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Elyse Harrison

Elyse Harrison

Artist Work

Portrait #1 from The Inside Out Collection
2018
acrylic on canvas
40" x 30" x 2"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
301-718-0809
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

"Elyse Harrison has developed a distinctive approach to fantasy, a whimsical style that involves heavily outlined and abstracted figures painted in bright, flat colors. In her large public murals, the artist employs this style in a straightforward illustrative mode. In a smaller format paintings, however, she seeks something with a little bite to it: an "Edward Goey sort of whimsy", as she so aptly puts it. The work might indeed recall that of the famous illustrator whose cartoon drawings convey rather dark subjects. Yet, even more appropriate is a comparison to Paul Klee, both in approach to metaphorical subject as well as in inventiveness of technique. Harrison's art seems childlike, and in the sense that it emerges from a rich creative base of memories and feelings, especially those inspired by listening to music, it is much like Klee's: seemingly artless and unsophisticated even when it evinces an undeniable sophistication."

Claudia Rousseau, Ph. D.