|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|A resident of Cave Creek, Arizona, Elaine Coffee paints multiple figures in genre settings such as viewers looking at a museum exhibition, sitting at outdoor cafes, or playing music. She likes to challenge the viewer of her paintings by emphasizing body language and also is concerned with the play of light upon her subjects.|
She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Arizona Artists Guild. Her formal art education is from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
|Biography from Tree's Place Gallery:|
|The figure has been Elaine Coffee's primary interest throughout the
career, though her work has evolved over the years to include more of
the environment and more figures within each piece. |
Working in oils with a muted palette, Coffee strives to capture people
moving through their daily lives, gathering in restaurants, wandering
through museums or galleries, shopping in markets, even riding the
subway. "I like capturing the gestures, the body language that
visually reveals a person's state of mind," she says. "In urban areas
where people are living close together all the time, there is an
attempt to maintain anonymity. But the body still communicates."
Although Elaine Coffee lives in Cave Creek, Arizona, a rural suburb
north of Scottsdale, her New Jersey roots are evident in her urban
subject matter. She studied art in New York City at the School of
Visual Arts and still visits frequently to gather material for her
Trips throughout the US and Europe have provided additional inspiration
for what she terms her contemporary 'genre painting.' Elaine has
won awards for her paintings at exhibits throughout the country.
She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, the
Arizona Artists Guild and the Sonoran Arts League. Her paintings
hang in collections in the United States and Europe.
|Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:|
|A keen observor of the human figure, Coffee depicts the body language
of people in a wide range of environments. However, she intends
her paintings as much more than figural compositions in familiar
settings; more than mere snapshots of time and place. She strives for
expressions of attitudes and atmospheres; spontaneous gestures with
endless possibilities for interpretation.|
A New Jersey native,
Elaine Coffee completed her formal training at the School of Visual
Arts in New York City and has traveled throughout the United States and
Europe gathering inspiration for her contemporary genre
paintings. With a sketchbook for notes on site, Coffee returns to
the studio where she begins to work directly on the canvas with little
preliminary drawing underneath. With a warm, tonal palette, the
artist carfully manipulates a combination of studies into a complex
composition intended to offer hours of speculation for the viewer.
Coffee is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, the
Arizona Artists Guild and the Sonoran Arts League, and her paintings
may be found in public and private collections throughout the United
States and Europe.
|Biography from Trailside Galleries:|
|Elaine Coffee was born in New Jersey and studied in New York City at the School of Visual Arts. Now residing in Arizona, she does paintings that reflect the sophisticated attitudes of people in an urban development.|
Her figurative paintings portray the spirit and personality of the individual taking part in group activities. “There is a universality to body language. I try to capture that gesture we use to relate to others; a brief moment in time,” Elaine says.
Working in oils, Elaine sketches directly on the canvas with her brush, doing little preliminary drawing underneath. Her goal is a fresh immediacy that brings life to her contemporary genre painting. Her richly subdued, tonal palette is intended to add warmth and light.
Elaine has won awards for her paintings at exhibits throughout the country. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, the Knickerbocker Artists Inc., and the Arizona Artists Guild. Her paintings hang in collections in the United States and Europe.
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