Artist StatementIn every facet of my life as an artist, I see the world as both logical and mysterious. My figurative work speaks to this dichotomy by depicting ordinary human perceptions through extraordinary characters. I employ bold color and patterns in my paintings which serve as a foundation for the solitary, absurd and determined characters I invent. I am attracted to the hard-edged, precise techniques found in pop art, graphic design and comic art which I utilize to produce direct, smoothly painted canvasses. The results are beguilingly simple, an easy gateway for the more complex psychological themes that stir beneath the surfaces of my work. Elyse Harrison Summer 2019
Elyse Harrison has been producing and exhibiting her art primarily in the Washington, DC area since the mid 1970’s. Her work includes both fine art paintings and commercially commissioned site-specific murals. She is the recipient of four Individual Artist Grants from The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland and has produced ten murals for The Maryland State Arts Council’s Artists in Education Program. Her art has been reviewed in The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, Modernism Magazine and The Baltimore City Paper. She was the owner operator of Gallery Neptune, a regional contemporary gallery from 2003-2010, and the owner-operator of Studio Neptune, an art education program from 1990-2017 both located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Upcoming exhibits include a three person exhibit "Communicating Vessels" opening January 25, 2020 at The American University Museum at The Katzen Center, curated by Dr. Claudia Rousseau, PhD.