Alise Loebelsohn
Medium: Painting and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
threes brewing 333 douglass st
Studio # ground floor

Phone: 3475171328



Artist Bio:

Alise Loebelsohn graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting. She used her skills to open a mural/decorative painting business, which she started 20 years ago. While learning specialized skills such as polished plaster and gold leaf she began to incorporate this in her artwork. The surface and what lies beneath are very important in her work. It is by building up layers of pattern and color that one feels there is a depth to the surface.
This past year, Alise has shown her work in Aqua Gallery, Art Basel Miami, Prince Street Gallery, Pleiades Gallery, a solo show at Green point Gallery and Two person show at Blam gallery, Bushwick and Limner Gallery in Hudson NY. She is represented by Julio Valdez project space and showed at the Affordable Art Fair last spring. She is currently showing at the Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto Canada.
Alise lives with her husband and two sons in NYC.

Artist Statement:
My paintings emerge out of the process of materials used. I begin the paintings by layering the surface with many layers of plaster. This material contains marble dust, lime and plaster.

By layering the plaster and compressing the material, the plaster builds a polished shine. The force of the compression of layers reveals a cross section of materials, as the layers in earth through the passage of time. Line and color are very important as well. The line should separate the spaces and eventually create a shape. The line quality moves through space and divides areas. I then think about how the color will relate to the line and the overall composition. I wish to create an overall harmony within the surface.

My work is about the patterns and images that randomly appear in nature all around us. The shapes are built up through different layers that are applied and scraped away. A line from one layer may come through another layer and a shape is formed. It is not an outline, but the building up of line and color, like memories that can fade but then come to the surface if something sparks a memory. I am interested in those murky areas where there are no clear truths. It is here where I try to imagine the laws of imaginary worlds and how I can make sense of the universe in which we live.

All images and text copyright Alise Loebelsohn