Helmholz Fine Art presenting Elizabeth Torak solo show
"Living in Vermont for 24 years, walking daily through its woods and fields, I have come to see the landscape not as a series of scenes, but as a dynamic exchange of energy between earth, sun, sky, and atmosphere," Torak said in a release issued by the gallery. "The paintings in this new body of work, primarily landscape-based abstractions, draw the viewer into a world of infinite and varied energies moving through time and space. For example, in 'Fall Into Night' the painting's rhythmic path begins among the autumn-tinged pastels of spring, leaps to a brilliant fall day — then steps off day's edge into night. The viewer travels from one frame of experience to another and back again, changed by the journey."
"I began this show with the goal of painting without inhibitions, internal or external; the result is my boldest and freest body of work to date. Abstract at the apparent level, each painting tells a story using the language of color, brushwork, design, and the texture and quality of the paint itself," Torak said in the release. "My meticulously prepared surfaces, hand-ground paint, and the mediums I make and use, including Maroger medium, enable me to bring the highest degree of luminosity and expressiveness to this work."
A versatile artist of extraordinary range, Torak is a master painter in both the classical and abstract traditions. In both genres, her work is known for its complexity, movement, and dense color harmonies.
She started painting at age 13, started her professional career at 27, and attended the Art Students League where she studied with legendary instructor Frank Mason.
In her 30-plus years as a professional artist, Torak has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country including the San Diego Art Institute and the Butler Museum of American Art.
She has received over 40 awards and is listed in Who's Who in America and the Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S.: Colonial to 2002.
Gallery owner Lisa Helmholz-Adams said she is privileged to continue what has evolved into a 21-year exclusive partnership with Torak.
She has enjoyed helping shape her career with a ring side seat "watching this extraordinary artist paint masterpieces that would sometimes take five years to complete." (Torak's paintings "The Feast of Venus" and "The Beat Goes On" took two years). Her work has transformed over the years to include representative forms, still life, and within the past 10 years a re-invention pivot to abstract art forms.
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