24 x 30"
Weight: 12.0 lbs.
This classic figurative oil painting on canvas by artist Elizabeth McGhee is titled “Ambivalence”. Elizabeth developed her classic realist painting style while attending the Laguna College of Art and Design.
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Click on this YouTube.com link to see Elizabeth McGhee talk about the inspiration behind some of her most recent figurative and still life oil paintings. The video was shot at the 2010 Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts where Elizabeth was one of the youngest to be juried into this prestigious event.
Elizabeth McGhee is a native of southern California, from a family of artists active in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Scotland, as well as the local Laguna Beach art scene. A figurative oil painter trained in the classical realist tradition, she recently graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Elizabeth has also studied with Marc Trujillo, Sergio Sanchez, John Brosio and master painter Lance Richlin.
Using symbolic language, I often turn to humor to address serious or controversial subjects. Symbolism is at the very heart of representation, and through it I try to challenge deeply rooted assumptions and biases. My compositions can be interpreted in multiple ways, depending on the viewer's personal perspective and comfort level with sometimes contradictory messages. I am currently exploring modern interpretations of ancient myths and folk tales.
2006- 2009 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD),Laguna Beach, CA, B.F.A
2006-2008 Lance Richlin Atelier, Torrance, CA
2003-2006 Santa Monica College
2012 "Most Amazing Ensemble" at the Festival of Arts Runway Recycled Fashion Show
2012 Honorable Mention in "Art That's Small at City Hall" show in Laguna Beach, CA
2012 Juried into the Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters
2011 1st Place in "Art That's Small at City Hall" show in Laguna Beach, CA
2011 Juried into the Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters
2010 Juried into the Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters
2010 Artist profile in the international Bluecanvas Magazine
2009 Featured Artist on Bluecanvas.com
2006-2009 Tuition Scholarships Laguna College of Art and Design
2006-2008 Tuition Scholarship to the Lance Richlin Atelier, Torrance, CA
2003 Scholastic Juried Exhibition Gold Key Scholastic Juried Exhibition Silver Key
2002 California Arts Scholar, CSSSA/ Innerspark
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