Elise Freda is a painter born into a family of painters. Being a painter was almost an inevitable choice for Ms. Freda who's parents, Helga and Fred Andkjar, both still paint daily in their studios. Her own studio overlooking the Beechwoods in Callicoon, NY, is integral to Elise’s process as it is from the window’s views that she draws her inspiration for the color, light and space within her paintings. The resulting paintings which are often compared to Asian calligraphic abstractions have been exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as the Delaware Arts Center and The Amarillo Museum of Art. Her other stylistic references would place her as a follower of Barnett Newman, Clyfford Stiles, Cy Twombly and Jiro Yoshihara. Her works are in the permanent collections of Coventry Paper, Canter Fitzgerald, and Champion Paper. Additionally, they have been published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The BrooklynRail, The Boston Globe and the Times Herald-Record.
My paintings begin with looking out my windows at a dramatic, southern view of the Catskills. Morning's mist envelopes the creek valley, mysteriously revealing and concealing. Afternoon brings warm light and shadows falling on the grid of fields and stonewalls. Tall, inky trees contrast against glowing skies of dusk and twilight. Night brings rich darkness punctuated by stars and moons. At all times there is a constant touchstone of a long, languid, line of light where the mountains meet the sky.
My visual response to these elements of nature is translated in to the lines, gestures, atmospheric spaces and geometric shapes found in my paintings. I use this vocabulary to find my images during the process of making them.
Emerge 2014 Kevin Bourgeois,Marc Brotherton, Michel Demanche, Steven Dobbin, Jordan Eagles,Elise Freda, Howard Gross, Norman Mooney, Lisa Pressman, John Richardson
October 2 - October 5, 2014 Learn more »
Interwoven Hosted by Warren Lewis Sotheby's International Realty at 299 Bedford Ave. @ S. 1st St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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