In July 2010, art critic Victoria Donohoe wrote about Priest?s work in two Wilmington exhibitions for The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Priest deliberately blurs the boundary between painting and jazz in her Venezuelan Suite painted collages. These use form as a language of music... Seeing jazz as full of joy and energy, able to transform sadness, Priest uses it successfully here to create materialized movement in actual worlds of colored space.”
This series builds on Priest’s long fascination with Cuban Jazz.
She analyzes the space and movement created by the complex rhythms of this musical style and attempts to reconstruct them abstractly. She mimics the layered complexity of the Cuban Jazz through the physicality of her works.
From afar the surfaces of her paintings appear flat, but up close their collage elements add dimensionality, blurring the line between two and three-dimensional space.
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About The Artist
Ellen Priest is an American abstract painter, whose art is created under the influence of jazz music. As a painter, she is mainly self-taught. Read More