“Resonances from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre”
By Elizabeth Greisman
The exhibition shows Elizabeth Greisman’s impressions of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in Monaghan, Ireland and its surrounding landscape where she has had a summer residency during 2008 and 2009.
The idea was conceived as a continuation of a project begun at a residency in the Banff Centre in Canada while drawing and painting each day from the same vantage point. At TGC she paints each day in a similar way looking at the lake or the formal gardens and colleagues, noting the changes in weather, light and subtle changes of the plant forms and reflections on the water. For 2009, a palette dictated by the historical artifacts and gardens of the big house at TGC was imposed on her landscape paintings in a panoramic format. This series of paintings highlights the rich interior of the house, formal gardens and vast landscape of the area. An anecdotal bridge from the architectural details of the gardens, lake and house is shown. Elizabeth’s passion for the spiritual qualities of the landscape while shaped by an intuitive link with the historical setting have afforded the inspiration and encouragement to develop this project.
Elizabeth’s artistic practice concentrates thematically on two life-long interests, landscape and the moving figure. She works mostly in oils and acrylics on canvass and paper. In a residency setting she paints on canvass of a uniform size, out of doors, with the intention of enlarging these images during the year at her studio in Toronto.
Her visual art is experienced through her training as a landscape designer and as a dancer. She attended Canadian and international residencies since 2001 and finds that the cultural immersion and time to work without distraction has given her an accelerated growth opportunity to develop her work within a thematic context.
In 2008 Elizabeth Greisman formed and became director of the Artist Cooperative in Canada to further the development of a diverse group of Canadian visual artists on a national and international level.
The exhibition shows the broad talent of Elizabeth Greisman through painting and drawing on different media including material such as vintage wedding dresses and chiffons.
Current Work – Elizabeth painted the mountainous Banff landscape daily, from the same vantage point over three summer residencies. She continued this project while at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, working in both small and large canvases, recording subtle changes in weather, light, form and texture on the mountains, lakes and trees. Summer 2009 found Elizabeth returning to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland to continue her series from the surrounding landscape and the Great house of Tyrone Guthrie.
Community engagement – Elizabeth’s extensive voluntary contribution includes her recent donation of a series of hand painted bridal gowns to the Bride’s Project, featured on “ Breakfast Television” in Toronto. She was one of the featured artists on the video for “ Design Hope Build Toronto”, raising money for the homeless at Dixon Hall, and advises several Toronto school communities on the creation of public garden space.