rather than transposed directly onto the surface of the canvas. While painting, Elizabeth changes the intensity, at times violently.
Drawn from specific subject matter, her pieces trace excavations of life, along with its contamination through death and decay.
Although Elizabeth Neel is best known for her paintings she has produced sculptural assemblages using a vide range of materials including clay, wood, tape, wax, inkjet prints and found objects.
Many critics have pointed to comparability between the artist’s sumptuous, sometimes violent use of paint and that of American Abstract Expressionist artists such as Willem de Kooning, though Neel does not actively seek the inspiration from the group.
Elizabeth’s work is included in the Phaidon book Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting by Bob Nickas, published in 2009.
Represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York, USA, Pilar Corrias Gallery in London, UK, and Monica de Cardenas Gallery in Milan, Italy, Neel has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally.
Elizabeth Neel lives and works in Williamsburg, New York.
|Year||Name of the exhibition||Museum/Gallery||Solo/Group|
|2015||Lobster with Shell Game||Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, US||Solo|
|2014||The People, the Park, the Ornament||Pilar Corrias, London, UK||Solo|
|2014||Paradigm Store||Howick Place, London, UK||Group|
|2014||Speaking Through Paint||Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, US||Group|
|2013||3 and 4 before 2 and 5||Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, US||Solo|
|2012||Routes and Pleasures||Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, US||Solo|
|2012||Modern Talking||Cluj Museum, Cluji-Napoca, RO||Group|
|2012||Uri Aran/Elizabeth Neel: I mean orange||STUDIOLO, Zurich, CH||Group|
|2011||Sphinx Ditch||Pilar Corrias, London, UK||Solo|
|2011||Leopard Complex||Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, US||Solo|
|2011||Painting overall||Prague Biennale 5, Prague, CZ||Group|
|2011||Four Rooms||Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL||Group|
|2011||Going Where the Weather Suits My Cloths, A fall of light on fabric||Mother’s Tank Station, Dublin, IR||Group|
|2011||A painting show||Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, US||Group|
|2010||Stick Season||Sculpture Centre, New York, US||Solo|
|2010||Purity is Myth||Pilar Corrias, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Living with Art: Collecting Contemporary in Metro New York||The Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, US||Group|
|2010||Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool||Sagaponack, NY, US||Group|
|2010||Summer Group Show||Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, US||Group|
|2010||Summer Show||Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, US||Group|
|2009||Elizabeth Neel||Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, IT||Solo|
|2009||Cave Painting||New York, US,||Group|
|2009||Abstract America||Saatchi Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2009||On Paper||Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, CH||Group|
|2009||Pulp Fiction||Eleven Rivington, New York, US||Group|
|2008||Make No Bones||Deitch Projects, New York, US||Solo|
|2008||8 1/2 x 11/A4||James Fuentes LLC, New York, US||Group|
|2008||A Seer Out of Season||On Stellar Rays, New York, US||Group|
|2008||Substraction||Deitch Projects, New York, US||Group|
|2007||Late Liberties||John Connelly Presents, New York, US||Group|
|2007||Landscape||Southfirst, Brooklyn, US||Group|
|2007||Salon Nouveau||Engholm Engelhorn, Vienna, AT||Group|
|2007||POKER||Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, IT||Group|
|2006||Farewell to Icon||Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, US||Group|
|2006||The Garden Party||Deitch Projects, New York, US||Group|
|2006||New Work||Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, US||Group|
|2005||Elizabeth Neel||Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, US||Solo|
|2005||Flower Power||Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, US||Group|
|2005||Off My Biscuit, Destroy Your District||Samson Projects, Boston, US||Group|