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Jazz Cubano 42: Percussion Drawing

2012

Single piece Signed Dated Titled

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Size

76.2 x 76.2 cm
30.00 x 30 in

Reference

4eb1e0fb

Year

2012

Medium

Drawings & Works on Paper

TECHNIQUE: FLASHE & PENCIL ON PAPER

This work is part of a series titled Jazz Cubano.

This series builds on Priest’s long fascination with Cuban Jazz.

She analyzes the space and movement created by the complex rhythms of this musical style and attempts to reconstruct them abstractly.
She mimics the layered complexity of the Cuban Jazz through the physicality of her works.

From afar the surfaces of her paintings appear flat, but up close their collage elements add dimensionality, blurring the line between two and three-dimensional space.

1951 , United States

Ellen Priest is an American abstract artist who is inspired by music and most notably by jazz. She lives and works near Philadelphia.


Education

Priest received her Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1977 with a dual qualification in Christianity and the Visual Arts. As an artist, she is largely self-taught.


Technique

Ellen Priest's jazz-based abstractions balance directly on the border between painting and sculpture – vibrantly colored spatial illusions when reading from a distance and 3-D relief constructions of layered, collaged paper when seen up close.


Inspiration

Jazz has been her subject matter since 1990. Drawing is always central to her process, as well as standing on its own.
The artist's inspiration comes from surprisingly diverse sources:
• Life-long visual art influences include Cezanne's late watercolors, Matisse's color and compositional structure, and Abstract Expressionism, especially the paintings of Willem De Kooning and Joan Mitchell.
• The rhythmic and harmonic structures in jazz and related African and Latin American music.
• Her athletic pursuits, since her paintings are really about movement. Priest's favorite sports are "balance sports," where motion depends on weight and balance thrown off-centre, often in response to terrain, like skiing.


Notable distinctions

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has twice awarded Priest major grants to support her innovation.


Relevant quote

In July 2010, art critic Victoria Donohoe wrote about Priest?s work in two Wilmington exhibitions for The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Priest deliberately blurs the boundary between painting and jazz in her Venezuelan Suite painted collages. These use form as a language of music... Seeing jazz as full of joy and energy, able to transform sadness, Priest uses it successfully here to create materialized movement in actual worlds of coloured space.”


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