Elizabeth Neel, in her studio in Brooklyn doing paintings with paint

Elizabeth Neel

United States 1975

Sculpture, Abstract Art, Abstract Expressionism, Painting, Assemblage Art

Elizabeth Neel
Elizabeth Neel
United States
May 20, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

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.

The Granddaughter of Alice Neel

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’s Abstract Oeuvre

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.

Elizabeth Neel - Pagoda the Prairie, 2014, photo courtesy of Pilar Corrias Gallery
Elizabeth Neel – Pagoda the Prairie, 2014, photo courtesy of Pilar Corrias Gallery

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.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Lobster with Shell GameSusanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, USSolo
2014The People, the Park, the OrnamentPilar Corrias, London, UKSolo
2014Paradigm StoreHowick Place, London, UKGroup
2014Speaking Through PaintLori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, USGroup
20133 and 4 before 2 and 5Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, USSolo
2012Routes and PleasuresSusanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, USSolo
2012Modern TalkingCluj Museum, Cluji-Napoca, ROGroup
2012Uri Aran/Elizabeth Neel: I mean orangeSTUDIOLO, Zurich, CHGroup
2011Sphinx DitchPilar Corrias, London, UKSolo
2011Leopard ComplexSikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, USSolo
2011Painting overallPrague Biennale 5, Prague, CZGroup
2011Four RoomsCenter for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PLGroup
2011Going Where the Weather Suits My Cloths, A fall of light on fabricMother’s Tank Station, Dublin, IRGroup
2011A painting showHarris Lieberman Gallery, New York, USGroup
2010Stick SeasonSculpture Centre, New York, USSolo
2010Purity is MythPilar Corrias, London, UKGroup
2010Living with Art: Collecting Contemporary in Metro New YorkThe Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, USGroup
2010Wait for Me at the Bottom of the PoolSagaponack, NY, USGroup
2010Summer Group ShowSusanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, USGroup
2010Summer ShowSikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, USGroup
2009Elizabeth NeelMonica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, ITSolo
2009Cave PaintingNew York, US, Group
2009Abstract AmericaSaatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2009On PaperMonica De Cardenas, Zuoz, CHGroup
2009Pulp FictionEleven Rivington, New York, USGroup
2008Make No BonesDeitch Projects, New York, USSolo
20088 1/2 x 11/A4James Fuentes LLC, New York, USGroup
2008A Seer Out of SeasonOn Stellar Rays, New York, USGroup
2008SubstractionDeitch Projects, New York, USGroup
2007Late LibertiesJohn Connelly Presents, New York, USGroup
2007LandscapeSouthfirst, Brooklyn, USGroup
2007Salon NouveauEngholm Engelhorn, Vienna, ATGroup
2007POKERMonica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, ITGroup
2006Farewell to IconAnna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, USGroup
2006The Garden PartyDeitch Projects, New York, USGroup
2006New WorkKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, USGroup
2005Elizabeth NeelKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, USSolo
2005Flower PowerKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York, USGroup
2005Off My Biscuit, Destroy Your DistrictSamson Projects, Boston, USGroup