Beatriz Elorza, “Rise,” 2013, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches (New York Series)

A fascinating selection of paintings by Beatriz Elorza are the center of attention at Rafael Gallery in New York City. Titled “Blooming Emotions,” the show invites viewers to compare and contemplate two groups of the artist’s recent paintings.

On October 3, Rafael Gallery in New York City will open “Blooming Emotions,” featuring two bodies of work — one created in New York City and one in London — by Beatriz Elorza. According to the gallery, Elorza’s larger-than-life works present a wonderful conundrum, “walking a tightrope between abstract and representational art, with the latter serving as a point of entry, inviting us to a deeper exploration of the emotional content.”

Beatriz Elorza, “Get Me In,” 2017, mixed media on canvas, 47 x 59 inches (London Series)
Beatriz Elorza, “Inside,” 2013, mixed media on canvas, 36 x 36 inches (New York Series)
Beatriz Elorza, “Essence,” 2013, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 60 inches (New York Series)
Beatriz Elorza, “Aria,” 2017, mixed media on canvas, 47 x 47 inches (London Series)
Beatriz Elorza, “Breaking Diagonals,” 2017, mixed media on canvas, 43 x 55 inches (London Series)

Discussing her evolution and work, Elorza adds, “Growing up in Santander, I was surrounded by the beauty of the sea landscape, and came to realize that nature itself is all beauty. That’s why I found my inspiration in nature. Painting is an escape from my architectural background, where straight lines define boundaries and intrude upon free movement. My paintings talk about life, about freedom, the freedom I feel when I’m in front of my white canvas. Nature provides a vehicle for me to combine and express the dynamism and tensions of my unconscious. Each painting evolves in an unpredictable way — I follow my instincts and let the painting guide me through the whole process, trusting the marks my unconscious leaves through the brush on the canvas.”

To learn more, visit Rafael Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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