New York, NY, United States
About Elissa Dorfman
ELISSA DORFMAN Artist Statement - My main emphasis has been to create my own way of painting. I had the basics, but went into new areas by instinct. I painted Egyptian paintings in the early 1970s. Then I worked on paintings I call Consciousness Art. For example, portraying how the land and water looked 100 years ago compared to today. There was a period in which I painted Native American Indian Art and learned about their culture. From the early 1970s I developed my own style that I called Expansionism. Beginning of Expansionism by Elissa Dorfman Description: From the early 1970's I developed my own style that I called Expansionism--everything I sense I expand (that certain something, hunch, instinct, thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs). The inner dynamics (the inner world) of the subject expand beyond its outward appearance, and into the environment (divine matrix, the field, nature's mind, mind of god, quantum hologram). Two places science got it wrong. 1. The space we believe is empty is really not. It is full of a living material, pulsating essence. 2. We may experience inside of our bodies that influence the world beyond through the conduit in this space. Then I went into Scientific paintings of molecules, genes, cells, etc. My whole life, I have worked on color combinations and strived to perfect my technique. I am about to enter another phase of my career. I create art because I feel the need to and enjoy it. Elissa is in many private collections throughout the world. She has a wide range of subjects, erotica, fantasy, humor, interiors, landscapes, moods, nature, patterns, people, places, and still life. Elissa's Artist File at Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art MOMA Queens Artist File, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library Artist File. Elissa is a member of, Artist Equity, New York City, Visual Artists And Galleries Association, (VAGA) New York City, National Museum Of Women In The Arts, Life Member Of Art Students League N.Y.C., The Society Of Arts Academy, United Kingdom Elissa Dorfman creates contemporary oil and watercolors paintings in abstract realistic and figurative style. She has exhibited around the world in many galleries and museums. Tokyo Museum, Museum de Luxembourg Paris, France Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum Copenhagen, Denmark and others. Elissa has been in group and benefit shows with Andy Warhol, Willem & Elaine de Kooning, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Rivers, Krasner, Soyer, Appel etc.
Exhibiting last January "Smiles" at the Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland. At this time "FacingFaces," traveling exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Antwerp Belgium, Dunbar, South Africa, Fredericton, Canada, Mindanao, Philippines Elissa has held the post of Artist-in-residence at the University of Maryland. She has been published in 37 books such as, "The International Art Market Directory" Artprice, Paris. "A Personal Journal" Running Press, Who's Who In American Art" R.R. Bowker, Davenport's art reference, and many others. Elissa Dorfman(b.1950)American,2014 Smithsonion American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Libraries'Collections N.W. Washington, D.C.2001-2014 The Society of Arts Academy, UK 1999-2014 Women's Art Library Fulham Palace, Bishops Ave., London,UK1999-2014 Collections/Women Artists Archives, The Ruben Salazar Library Sonoma 1999-2014 State University, Rohnert Park, CA1996-2014 Member:Artist Equity1987-2014 Member: National Museum of Women in the Arts1987-2014 Archives on Women Artists, The Library and Research Center National 1987-2014 Museum of Women in the Arts,Washington DC1984-2014 Lifetime Member: Art Students League 1972-2014 Member: Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA)1976-2014.- 3 Year Printmaking Study with Conover New School for Social Research 1976-1979 Parsons, (textile, illustration, silkscreen)1972 Pratt Graphics Center (lithographs)1970-1972 Education with John Hovannes and Isaac Soyer Art Students League1970-1971 Education with Isaac Soyer Brooklyn Museum1969-1971 Education City University of New York1968-1969 Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T) Solo Exhibitions 2002 Galeria D'Art Zero, Barcelona, Spain,1982 Expansionism, Galler Fuji Osaka, Japan, 1982 Expansionism, Art Space Gallery Hyogo, Japan,1980 artist-in-residence) University of Maryland, 1979 Galerie Raymond Duncan Paris, France,1979 Expansionism Collectors Gallery New York, NY Group Exhibitions 2014 Benefit For The Homeless, Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation, New York 2013 Postcards from The Edge Event, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York 2013 Works On Paper, Hospital For Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York 2013 2nd Annual Summer Exhibition, Manhattan Borough President's Office, New York, 2012 Postcards From the Edge Benefit, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York, 2011 Postcards From the Edge Benefit, CRG Gallery,New York, 2010 "Facing Faces" 't Steentje Grote Markt 442300 Turnhout, Belgium, 2010 "Facing Faces" Lange Gasthuisstraat 212000 Antwerpen, Belgium,2010 Postcards From the Edge Benefit, ZieherSmith Gallery, NY2009 Postcards From the Edge Benefit, Metro Pictures, NY2008 "Prints for Peace" Leopoldo Carpinteyro Gallery of IMNRC Intituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey NL Mexico. 2008 The Tile Project, Destination: The World, Chang Hai International in Beijing, and the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad, India. 2008 Gallery Sigvardson,Int'l Art & Culture Festival Denmark2008 Treasure Postcards, Sewall Belmont House and Museum, Washington,DC 2008 Treasure Postcards '08 Benefit, The Ninth Street Gallery, Washington, DC2007 Postcards From the Edge Benefit, James Cohan Gallery, NY2007 Global Warming-A Hot Time in the Old Town,Asylum Gallery,Sacramento,CA2007 Showdown, Saatchi Online, UK2006 Postcards From The Edge Benefit, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY2006 Post It, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, UK2006 Paws For Picture, Memphis Shelby County Humane Society at Cafe Francisco,2006 Memphis,TN 2006 Vanderbilt Museum (Planetarium) Lift Off Centerport, N.Y.2006 The Iowa Biennial Exhibition, miniature prints, Kirkwood College, 2006 The University of Iowa, traveling2006 C.A.U.S.E. Coalition of Artists United for Social Engagement2006 Programa Del Muchacho Trabajador del Banco Central del Equador to travel to 2006 Quito, Ibarra, Esmeraldas,2006 Riobamba, all cities in Ecuador and Museo del Banco Central del Equador.2005 Project Storm, International Artists and Houston Galleries Fundraiser, benefiting Katrina 2005 victims, El Dorado Ballroom,TX2005 Postcards from the Edge Benefit, Robert Miller Gallery, NY2005 Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Liberty County Arts Center,Montana2005 The Artcard, The Sharjah Art Museum, UAE2004 Postcards from the Edge benefit,Brent Sikkema Gallery, NY 2004 Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis, Whitefish Community Pavilion,Montana2004 BAM benefit,Iranian House Of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran2004 FacingFaces, traveling exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands,Antwerp Belgium, 2004 Dunbar South Africa, Fredricton, Canada, Mindanao, Philippines2003 Postcards from the Edge Galerie Lelong, NY2003 Royal Castle,Warsaw Poland 2002 "Vision" Gallery 14, The Global Cafe, London, UK2002 The Celebrity Art Auction,The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin, Ireland2002 Postcards from the Edge Sperone Westwater Gallery, NY2002 London Biennale 2002, 291 Gallery, London, UK, 2002 Prints Without Borders, Galeria D'Art Zero,Barcelo