May 8, 2019
Elliott Lloyd: Color Wave, Paintings from 1973 to 1977
May 8, 2019


This series documents a major transition in the artist’s approach to his painting practice in the early 1970s; moving away from shaped compositions with rigorously planned color palettes and meticulously executed stained canvases to a freer, spontaneous approach that was loose, followed impulses and organically constructed large-scale compositions with layers of translucent and opaque color.

The paintings in this exhibition represent a major turning point for Lloyd. His approach during the 1960s was to control and meticulously plan the color and composition of his paintings, pouring dilute pigment onto unprimed canvas with an approach similar to watercolor painting. Realizing that shaped canvases necessarily had an interaction with the wall, and thus his compositions, Lloyd wanted the canvas to be neutral and his approach more automatic, dynamic and fluid. The paintings in Color Wave were painted off the stretcher, which gave the artist more freedom to follow impulses and gestures to their natural conclusion, not constrained by a predetermined shape or size of canvas. When the paintings were finished, Lloyd decided the final composition using tape to mark the outer perimeter, which determined the ultimate dimensions of the completed work. Most of the paintings in this series have never been stretched or presented before, and this is the first exhibition of this series as a cohesive group.

Lloyd’s application of the pigment in these paintings from 1973 to 1977 was very different from his earlier works, it was more saturated, thicker and bolder. He physically moved and brushed the paint, the colors were crashing into one another and puddling, mixing and overlapping on the canvas with dynamic strokes and color harmonies. This series led to the artist’s very successful transition to other experimental series of works that explored color, diverse media and supports made of wide-ranging materials—from canvas and paper to clay, glass, Plexiglas and mixed media collages—with compositions derived from organic combinations of pigment and free-flowing gestures.

Elliott Lloyd (1937-2017) was born in Sioux City, Iowa, studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to New York in 1961. He had solo exhibitions at the Soho Center for Visual Artists, Hal Bromm Gallery, and Abraham Sachs Gallery and also exhibited with Susan Caldwell, Robert Elkon and Tibor De Nagy galleries in New York. His work is in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, Newark Museum, New Jersey, James A. Michener Collection, University of Texas, Austin, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York and Chase Bank among other institutions and private collections. Lloyd’s exhibitions and artworks have been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, Art Forum, Art International, Art in America, and Art News among other publications. Lloyd was and instructor at the Parsons School of Design, where he taught drawing for twelve years. Lloyd lived and worked in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

David Richard Gallery is pleased to be the exclusive representative of the Elliott Lloyd Estate.

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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