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)
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
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,Barcelona, Spain2002 SUMMER 2002 Galeria D'Art Zero, Barcelona,Spain 2002 Small Works 2002, International Arts and Conference Center, Kentucky 2002 Reactions, Exit Art, NY 2002 The Day After,Galeria D'Art Zero, Barcelona, Spain2002 Up To Kivipankki, Kivipankki Gallery,Jamsa, Finland2001 Grand Opening The Ninth Life Fine Art Gallery, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands2001 Small = Big IV Galeria d'Art Zero, Barcelona, Spain, 2001 Latin Grammy Awards, Musicares, American Airlines Arena Miami, Florida2001 Featured Artists, Indies Art Cafe Niceville, Florida2001 Art in Summer, Galeria d'Art Zero Barcelona, Spain2000 International Exhibition, The Sharjah Arts Museum Sharjah, UAE2000 Celebrity Art Auction 2000, The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin, Ireland1999 Licensing Show, Jacob Javits Center booth #1266 NY, 1997 Members Art Forum, Mills Pond House Gallery St. James, NY1994 Mills Pond House Gallery1994 Westchester Land Trust, Paramount East Gallery Peekskill, NY1992 Out of the Earth: Water Soil and Stone, The Gallery at Cox Aboretum, Ohio1987 The Nude National, The Wedge Gallery Rochester, NY1987 Impressions/Expressions 1987 Exhibit, Gallery 124, Kemper Center,Wisconsin1983 Cabo Frio International Print Biennial, Traveling exhibition Rio de Janeiro & 1983 San Joso Rio Prato, Brazil1983 Tokyo Museum, Japan1982 International Graphic Arts,Bilbao International Exhibition Centre Bilbao Spain1982 Komai Gallery Tokyo Japan1981 New Artists, Madison Square Garden, New York1981 21 Women Artists, Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York1980 Channel 13 Preview Exhibit, Lee Krasner, Soyer, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, NY1980 Muse Gallery, Phil., PA 1980 Salon des Surindependents, Musee de Luxembourg Paris, France1980 First International Festival of Women Artists, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum 1980 Copenhagen, Denmark1979 Benefit for ASPCA, Phillips Gallery, Auction House, New York1979 Benefit with Warhol: (Wilcox), Lichtenstein, Ma, Village Gate, New York1979 P.S. 1 Long Island, NY1979 Organization of Independent Artists, Bologna, Italy1977 Young Contemporary, 393 West Broadway, NYC 1977 Women In The Arts, Fort Lee Public Library Gallery Fort Lee, NJ1977 Artists Choice: traveling exhibition, SUNY, Chatham, VA Polytechnic & State 1977 University Randolph-Macon Woman's College1976 The Theme is Men, Art for Living Gallery, Henry Street Settlement, New York1976 Women In The Arts, WIA Gallery, Broome St., NYC 1973 Willem & Elaine de Kooning, Kaldis and others, The Brata Gallery, New York1971 Art Students League, NY 1970 The Rafter House Long Island, NY1969 Fence Show, Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn, NY, 1961 Children's Art, Lever Building New York, NY,
Who's Who in American Art 32nd, 2012 and 31st Edition, 2011 Marquis,
2010 Editor, Marquis, Who's Who in American Art 2010, 30th Anniversary edition.2009 Editor, Marquis, Who's Who In American Art2008 Editor, Marquis Publishing Who's Who InAmerican Art 2008, 28th Edition2007 Editor, Marquis Publishing Who's Who In American Art 2007-2008, 27th Edition2005 AskART.com Inc. -Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson Editor) The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005 2005 Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition 2005 Editor, Marquis Publishing Who's Who in American Art 2005-2006, 26th Edition 2005 Marquis Publishing National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals 2004 d'Artali, Gino Facing Faces, 2001-2004 The Art Selection 2004 McGowan, Alison C (Editor) Who's Who in American Art 2003 - 2004 (25th Edition) 2003 Editor, Artprice International Art Market Directory 2003 Editor, Artprice Artprice Annual, Technical Data 2002 Marisol Cavia, London Biennale 2002 (Documents all artists who took part) 2002 Marquis Who's Who of American Women 23rd Edition 2002 Editor, Artprice Artprice Annual, Technical Data 2002 Banks, Ruth (editor) America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2002 Creps, Bob The Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers 2001 Parket, Denise Who's Who Strathmore's 2001 Bowker, RR (editor) Who's Who in American Art 24th Edition (2001-2002) 2001 Opitz, Glenn, Editor Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers 2001 Editors, Who's Who in the 21st Century, IBC, UK 2001 Petruzzella, Nick Elissa Dorfman Flip Browser Book 2000 Bhushhan, Ravi (Ed) Biography Today, New Delhi, India Volume I 2000 Gifford, Jon Dictionary of International Biography (28th Edition) 2000 Editors Who's Who in American Art 24th Edition 1998 Marquis Who's Who Who's Who in American Art, 1998 23rd Edition 1997 Editors, Dictionary Of International Biography, IBC, 26th and 28th Edition, Cambridge, England 1997 Marquis Who's Who Who's Who in American Art 1997-1998 1996 Evans, J M American Biographical Institute: Two Thousand Notable American Women 1996 Lomelin, Olga The Agenda Del Arte 1996 1993 Maccabe, Arthur B Computer Systems: Architecture, Organization, and Programming 1993 Shapiro, Henry D How to Program Well: A Collection of Case Studies 1992 Editor, Running Press Publ. A Personal Journal (quote and art by women) 1987 Franklin, Constance Ed. Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America 1985 Clio Press, Guide to Exhibited Artists1982 Veronica Smith, Clio Press, International Directory of Exhibiting Artists, 1982 Arteder '82 Feria Internacional de Muestras de Bilbao 1982 Japan: A.U. Mail Art Book I 1976 Ed. Women in Arts Foundation * Artists Choice
Times Of Northport, 2006,Le Nouveau Journal, Paris, France, Aug. 8, 1979,Le Nouveau Journal, Paris, France, Aug.11, 1979,The Record, March 7, 1978,