Elizabeth Gilfilen’s works on canvas and paper are rooted in the language of gestural abstraction. Through an improvisational drawing in paint process, she builds complex spaces on the canvas that can range from sparse and elemental to chaotic and turbulent. Hand, eye and body collide, coaxing fluid, inky tracings into dense, jaunty structures. The material properties of paint are put into an uneasy tension with the suggestion of more legible forms. Fragmented appendages push and pull within monolithic landscapes, dissolving boundaries. Temporal marks are woven into something more tangible and the haptic, tactile line defines entangled networks of time-space.
Gilfilen received her BFA in Drawing from D.A.A.P. at the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Richmond, Chicago, Newark, Boston and Brisbane, Australia. Her work has been included in group shows at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Islip Art Museum and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, among others. Solo exhibitions include Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (2018); Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT (2014); The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ (2012); Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ (2011) and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY (2010). She has lectured on her work at institutions including Virginia Commonwealth University and The Jersey City Art Museum. She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, Gallery Aferro Studio Residency, Alijra Emerge and The Bronx Museum of Art’s AIM Program. Her work has been reviewed in many publications including Two Coats of Paint, The New Criterion, The Boston Globe, The Newark Star-Ledger and The New York Times. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.