Eric Elliott: In Studio

Eric Elliott, Dissolving Studio, 2012, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (courtesy o
Eric Elliott, Dissolving Studio, 2012, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (courtesy of James Harris Gallery)

Amanda Manitach visits the studio of painter Eric Elliott whose exhibition Pairings is on view at James Harris Gallery, Seattle through February 16, 2013.

Manitach writes that in Elliott's work paint is "slowly and painstakingly built up in daubs, nearly curls off the canvas like calcified petals, resembling the flora with which he is obsessed. (His botanical illustrations fill notebooks scattered around his studio; dried bouquets languish in vases.) Elliott’s fascination with rendering the representational abstract is consistently apparent in his work: the subject of his paintings is sometimes legible, sometimes it spastically dissolves. Pairings takes this study of abstraction to a dialogic place. As per the title, Pairings displays paintings side-by-side as diptychs and triptychs, situating identical or related subjects next to one another. Yet each is executed with different approaches to material and mark making that evolve as part of the ongoing painting process"