Elisabeth Geel was born in the Netherlands and spent over thirty years in Italy, where she worked as an illustrator, fine artist, and musician. As a vocalist/guitarist she toured the world and recorded four solo albums. Music is a recurring motive in her art, a world vibrating with color, humor, and subtle provocations.
Elisabeth Geel was strongly influenced by Surrealism and Folk Art.
It was during the pandemic that I came up with the idea of using journal pages as a backdrop in my art. People were into decluttering, and as a prolific journal writer I had accumulated dozens of notebooks. I was reading a 1992 Italian diary to see if it contained any type of wisdom that the world could benefit from, or if it was ready for the recyclables. That’s when I came across a story that inspired me to create this work: at a grocery store, a little boy sitting in a shopping cart grabbed my sleeve and asked me, “Where are you going?” It was a question that made me reflect, because in that moment I had no idea where I was going. To thank him I am offering him a purple tear and other toys (even though he must be 24 years old today).
Speaking of journals… Keeping a record of one’s life is as wonderful as it is frustrating, because when you read your own biased reporting of the “facts,” you wonder why on earth you were not seeing that it was all one huge mistake. This painting expresses my feelings triggered by reading one of my most heart-wrenching journals: I was dancing an intrinsic tango with love, the magic force that can put you on a celestial pedestal, or burn you up like a candle…
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About the Process
I work from small sketches or draw directly on the canvas, paper, or panel. The work develops as I go, and a large part of the creative process consists of looking, thinking, evaluating, modifying, sometimes involving layer upon layer. Oil painting is currently my preferred medium, due to its color brilliance and versatility, although watercolor, acrylic, collage, and digital (for comics and illustrations) are all mediums I use regularly.
How to Purchase
Works can be purchased directly from me, or from the gallery representing me. Four of my works are presently on display at the Contreras Gallery.
When purchasing directly, cash or credit cards will be accepted.
Greeting cards, animal prints, CDs and music downloads can be purchased from elisabethgeel.com/shop or directly from me during the Open Studio Tours.