Beverly Crilly
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
280 Nevins Street
Studio # 3-3


Artist Bio:
Each painting is a journey, built in layers- full of contradictions, mistakes, clean slates, experiments, memories, scars, truths, pain, stories, ideas, and need.
Thank you to my????numerous teachers including Rebecca Crowell and Robert Weatherford at the Ah Haa School for the Arts,????Telluride, Colorado. I have also taken classes at SVA, Pratt Institute, and the New York Academy of Art.????????
Shows and exhibitions include:
Congregation Beth Elohim Members Art Show 2018
Artivism at Monmouth University April/May 2018.
Gowanus Open Studios October 2017.
Pieces are held by private collectors in New York City, Telluride, Colorado, Philadelphia, PA, West Lafayette, IN and Durham, NC.
Born and raised in and around New York City I currently live in Park Slope with my husband and three children.I paint. Sometimes. I think about it almost all the time. As with most things, for me, shifting from inside my brain to action takes time and support. Thank you for your support.

Artist Statement:
These paintings were all created in oil, pigment and wax
Each work is a journey, built in layers- full of contradictions, mistakes, clean slates, experiments, memories, scars, truths, pain, stories, ideas, and need.

Each of the works starts with viscous, sticky oil paint and oil bars smeared, dragged, pushed or scraped across the hard blank wooden surface. They create wonderfully saturated color fields and bold lines. These are the groundwork, the 'I statements'- deeply held beliefs, subconscious, and guttural utterances of beginning. Sometimes these grounding marks are literal phrases: gratitude, radical empathy, place of joy, acceptance, love, sanctuary. Others are pure movement, symbol, direction or shape.

These raw emotional statements leave the board open and vulnerable- revealing essence and truth. The journey always begins and is informed with these marks. These beginnings are covered and built upon layer by layer- obscuring, supplementing, and transforming these initial gestures.

The textured layers are created by mixing pigments- oil paints, pastels, and charcoals into cold wax which adds transparency and dimension and allows a more translucent color to be spread with a spatula or brayer across the surface.

Layers of thoughtful and intuitive mark making, sharp contrasts, textures, and masks add depth and meaning to these pieces, just as conversation, exploration, interactions, relationships, struggle and growth add dimension to people.

I can take a pencil or pastel bar and draw directly onto the surface- rewriting the story or merely amending details- sometimes the pencil gouges the surface, scarring it to reveal color from layers below and sometimes it just marks the surface.

All of the pieces are marked with memory and story. I brayer textured papers, plastics, leaves, string to imprint patterns and texture into each piece,- all sorts of ephemera captured and transformed (ing).

Work is revealed through areas with layers scraped away, like Intimacy and vulnerability in relationships.

Time and experience leads to grit and interest. I fold in dirt, sand, charcoal, graphite, pastel and even glitter for texture and depth. The struggle and work.

Once these layers are built up I am able transform surfaces in surprisingly fluid ways??? by pouring solvents to dissolve multiple/varying layers- leaving fragments like dreams and tangents.

I began creating art after my kids were born. I saw stories everywhere and longed to interact with them. This medium is perfect. It allows me to incorporate found objects, fragments, disparate thoughts, and tangents, as well as intuitively and intentionally developing composition and color.

Thanks for sharing this story.

All images and text copyright Beverly Crilly