My work is a combination of realism with tensions between texture, gesture and fluid paint layers. I seek expression with just enough detail in order for the piece to resonate accurately and with feeling. The overall style and feel of classic movies is a prominent influence on my aesthetic in particular inspiring the way I see people, objects and places. As a result, I am interested in studies of mundane details of our spaces and surroundings. These details tend to speak in intangible ways about the human experience. I feel like there is something very familiar about what is not carefully arranged or balanced and when a composition is non-traditional. I look for beauty in what might otherwise be overlooked. And through this, I think it says something about who were are, what we recognize and the emotions we feel.
Liz Frankland is a painter in Berkley, MI. She works primarily with acrylics on canvas in a loose but realistic style. She studied fine art at the College for Creative Studies and graduated with a BFA in 1996. Finding the point where detail can be expressed accurately yet abstracted is the common thread in all of her work. Everyday spaces, figures that resonate with a mid-century aesthetic; and interiors filled with light and shadow are some of the subject matter which drives her work.
College For Creative Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1996
2018 Rear view mirror. Two person exhibition, Beaubien House, Detroit, MI
2018 90th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
2018 Past Time, Solo Exhibition, Articipate, Berkley, MI
2018 Art and About, Berkley, MI
2018 Solo Exhibition, Berkley Public Library
2018 The Snowden Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit MI
2018 Michigan Annual XLV, Anton Art Center, Mt Clemons, MI.
2017 After the Sun Goes Down, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI. -Third Place
2017 Scarab Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Detroit, MI
2017 Annual Exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petosky, MI- Honorable Mention
2017 Silver Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit , MI
2016 East Side Art Show, St Clair Shores, MI. -Third Place
2016 Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI -Honorable Mention
2015 All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Mi
2013 Power of Portrait, Ella Sharp Museum, Mi
2008 Our Town, Birmingham Community House, MI
2005 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, MI
2003 All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, MI
1996 Swords Into Plowshares, Detroit, MI
1995 Essence of Character, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI- Tom Coates Memorial Award
2018 Acrylic Painting five week session. Articipate, Berkley, MI
2002-2007 Cranbrook Institute of Science, Murals.
1995 Art On the Move, Artist Residency and Mentorship