Melora Griffis Figurative Painting - look away
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Melora Griffis
look away

2010

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Melora Griffis' "look away" is a 32.5 x 21.5 inch oil on canvas portrait of a woman. On an emerald green background the figure emerges from strong painterly strokes in white, mauve, mustard, and gray blue. Red lips and an arched eyebrow define feminine beauty while the remainder of the portrait disappears into abstraction. Drawing on the visual traditions of German Expressionist painters including Otto Dix and George Grosz, Melora Griffis paints with masterful strokes and an expressive palette. In “look away” she explores the representational qualities of abstraction and the non-objective qualities of figuration. On Griffis’ work, art critic Doug McClemont writes, “the artist’s emotional portraits could well be compared with those of contemporaries Chantal Joffe and Tabboo! With their blurred edges and dramatic use of color, Griffis’ work convey[s] the impression that memories and retellings can be strangely cloaked and yet, nevertheless, poignant” (review of “wings and murmurs” at 571 Projects NYC, ARTnews). A native New Yorker, Griffis received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT) and her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo exhibitions at the Pamela Williams Gallery (Amagansett, NY), Lizan Tops Gallery and AE Gallery (both East Hampton, NY), Whitney Art Works (Greenport, NY), The Boylan Gallery (Rhinebeck, NY), Blue Heron Arts Center (New York, NY) and 571 Projects (New York, NY). Her work has been included in group shows at The Waterfront Museum (Brooklyn, NY), White Columns (New York, NY), Bowman/Bloom Gallery (New York, NY), and Boltax Gallery (Shelter Island, NY) among others. Griffis has received fellowships from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, (Ithaca, NY), Schloss Pluschow (Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Germany), The Edward F. Albee Foundation (Montauk, NY) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA).

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions

    H 32 in. x W 21.5 in. x D 1.25 in.

    H 81.28 cm x W 54.61 cm x D 3.18 cm

  • Gallery location
    Stowe, VT
  • Reference number
    LU56031875543

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