Elisa R. Boughner was born in the United
States, raised in Mexico and studied art in America and Europe.
Her work reflects the influence of each of these cultures, and
of a range of painting styles from the Impressionists, through
the German Expressionists, and finally the Cubist. The result
is a unique and highly personal style that brings extraordinary
vibrance to often ordinary subjects.
Boughner uses traditional forms such as still
life, but animates them through bold, often unconventional color
and dynamic brushwork. By using often densely layered colors
she achieves a complex, subtle and wide emotional range that
transforms studies of external surfaces into exposes of internal
feeling. The contrast between her objective subject matter and
subjective treatment generates a creative dissonance that brings
the paintings richly to life.
Boughner uses the bright colors characteristic
of Mexican painting, but employs them in the viscerally communicative
fashion of the Expressionists. Her palette is often innovative,
sometimes subversive, achieving striking complements and juxtapositions.
Her intuitive, almost tactile use of color and form speaks a
highly personal artistic language, one that communicates directly
and eloquently with the viewer.