First Independent Gallery
Bergamot Station G6
2525 Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA  90404
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April 21 - May 22, 2010



Selected Works

        I have been drawing and painting since I was five years old.  At that early age, my interests revolved around the human figure as a source of inspiration.  And this has served me my entire life.

        This exhibition reflects 64 years of creative work.  The earliest work in the present exhibition dates to approximately 1946 when I was 19 years old.  It is a self-portrait and I have tried to do self-portraits every year since.

        While the human figure has been a source of inspiration, my work has changed.  Over the years, a lot of my work has tended to become more abstract.  These abstractions reflect the human figure in terms of the organic forms used in the paintings and drawings and refer to heads, arms, legs, or torsos.  Examples in the exhibition are the large paintings of an abstract reclining figure and also the untitled abstractions.

        The result has led to paintings, drawings and prints in which the expressive energy is rooted in these organic forms.  As I grew older and did more work, I began to place the figure in an enclosed environment: a room, a shelter, a church, a house, such as the painting of Judith and Holofernes.  The organic forms begin to interact with geometric forms that reflect the context in which these forms exist, leading to curves reacting against straight lines.

         When I first noticed the screwdriver sitting on top of the Vermeer painting of the woman, I was going to remove it.  But then the contrast between the pedestrian practicality and the poetic beauty of the Vermeer excited me.  I was fascinated by the range of qualities elicited in this painting and I saw in the context of the other paintings in this exhibition, its relation to all of them.  It was another example of curves reacting to straight lines.

         The large scale of some paintings is important in my attempt to represent these images as “life size.”  Why?  To stress their physical importance!

The large abstractions and the figurative work are germane to my life experience as an artist and demonstrate the relationship between nature and abstraction. 

Elliot Elgart, 2010

Self Portrait 1946
Self-Portrait, 1946, oil on board, 29 x 24”

Untitled, 1980, oil on canvas, 80 x 68”
Untitled, 1980, oil on canvas, 80 x 68”


Abstract Figure, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 114”
Abstract Figure, 1992, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 114”

Judith and Holofernes, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 79 x 69
Judith and Holofernes, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 79 x 69”

Self-Portrait with Striped Shirt, 1997, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22”
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