The Secret Life Of Flowers
New Paintings By Liz Carney
September 2oth - October 3rd, 2019
In Liz Carney’s solo show The Secret Life of Flowers, mixed media works on wood and canvas are created with an alchemy of text and paint, visual expressions of flowers and plein air paintings. Underneath floral still-life paintings - some tranquil, some frenetic - words are scrawled. The artist says “The writing that is covered up by the painting is much too raw for the light of day. The flower and the paint make all of it graceful and possible. I’m looking forward to showing this and others like it.”
Carney is also the Artistic Director and founder of Four Eleven Gallery and works alongside gallery artists Pete Hocking, Helen Grimm and Mary Giammarino en plein air. Hocking says, “"It's a joy to paint with Liz. She's so attentive to what's going on in the group, and she always sparks a lively conversation about the nature of painting -- both about what's happening and what's possible. Every time we paint together, she helps me see better.”
Born and brought up in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, Liz is one of nine children, eight of them girls. She always painted as a child and, at 14, studied with portrait painter Robert Cormier at the Fenway Studios. She then took classes at Massachusetts College of Art and graduated from Smith College with a degree in Studio Art. Her work is in public and private collections nationwide.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 30th, 7-9pm