Elizabeth Awalt: Sea Change

April 07 - May 04, 2017 Request information about this piece


April 7 – May 4, 2017 

Opening Reception Friday, April 7th, 6–8 pm

Artist’s Talk: Saturday, April 22, 2-4 pm


Matter & Light is delighted to announce a solo exhibition from veteran Boston painter Elizabeth Awalt. Awalt’s visionary and expressive paintings draw from a lifetime of observing the natural world, seeking out oft-overlooked aspects of nature.

The paintings that comprise “Sea Change” take inspiration from the artist’s close, careful studies of the subaquatic universe of Caribbean coral reefs and Maine tidal pools. The work included in this show ranges from large oil paintings on canvas to intimate round paintings on wood. This range in scale and shape reflect the artist’s interest in both the macro and micro view of nature. Through a range of practices, from scuba diving to examining tiny organisms under the lens of a magnifying glass she immerses herself in both.

Awalt’s painting process is an organic one and consists of pouring, wiping, sanding and applying large gestural strokes of paint until the work achieves a balance between the seen and the felt.  These new paintings invite us to enter a world of beauty, chaos, and turbulence They express awe and anxiety about our fragile environment in these worrisome times.

Elizabeth Awalt has exhibited widely, with solo shows at the Danforth Museum, Clark Gallery, Soprafina Gallery and Thomas Segal Gallery in the Boston area. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, McMullen Museum, Rose Art Museum, and Decordova Museum. Awalt’s work is in the collections of the Danforth, Decordova, Rose, Snite, and McMullen Art Museums and in corporate collections nationwide.


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