Like a sunset, or sublime experience, the brushy undulations and deep earthy color palette of Liz Ainslie’s paintings, defy the digital age and beg us to slow down and observe what is right infront of us. The abstract shapes in her oil paintings nest snugly together as subdued ochres, grey greens, dark blues and blacks, allowing the occasional flesh tone, turquoise, or red to sing on an otherwise serious surface. Sometimes wobbly, the shapes abutt each other and compete for space, almost running each other off the edge of the canvas.
Frequently using her time outside the city to binge on observational drawing of seascapes and countrysides—Liz also takes photographs of dilapidated storefronts—these tangential practices fuel her painting, imbibing each canvas with the flowing energy of nature, the energy of life lived.
The seasoned eye will recognize the organization and palette of her paintings as a progression from modern American painters such as Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove and Milton Avery. Abstracting to the utmost, Ainslie follows her intuition, applying the colors of a billowing tree, cumulous clouds or rolling hills of grass to amorphous shapes flanked, stacked and interrupting each other with casual, incongruous coloration that neither describes nor defines them. This dark beauty may best be appreciated by the claustrophobic urban dweller who sees only buildings but longs for the winding road.
Liz Ainslie received her MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a BFA in Painting/Printmaking from Alfred University. She has exhibited widely in New York with solo exhibitions at Airplane (Brooklyn) and Creon Gallery (Manhattan). Her work has been included in many group exhibitions including: Ground Floor Gallery, Outlet Fine Art, Centotto, Parallel Art Space, Small Black Door, Sardine, Norte Maar (all Brooklyn), Valentine (Queens), Lu Magnus (Manhattan) Vox Populi (Philadelphia) and Gallerie Kritiku (Prague, Czech Republic). Her work has been reviewed in Giornale Dell' Arte, ArtCal Zine, Two Coats of Paint; and interviews with Ainslie can be found on blogs including And Freedom For, Pencil in the Studio, #fffffff Walls and Hrag Vartanian. Ainslie was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Grant, and received a scholarship to study in Rome from Tyler School of Art.