Elizabeth Johansson's painted still life arrangements depict abundant fruits, spools of ribbons, tea cups, blooming flowers and other domestic objects. Her subjects are fluidly arranged on a tabletop or shelf, creating a quietly animated composition. Thoughtful and delicate in her approach, Johansson applies oil to canvas or pastel to paper to achieve pure expressions of the still life.
Johansson’s paintings and works on paper have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Currier Museum of Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Danforth Museum of Art. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and New England School of Art.
Richard Whitten constructs intricate yet expansive spaces of interior architecture by applying oil paint and metal leaf to shaped wood panel. Arches, pinnacles, and buttresses flank seemingly endless passageways. The viewer’s gaze is pulled into spaces that are physically impossible to access, eliciting our curiosity and imagination. Tapestry-like designs of geometric and floral details are painted in the margins of the paintings, reminding the viewer of the painting’s presence. The formality of Whitten’s compositions is diffused by the playfulness of what each painting evokes.
Whitten earned his MFA from the University of California, Davis and is a graduate of Yale University. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Beard Gallery at Wheaton College, Frye Art Museum, Newport Art Museum, New Bedford Museum of Art, and Attelboro Art Museum. He has received a fellowship from the Ballinglen Foundation of Art in Ireland and numerous grants from Rhode Island College, where he is currently an assistant professor of art.