Ellen Sherman-Zinn

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”Just Paint”

Color, movement, rhythm, even melody, combine for me to create image. My youthful love of dance, the effect of one color juxtaposed to another, the mood of melody, created a need in me to express myself with paint. My mind moves my eye to my arm to my hand to the canvas. That’s it; except when I get stuck and then I have to remember two words, “just paint.”

Color moves me. I dream and think in color. I control the impulse to change my hair color every day. Even the absence of color (as they say) black against white is for me colorful. My work is seldom flat, but when it is, it is for its own sake challenging me anew with composition.


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about the artist

”Just Paint”

Color, movement, rhythm, even melody, combine for me to create image. My youthful love of dance, the effect of one color juxtaposed to another, the mood of melody, created a need in me to express myself with paint. My mind moves my eye to my arm to my hand to the canvas. That’s it; except when I get stuck and then I have to remember two words, “just paint.”

I’ve been called an abstract expressionist, which through labeling alone has put me in association with that memorable and incredible group of artists of the 1950’s called the New York School. People like Willem de Kooning originally from Holland, his wife Elaine, Jackson Pollock, Phillip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler. All different, but the thread that runs through their works is easily recognizable to the curious eye. Painters like Kandinsky, Gorky, Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns. Painters from all over the world for whom the elemental aspects of art were about form, movement and color. Imagery that could be made with “eyes wide shut” not because the image is absent, but rather transformed with varying degrees of abstraction.

Color moves me. I dream and think in color. I control the impulse to change my hair color every day. Even the absence of color (as they say) black against white is for me colorful. My work is seldom flat, but when it is, it is for its own sake challenging me anew with composition.


exhibitions

  • Single Shows
  • Post Logic, New York City
  • Palmyra Gallery, Bound Brook. N.J.
  • Johnson and Johnson, Invitational, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Everhart Gallery, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • The Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ
  • Warner Lambert Invitational, Morris Plains, NJ
  • Invitational, Library Galley, Maurice M. Pine, Fairlawn, NJ
  • Straley Gallery, Livingston, NJ
  • Millburn Public Library, Millburn, NJ
  • Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ
  • Selected Group Shows
  • Everhart Gallery, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Continental Airlines Presidents Club, Newark International Airport, NJ
  • NCJW, Focus on Art, Invitational, West Orange, NJ
  • Hadassah 37th Annual Art Show, Invitational
  • Somerset County / Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Continental Airlines, Presidents Club, Newark International Airport, Newark NJ
  • Everhart Gallery, Basking Ridge, NJ, Summer Show, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • NCJW, Focus on Art, Invitational, West Orange, NJ
  • Continental Airlines, Presidents Club, Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ
  • New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
  • Montclair State University Alumni Juried Exhibition, Westbeth Gallery, Montclair, NJ
  • National Juried Show, Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Juror: Alison Weld, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art
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