Elinore Schnurr, a contemporary figurative painter in New York City. Hanging on my wall, one of her paintings would say in modern language what, 40,000 years ago, cave painters said to their witnesses, “This, my world, this is what is important to me…”
I certainly hope Elinore’s work will last that long…
She has exhibited and has her work in the collections of major galleries and museums . She has lived near and been exploring and painting the people of New York City for the past 50 years.
What I see in her paintings now are coffee houses cafes pubs rooms where people come and go meeting for conversation for companionship for love for news for gossip for business happy with each other or not often in groups sometimes alone even though with another there in the interplay of light and shadow of walls windows lamps of furniture of fine and not so fine clothing and decor a multitude of half remembered scenes from my own adult experience out of time people have always met this way over food or drink out of place everywhere on earth habitation of humans this is a setting that identifies the human as a herd creature all done with Elinore’s complete mastery of forms light shadow textures and composition
Samples of her art:
Recordings of my conversation with Elinore with a slideshow of her work:
Her website and images to explore and contemplate:
What she says of herself on her bio page on the website lights her work:
“I am a contemporary representational painter who uses real scenes to evoke and celebrate the complexities of disconnectedness and emptiness in a world of global connectedness and the desire for transcendence in a secular world.”
Other words from the website:
Elinore paints every day in her own private studio space in Long Island City, Queens, New York. Her paintings are in many museum collections such as The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; she has work in more than 50 corporate collections and many important private collections in this country and abroad.
She is a contemporary figurative painter who has exhibited in major galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, [and is in the collections of museums such as] the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“Elinore is one of the most talented painters in Long Island City,” said Scott Walsh, director of market research. “The process of working on this piece over the past months has been a wonderful experience. We are very excited to continue our support of local artists within the community and pleased our residents will get to enjoy the painting every day.”