Liz Ainslie

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The Pieces XII, 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 18 inches
The Pieces V, 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 18 inches
The Pieces XI, 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 18 inches
Slices, Balmy, 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 18 inches
Slices, Library, 2010, oil on wood, 24 x 18 inches
Artist's Statement

The abstract paintings I make attempt to interrupt direct perception and create ambiguous illusions. I am drawn to the perceptual shifts that occur in our senses. At the boundary of our peripheral vision, for instance, colors and materials may clash with what we see, and what we think we know may be in opposition to reality. Since what is peripheral cannot be photographed, painting is free to reflect and mimic these ambiguous parts of perception.

I paint according to specific parameters, and while these change over time, beginning from a set of rules keeps me searching for new ways to describe something I may think i already know. I set up the painting plane as a presentation space for shapes that I paint. These shapes are presented like a collection of objects in a box, and shift between the illusion of volume and flatness.


Liz Ainslie lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2004, where she was awarded a Project Completion Grant and the Rome Art and Culture Award. She received her BFA with honors from Alfred University in 2001.

Ainslie’s work has been included in shows at A.M. Richard Fine Art, Rabbitholestudio and A.I.R. gallery in Brooklyn, Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia, and Artjail and Spazio 522 in Manhattan. In 2009 she had a solo show at Creon Gallery in Manhattan. Her work has been reviewed in the ArtCal Zine, and the blogs of Hrag Vartanian and Otino Corsano. Her work can be found in the Pierogi Flat files, The Irving Sandler Artist File at Artists Space and the Nurture Art Registry.