Elizabeth Gilfilen: Pugilist painter

�Elizabeth Gilfilen, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 76 x 65 inches.

For Elizabeth Gilfilen�painting is a collision, an aggressive search in which the object and�maker are intimately, irrovocably entwined. Gilfilen’s exploration of�piercing color and gestural abstraction continues in her exhibition of�new large-scale work at Gallery Aferro this month. In many of her�untitled paintings (sorry I can’t refer to specific ones) Gilfilen�wrestles images from a thicker scrum of agitated brushwork than in�previous work, but in other less vigorously-worked paintings like �Sit”�and “Cricket Fix” a more relaxed direction emerges. Gilfilen is the�opposite of a casualist–clearly�she likes a good skirmish–and her new paintings look terrific–bolder�and more challenging than earlier work. “Two Moons,” the title of the�exhibition, refers to recent evidence that the earth used to have two�orbiting masses which eventually became unstable and merged into one.

But I imagine they didn’t go without a long and interesting struggle.

Elizabeth Gilfilen, “Sit,” 2011, oil on canvas, 37 x 31.25 inches.
Elizabeth Gilfilen, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches.
Elizabeth Gilfilen, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 78 x 64 inches.
Elizabeth Gilfilen, “Hive Mind,” 2011, oil on canvas, 72 x 65 inches.�
Elizabeth Gilfilen, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 28 x 19.5 inches.�
Elizabeth Gilfilen, “Cricket Fix,” 2011, oil on canvas, 43 x 34 inches.

Elizabeth Gilfilen: Two Moons,” Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Through December 17, 2011.


  1. Love her work Sharon. Thanks very much for posting!

  2. Great post – I really like the slightly smaller paintings 'Sit' & 'Cricket fix'

  3. Drawing lines in paint … I wish I could see this art in person (we live in California!) … I like her energy and fearlessness … fine, fine work!

  4. Beautiful work – always great to discover a (for me) new artist.

  5. Great to see. terry Greene suggested I check out this work. I was trained in abstract expressionism and am now back painting – interested in the new painters and what is happening.

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