Elise Black's varied body of work is a marriage of creative paths the artist has taken as a painter, sculptor and designer in the fashion industry.. It is the culmination of a life-long creative journey of exploration and expression, and illustrates a fascination with materials: some functional, some mundane some decorative, as well as the by products of current and defunct industries. Paintings may begin on canvas or board but often divert from there, imposing upon the negative space around it by extending the existing planes. This dimensionality is achieved through collage and various other techniques…her use of color and composition are employed to convey the dreams and memories that serve as her inspiration. Sewn details are a recurring theme in the painterly works. Some works have exposed seams alluding to the artist's history and concern with construction, evident in her more sculptural and dimensional works.
Materials utilized in Black's work often include leather, fabric, yarn, glass, wood, metal, furniture parts, hardware, precious stone and found objects deemed worthy by virtue of inherent or potential beauty. It's not important what their intended use was in a previous life. Instead, they are celebrated for their intrinsic beauty and form.
Black's work appears in corporate and private collections worldwide and is included in the Permanent Art Collection of the town of Westport Ct. where the artist resides, as well as the Lower East Side in NYC. She is represented by C Parker Gallery, Greenwich, Ct.
• Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC 1979-1982
• Postgraduate studies include clay sculpture at F.I.T. with Jerry Luisi 1986-1988
• Metal Fabrication at Silvermine School of Art, New Canaan, Ct. 1992-2001
New York Society of Women Artists
Society of Ct. Sculptors
New Canaan Sculpture Association
Work History 1982-1991
Held freelance and staff positions as an illustrator and later as head designer in the fashion industry. Owned and operated Elise Black Design in NYC providing active sportswear manufacturers (such as Speedo, Rossignol, Mistral, Olympic Games and NFL Football licensees) with full design, graphic and merchandising services.
Selected Art Exhibitions 1996 to Present
1996 Whitney Gallery, Westport, Ct
1996 Nature Center, Westport, Ct
1997 Get Real Art, NYC
1998 “Global Vision”, Savacou Gallery, NYC
2001 125 Main Street, Westport, Ct. “Humanform” a one-woman multi-media installation in atrium(2001
2002 Westport Arts Center, Westport, Ct
2003 James Beard House, NYC
2004 Pleiades Gallery, NYC , New York Society of Women Artists
2004 Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, ct. NYSWA
2005 Carriage Barn, New Canaan, Ct. 80th anniversary show of NYSWA
2006 Westport Arts Center, Westport, Ct.
2007 “Emergence” one woman show at ChiArtcentre, Westport, Ct. (2007-2008)
2008 “The Circus in Sculpture”, Barnum Museum
2009 Westport Arts Center
2009 “Coloring Outside The Lines”, Great Hall, Westport Library
2010 “Texturally Inspired Diverse Works” by Elise Black, Troy Fine Art, Southport, ct.
2010 Richard’s, featured artist Greenwich, Ct.
2011 Mitchell’s featured artist, Westport, Ct.
2011, “Splash”, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Ct., Juror: Marianne Brunson Frisch * second prize
2011 Long term sculpture installation at the MLB Fan Cave, NYC
2012 100th Anniversary of Greenwich Arts Society juried show Bendheim Gallery Greenwich, Ct. Juror: Marla Prather, curator of 19th century modern and contemporary art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC*Prize
2012 “Explorations”: a journey of artistic possibilities, Seti Gallery, Kent, Ct
2012 “Art Takes Time Square”, billboard premier event, NYC
2012 “Akasha”, Rockwell Fine Art, Westport, Ct.
2013 “The Sweet Art Show”, Laura’s Fine Art, Westport, ct.
2013 Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
2014 Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
2014 Affordable Art Fair, NYC, Aibo Gallery
2014 Rowayton Art Center (guest juror)
2014 "Necessity", LeClerc Gallery, Norwalk,Ct.
2015 Affordable Art Fair, NYC Karyn Mannix Contemporary
2015 Art Hamptons, Bridegehampton, NY Karyn Mannix Contemporary
2015 Transform Gallery, NYC
2015 CT. Afforable Art Fair
2016 Ct. Affordable Art Fair
2016 "What comes to Be", Rockwell Art,
2016 "The Natural Realm", Eleish Van Breems
2017 LOVE Gallery, SONO, Ct.
2017 C.Parker Gallery, Greenwich, Ct.
2017 The Avenue Gallery, Norwalk, Ct
Westport Permanent Art Collection
Saugatuck Elementary School, Westport, Ct.
Kings Highway Elementary School, Westport, Ct.
World Cup Nursery School, Chappaqua, NY
Hillel, UCONN, Storrs Ct.
Various corporate and private collections