Abstract Expressionism as defined by Elizabeth Clement
January 2013 – Wikipedia definition: an American post-World War 2 art movement. PBS.org definition: The dominant trend in western painting throughout the 1950s began with a handful of American artists later termed Abstract Expressionists. Their paintings were often made of shapes, lines and forms not meant to depict a “reality” from the visible world. New York museums such as MoMA and the Guggenheim built their reputations upon the movement.
Virginia based artist Elizabeth Clement has said of her own work, “Whether my work is simple or saturated with color and shapes, I begin working randomly, waiting for the right style to begin to form and express the need and desire to go one way or the other. Thus, my paintings are quite varied in content. Each beginning is considered a means of expression seeking to finish a work that provides me with a feeling of complete satisfaction.” Hunter Museum of American Art Executive Director Daniel Stetson has written, “In addition to being works of extraordinary beauty, these paintings are studies in precise artistic composition. Elizabeth’s blend of subtle, emotional content with an exhaustive visual analysis gives all of us something to appreciate.”
Education: 1943 Telfair Academy, Savannah Georgia; 1948 Graduate, High Museum of Art School (now Atlanta College of Art); instruction and workshops under the direction of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Dong Kingman, Robert Philips, Albert Handell, Frank Webb, Ben Shute, Fredric Taubes, Jack Perlmutter, Kevin Costello and David Reese. Exhibitions and collections include: Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL; Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Ft. Myers, FL; Edison College, Ft. Myers, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL; Neiman Marcus, Tampa, FL; multiple private collections. For more information contact Catherine Clement (Elizabeth’s daughter): email@example.com