Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Walworth.
Liz is an American painter whose work explores the limits and overlap of Cubism, Pop Art, and Realism.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she developed an early interest in figurative painting. Liz received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and upon graduating, returned to L.A. to set up a studio practice. Influenced by an interest in distortion, perception, and the pervasiveness of visual media, her paintings seem to fragment and melt, moving between the familiar and the obscure.
Liz’s paintings have been exhibited in St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Florence, Italy. Her work is in collections in Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, and at The Pasadena Playhouse.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Duncan, and their dog, Nilla.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
When I approached my recent work, I was thinking about how people today experience the world largely through images, on 2 dimensional surfaces. I thought about the power of that, as well as the illusion of that power.
In terms of portraying people, especially women, I felt caught between idealizing them (a common trend in art), and portraying the “realness” to the extent where beauty is not the point (another common trend). While both perspectives are valid, they didn’t feel true to me. I wanted to paint them as beautiful, but also as something that challenges the viewer.
I see these paintings as a sort of battle between the viewer and the image, where the viewer is challenged to see something new, and the image is fighting to be something else.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Sometimes connecting with other artists can be as simple as sending an email or message. I’ve met a lot of cool people that way.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I’m currently creating a body of work for a 2019 show. Details coming soon.
You can stay updated via my website or Instagram.
In the meantime, if you see a piece you love, you can inquire about available work through my website.
- Website: www.lizwalworth.com
- Instagram: @lizwalworth