Dog Studies Statement (and exhibitions)

SHORT ARTIST’S STATEMENT DOG STUDIES      (scroll to bottom for exhibitions)            (Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, Spring 2014)

BEGINNINGS (Resurgence)

three Dog Studies framed paintings on small board installed at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis Spring 2014.

Small Dog Studies installed at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis Spring 2014.

A winter snow in 2007, a digital camera, and frolicking dogs (and cats) initiated Dog Studies. The images soon evolved into simple painting exercises that rekindled my studio practice.

MEANINGS (Intrinsic)

The stark contrast of black and white emphasizes the elegance of body language in these acrylic paintings.

The close-up views, focusing on isolated shapes and negative space, depict intimacy.

Tributes to the profound impact that pets play in our daily lives the paintings are also memorials to those beloved models who have passed.

BLACK and WHITE (Metaphor)

Black and white is not my perspective on life; yet I embrace it as an artistic mode.  Its clean dichotomy and its hint at metaphor offer endless visual and interpretive possibilities. And then there is Grey.

       Find details about Dog Studies, including exhibitions and programs, below.             Inquire about Lisa’s art and services,       or e-mail: lisa@elizabethpetrulis.com.         Read a detailed biography.          See the Dog Studies Portfolios.

Installation view of an exhibit of Dog Studies, By Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, in a hall in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, In

Dog Studies by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis installed at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology spring 2014.

FULL ARTIST STATEMENT DOG STUDIES                                                                      (Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, Spring 2014)

BEGINNINGS (Resurgence and process)

The impetus for Dog Studies was a deep, school-closing winter snow in 2007, a new digital camera, and the pure joy of documenting the frolics and interactions of my dogs (and cats).

The photographs soon evolved into simple painting studies juxtaposing interesting shapes and negative spaces. I had not painted seriously for years and these studies took me back into the studio on a regular basis.

To compose a painting I cut and paste and draw freehand. The metamorphosis continues with changes in scale and the brush of wet acrylic modulating values and textures. For this last phase I use a watercolor-like technique to slowly layer black paint on a white surface. See how my process has evolved in this video post and this one.

MEANINGS (Intrinsic)

I call these paintings “studies” because, with a goal but not a plan, they eased me back into art making. They are imperfect; for example, some retain traces of changes in composition. And they are leading my art in a new direction.

ears, Dog Studies, high contrast black acrylic painting of two dogs by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis

Ears, c.2009, acrylic on paper, 12″ x 9″, Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis

Dog Studies emphasize the elegance of body language through the striking contrast of black and white.

The zoomed-in views, isolate quirky shapes and the telling negative space between companions. They are intimate portrayals of individuals and relationships. They are tributes to the profound impact that our pets play in our daily lives.

Since several of the models have passed, the paintings have also become memorials to beloved pets.

BLACK and WHITE (Metaphor)

Black and white is not my perspective on life; yet I find it loaded with potential as an artistic mode (and I don’t mean just as metaphor.) This combination is considered monochromatic, yet it is the ultimate visual dichotomy. Admittedly I am relieved to see the world so clear cut when I escape to the studio with my canine companions. My art, explores the seemingly dualistic nature of life. Yet the nuance of grey inevitably insinuates itself into the picture.

AFTERTHOUGHT (Mongrels)

Is it a coincidence? or an irony? that my initial models for this polaristic series were not purebred but instead mergers of mysterious lineage? Maybe it’s kismet.

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EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS (Resume)

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 – Year of the Dog: Elizabeth Petrulis, Arts Illiana outreach gallery at
    An open two story lobby with black and white paintings for the exhibition "Year of the Dog: Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis" installed in Arts Illiana Outreach gallery at Corporate Square,Terre Haute, IN, mid June – mid November, 2018

    Year of the Dog at Corporate Square

    Corporate Square, Terre Haute, IN, Mid June – Mid November, 2018

  • Gaslight Art Colony Members Exhibition, Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, IL, March 17-April 14, 2018

  • 2017- 4 artist show, (with Phil Dees, Cathleen Hogan and Fran Lattanzio) Community Gallery at the Clabber Girl Museum, Terre Haute, IN, November 1 – 28, 2017
  • Gaslight Art Colony Members Exhibition, Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, IL, September 16-October 14, 2017

      • Self-Portraits: The Original Selfie, (Rachel Hellman Juror)
        Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, IN, May 5 – July 21, 2017
  • 2016 – Gaslight Art Colony Members Exhibition, Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, IL, September 17-October 8, 2016
  • LSU animals in art postcardInternational Exhibition on Animals in Art, (Jonathan Mayers Juror), Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine Library in collaboration with the LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge, LA, March 19 – April 18, 2016poster for Arts Illiana Small Art show 2015-16
  • Small Art Exhibition, (group show), Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, IN, December 4, 2015-January 22, 2016
    Exhibition of high contrast pet paintings by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis

              • 2015 – Spaces Between: paintings from the “Dog Studies” series by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis,(solo show), Gaslight Art Colony, Marshall, IL, October 17- November 14,  2015
              • Alliance of the Swope presents: Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis shares her experiences mixing beloved pets with art making. Swope Art Museum,   Terre Haute, IN, Friday at noon, March 20, 2015
            • 2014- Gaslight Art Colony Members Exhibition Marshall, IL, September 20 – October 11, 2014
    • Select works from Dog Studies were first seen inRose-Hulman postcard invitation with "Brothers" from Dog Studies, by Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis, and work by two other artists. the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Spring Art Exhibition, (three solo artists),Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, January 20 – May 31, 2014.

    Inquire about Lisa’s art and services,
    or e-mail:  lisa@elizabethpetrulis.com.
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