About ELINORE BUCHOLTZ
After education at UCLA, Adelphi University, and the
and the Art Students League, Bucholtz started an art career that has gathered momentum quickly in the past couple of years with numerous shows through various arts organizations.(See Exhibitions and Collections).
Her artistic development has also moved rapidly from representational to abstract art in a very brief period of time. Her abstract art is loose and free flowing and has been described as “intuitive”, ” spontaneous”, “creating a sense of “limitless space”, having “light interact with matter in a way that breaks down the barriers between the physical and the ethereal “, offering ” a cosmic, dreamy experience”, conveying “the immediate pleasures of paint itself…with sensuous satisfaction and …autonomous beauty.” “Bucholtz …boldly carries the torch of Abstract Expressionism into the postmodern era by virtue of her energetic paint handling and unerring sense of form and color.” * “…her work calls to mind the definition ‘color construction’ since she employs broad strokes of the brush and possibly the palette knife to lay down brilliant hues that function as the actual building blocks of her composition.” “The answer must be in the artist’s attention to creating a lovely balance between shape, color, and movement.” “…If paintings could jump off the canvas, these three would. The movement is palpable, bringing another aspect of enjoyment to the viewer.” *
Her latest review had this to say: “…and exemplifies the dynamism of ‘action painting’ in her muscularly configured compositions. For her vigorous strokes…..appear to have been wrested from within the canvas, rather than merely applied to it, demonstrating…that “push and pull’ can still exert a powerful spell.” *
Bucholtz has used all drawing and painting media excelling in acrylics and watercolor.
Her work is now in numerous collections both on the east and the west coast as well as in England.
In terms of the historical sweep of art development, my work easily falls under the general rubric of Abstract Expressionism. However, it moves on from that approach to a more lyrical style with an innovative use of very informal strokes, incomplete forms, unusual arrangements, and “accidentals”, gestures that seem to fall where they may, to create a more serendipitous experience for the viewer. My use of color, too, is unique to my style by being freely chosen based on visual connections rather than on rules.
One tendency I have not centered on is putting my art to the service of political or social agendas. I feel that art should raise people above petty squabbling and uplift its viewers. “Agendas” only darken the artist and the viewer rather than extending both toward the light.
With all these tools, I hope to show everyone who views my art the magic which is the truth behind what we think of as reality and to work toward the creation of a new category of art that will be known as Abstract Lyricism, art that sings.
*.from selected reviews
The generally restless energy that imbues many of Elinore Bucholtz’ paintings must surely come from a peripatetic childhood and early adulthood. She was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, came to New York as a baby, eventually moved to Arizona and then to California where she finished her schooling before moving back to New York. Her art development, however, did not start in the middle of all this moving about. It started when she first felt truly settled down, after finishing her work as a NYC junior high school teacher. “I never dreamed of doing art before then. Couldn’t draw anything when I was young. Didn’t even doodle.”
If any other quality was there at an early age, it was a love of color, the second very strong characteristic of her work. Now that she has began to do art, there has been no stopping her. She credits her swift development in painting , particularly in the abstract style of painting she has excelled in, to her training at the Art Students League, particularly with Frank O’Cain. By now she has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, has had work accepted into the permanent collections of three museums, and has had work accepted for two university collections.