Liz Mamorsky
San Francisco, California

Liz Mamorsky doesn't struggle with a shortage of ideas - just time. The busy San Franciscan paints, sculpts and speaks (you might have heard dulcet tones in a commercial or video game). While her paintings may evoke feelings of Haight-Ashbury in the 60s, Liz is an avid collector of modern PC and electronic detritus, which she uses to build found object sculptures. Her paintings and mixed media sculptures are funny, endearing and so representative of Bay Area art. Her paintings immediately grab you with their edge and charm, asking you to pause and explore the nuances. They draw you in and have staying power long after you've stop looking.

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Oil painting on wood
Signed on front and back

24" h x 30" w x 2" d
6 lbs. 3 oz.


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This is the first painting I've done on mounted wood panel. It's quite a different feeling from canvas--very solid. Starting with two coats of Venetian red gesso primer, I proceeded to splash and drip thinned oil paint and make a glorious mess from which images started to emerge. The story unfolds with time as I build and define the surface, often turning the work in different directions. Like a novel, characters appear and are occasionally deleted as new ones come to the surface. My edges are intentionally soft and blend with adjoining colors. "Surveillance" was painted during the Snowden NSA scandal which definitely affected the outcome of the piece. The surface and sides are both finished with clear matte varnish. The work is wired and ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!


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