April 2005: Eli Halpin Paintings

Eli Halpin will offer paintings of color and whimsy.  Though subject matter may concern children, women knitting or stilt walkers, there is an edge to her work.  In the painting "Two Young White Boys," children sit at a table pulling the wings off insects while moths flutter in a light above their heads and are captured in bottles on a shelf.  Halpin' subject matter is the result of her concept of a "petrified idea."  She explains, "These works are images of people I once knew.  That person becomes a snapshot to me of what they were."  Halpin paints on canvas and wood panels in delightful freedom complete with paint drips and runs that are integrated into the canvas.