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.


Education

 

• 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

 

Associations

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    

             to 2008). 

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