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.”
“Jazz: Thinking Out Loud, Reaching for Song #1-32” is a series of experimental drawings and paintings based on student music from Berklee College of Music?s Global Jazz Institute.
“Having spent nearly five intense years completing “Jazz: Edward Simon?s Venezuelan Suite #1-23”, I was eager to break my process open and chew through some new ideas. Experimentation demanded a quicker way of working. I turned to drawing – to me, the thinking-out-loud of visual art.”
On National Public Radio, Ellen Priest had often heard the music of newly discovered jazz musicians, especially those from Africa and Latin America, who made their way into the US jazz scene via Berklee College of Music in Boston. What better way to fuel her own improvisation than to listen to music-in-progress?
Berklee?s Department of Liberal Arts, music faculty and elite Global Jazz Institute welcomed Ellen for a residency in late 2010, and this body of drawings, brush studies and collaged paintings was the result.
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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
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