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Byzantine Drawing
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Byzantine Drawing #27
Image size: 17 1/2 x 27"
Paper size: 20 x 30"
Frame size: 27 3/4 x 38"
Unique acrylic painting on watercolor paper
$950 ($1,265 framed
)

Byzantine Drawing #15

Byzantine Drawing #15
Image size: 17 1/2 x 27"
Paper size: 20 x 30"
Unique acrylic painting on watercolor paper
$950



Square

Square #15
Image size: 21 x 20"
Unique acrylic painting on watercolor paper
$800


From the artist...
In my youthful, truth-seeking days, I wrote reams of justifications for my work. Now that the work has matured, and I, simultaneously put less and less value on truth, words have become irrelevant. So, when called upon to explain what I do, I am inclined to say, “What you see is what you get.”

Couched in that flippant response is a firm conviction that the visual arts are exactly that—visual. No meanings. No messages. No preachments. No symbols. Politics, philosophy, the human condition, the environment and other causes about which people paint, perform and sculpt these days are subjects for discourse—best expressed with words. Attempts to transform them into pictorial images tend to become mere illustration—most often jejune.

My goal is to surprise and engage the mind by seducing the eye. Toward that end I rely on pattern. The term “decorative” has been applied to my work—most often in a negative sense. But, that’s okay with me, for some of the most important art is essentially decorative. Islamic rugs, Greek column capitals, Navajo textiles, Byzantine mosaics, Baroque architectural embellishments … and so forth.

We all understand a row of triangles, a strip of squares, an arrangement of circles and swirls. No need to ask their meaning. They simply are what they are. They speak to us universally and without apology.

“My goal is to surprise and engage the mind by seducing the eye,” says Quisgard. “Toward that end I rely on pattern. We all understand a row of triangles, a strip of squares, an arrangement of circles and swirls. No need to ask their meaning. They simply are what they are. They speak to us universally and without apology.”

Her wall hangings are composed of energetic patterns of yarn stitched into a stiff buckram backing, worked in Quisgard’s signature, ebullient color choices. Her paintings are acrylic or oil on canvas, some incorporating found objects. Many of the wall squares resemble abstract mosaics, symmetrical in design, while other pieces are free-form and eccentric.

An award-winning, nationally renowned artist, Liz Whitney Quisgard lives and works in New York City. Among her numerous grants and awards, she received the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001, and has been chosen for residencies at the Millay Colony and the Yaddo Colony, among others.


Click here to read more about Liz Whitney Quisgard from the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

VIVID: Works by Liz Whitney Quisgard
A 2014-2015 exhibition at The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas



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