Liz Gribin

With a nomination for a National Medal of Arts, an award given by the President of the United States from the National Council of the Arts, and continued success throughout galleries across the United States, Liz Gribin continues to evolve into one of the East Coast's most celebrated artists. The nomination, which was initiated through her alma mater, Boston University, is the highest honor given by the United States Government to artists and arts patrons. Gribin is not new to receiving such accolades, having won numerous awards for her acrylics on canvas from the National Association of Womens Artists, the National Arts Club, and the National Society of Painters. She also received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Advancing Arts on Long Island in 1996 and in 2000 was named a Living Legend during the United States Library of Congress Bicentennial. Gribin's paintings have been self-described as Post-Abstract Realism, usually bonding the human form with its environment - breaking into the figure and tying it to the background, so that the figure and ground hold together. The form and composition is by no means rigid, but free and still cohesive at the same time. Influences include Japanese art, which Gribin was drawn to during her tenure at Boston University, Matisse, for his use of color, drawings by Picasso, and Californian artist Richard Diebenkorn.

"The human figure is the theme of my art. My work is classical in spirit, but handled in contemporary terms. It is a personal expression of my own feelings, and the result of first-hand experience and emotional trials. As I work directly from the model, reality is my starting point and becomes my vehicle for artistic expression. I combine both abstract and figurative elements in my paintings which allows me to free myself from the conventional. I want each work to be a new and challenging adventure for me as well as the viewer. Making an artistic statement is what is most important to me, not reproducing nature."