the artist

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Havertown, PA

Elizabeth Wilson

Artist Elizabeth Wilson’s current work is primarily landscape; inspired by nature, sky watching in particular. She is interested in topography that has strong visual structure, such as a round treetop, bush, rock, etc…. Over the past several years, she has been developing work derived from several short visits to the rocky coastlines of Greenport, NY.  Wilson has also been working on a series of very small self portraits (“Character Studies”).  These began to unintentionally take on the personal characteristics of friends, family and people and personalities she has observed and the title of the series derives from this.  Another series in development are views through windows. This has been a slowly developing idea which had many false starts but eager to begin working on them in earnest. Street photography has been a decades long preoccupation. Textures, light, shape, color, recessional space and shallow space are areas of interest.  Wilson will on occasion have figures dotted through her images.  In all her work past and present, she is interested in creating work with a strong sense of time, place and visual harmony. Wilson continues to be heavily reliant on conceptual abstraction in regards compositional structure and integrity.  Hence, she is an abstractionist who paints in a representational manner with an atmospheric sensitivity.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired an older piece from Wilson, titled Memorial Day Picnic, which was completed in the early 1990s.

Gallery Photo Credit: Chris Nissen

Fast Facts

Name: Elizabeth Wilson


Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1979 – Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
1984 – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1985 – University of Pennsylvania

Significant or special training:
Travel to Europe, looking at great art, architecture, nature, eating great food, experiencing different cultures and customs
Anthropology (Temple University & University of Pennsylvania)
Art History – History of Prints (University of Pennsylvania)
Teaching experience – I ran a design studio for matriculated freshman architecture students at Temple University & Philadelphia University. Fine Arts majors at the University of the Arts, Community College of Philadelphia and a Gouache Workshop at the Art Students League in New York.

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Arthur DeCosta
Roswell Weidner
Ben Kamihira
Sidney Goodman

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
This is an ever-changing list, though most consistently are:
Alice Neel
Diane Arbus
Hans Holbein (the Younger)Fairfield Porter
Jane Freilicher
Piero della Fransesca
Jan Van Eyck
Edgar Degas
Jaun Gris
Edouard Vulliard
Pierre Bonnard
Edouard Manet
Pieter Brughel
Albrecht Durer
Piet Mondrian
Edvard Munch
Isaak Levitan
Francesca Woodman
Diego R. Velazquez
Jaun Sanchez CatonBen Kamihira
Lucien Freud
Antonio Lopez Garcia
Ando HiroshigeJulie Heffernan
Russian Constructavists
Cycladic figures

Favorite materials or media:

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Morpeth Contemporary – Hopewell, New Jersey
South Street Gallery – Greenport, New York

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