"As an artist, my life and creative process are connected. Underpinning my joie de vivre is an analytical mind that never stops trying to comprehend and make sense of human behavior, relationships, and motivations. Regardless of the subject matter of an artwork or the resulting effect, during the creative process I am consciously and unconsciously engaged in unraveling mysteries and seeking answers...or if not answers, at least some explanation of a scenario that makes sense.
I love the physicality of painting and creating. I am an action painter and firmly believe that “Art is an Action Word.” Entering my studio, I turn on the music and tune into my intuition and emotions. I continually move around my paintings in a painting-specific improvisational dance and that energy serves as the undercarriage of my work. I often have up to ten paintings in various stages of progress. Sometimes I work from sketches, but generally I go into the studio armed only with my idea, a memory, and a mood. As I tune out the world and lose myself in the creative process, I splash, pour, draw, and sculpt with paint and plaster, layering to create the undertones and undercurrents of a particular scenario or dynamic.
I begin each work with an idea. While painting, I give free rein to my intuition, submerging into the activity of painting. Listening to a lively or moody Jazz (Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Claude Nougaro), a beloved Rock selection, or a nostalgic song by Chimene Badi, I begin each painting with anticipation and joy and an idea. Over the following hours and weeks, I alternate between periods of intuition and critical thinking - thoughtfully evolving each piece and engaging alternatively in automatism, construction, and deconstruction. Everything - every stroke and thought - that goes into the creation of a painting is integral to its existence."
"Every day and every painting is one decision followed by another decision and then another.
Each painting begins with a commitment to stay true to my own voice, vision, and style.
It is about creating something that does not already exist. (EWR - 2016)"
Paths intersect. Lives are impacted. Identities evolve.
Everything happens for a reason.
Elaine Weiner-Reed’s art focuses on examining and unraveling the complexity and mystery of human relationships, emotions, and behavior, featuring the individual within or outside of a group dynamic. Are the figures center stage or out of focus? Do they wear a mask? How do they relate to others in the painting? Are they close or connected? Hidden or shielded? In your face or turned away…?
In Weiner-Reed’s paintings, layers of color, shape, and her unique calligraphic line palpitate boldly with charged energy or serenely with subtle undertones to weave a story that intrigues, sparks the imagination, and conveys a mood or atmosphere. What is the story and is there more than meets the eye? How does it make you feel?
Elaine Weiner-Reed is an award-winning, internationally known Visual Artist. Bilingual in French (M.A. from Middlebury University, VT; B.A and B.S. from West Chester State College (University), PA; minored in Sculpture), Weiner-Reed currently resides in Maryland, where she has lived and worked for over 37 years as a professional artist and writer. She engages as a creative mentor and research associate with professionals at Johns Hopkins University Human Language Technology Center of Excellence. Her mind and heart are always fully engaged, and her art and life has been and always will be steeped in meaning and filled with purpose, creativity, hope, gratitude, insight, intuition, and sincerity. Known for her Uncommon Vision and often referred to as an Abstract Expressionist Artist and “painter of people,” Weiner-Reed finds inspiration in life, nature, and everyday encounters and relationships.
Weiner-Reed uses line, color, and layers to create iconic or allegorical reflections of relationship complexities, dimensions, and inter-dependencies to resurrect feelings of transcendence, mystery, and hope. A visit to her studio will reveal that she works on several paintings simultaneously – both for practical and philosophical reasons. Doing so allows her to problem-solve, invent, and explore multiple creative threads, and it also allows her paintings time to mature, cure, or dry. The search for originality and a distinctive identity sharpened Weiner-Reed’s mind, honed her innate inquisitiveness, and forged an intuitive soul that fiercely guarded and nourished her art. Weiner-Reed believes that each artwork has its own story to tell and reflects the personal vision, emotions, history, and culture of its creator.
Weiner-Reed’s work has been included in international exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, India, Spain, France, Poland, Italy, Canada, and at least 25 national exhibits across the U.S. – to include three solo/featured and two other group shows in Chelsea (NYC). Her art is in public and private collections in Poland, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Africa, and the U.S. Weiner-Reed was one of five American artists in the first U.S. contingent to be personally invited to participate in the 17th annual Poland Ministry of Culture- and EU-sponsored Artist Residency Program (Warsztaty Artystyczne– Towarzystwo, 17th WMA). She returned in July 2017 to the MWAXX Jubilee “Building Bridges”—where she participated in painting public murals on a bridge underpass in Myslenice. Her art has been reviewed or featured in The Dobra Polska Szkola, Studio&Gallery Magazine, The Palette Magazine, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Capital Gazette, Attractions Magazine, The Columbia Flyer, The Alexandria Port Gazette, Spain’s feest.es, and France’s paperblog.fr, and more.
Artiste Plasticienne, Peintre
Intuition, curiosité intellectuelle, imagination portées par la volonté d’aller au-delà des conventions
L’art sans frontières…sans bornes
- Un style abstrait et expressionniste avec des peintures à l’eau sur papier ou sur toile
- Des tableaux abstraits de technique mixte en 3D
- Explorations artistiques à la fois intuitives et sans limites
- L’esprit créatif d’Elaine, son imagination, son intuition repoussent toujours plus loin les conventions établies.
Elaine Weiner-Reed s’engage corps et âme dans la peinture comme dans la vie. Tantôt subtile, tantôt dramatique, chaque œuvre, aussi complexe soit-elle, résonne telle une émotion sincère et nouvelle mêlant matière, énergie et mystère. L’improvisation est inhérente à l’existence. Il en va de même pour le bruit. « Parfois, on ne voit rien, on n’entend rien. Et cependant, quelque chose rayonne en silence…. On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux…. » [Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Extrait de Le Petit Prince]
Les rêves éveillés explorent l’intersection entre le conscient, le subconscient, et l’inconscient. L’artiste peintre porte sur la toile ses visions, ses idées, ses pensées comme l’écrivain sur la page blanche ou le compositeur sur sa partition.
« Notre objectif étant de partager ce que nous ressentons au plus profond de nous. - EWR»
Weiner-Reed’s work has been included in international exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, India, Spain, France, Poland, Italy, Canada, and at least 25 national exhibits across the U.S. – to include three solo/featured and two other group shows in Chelsea (NYC). Her art is in public and private collections in Poland, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Africa, and the U.S.
● International Artist Residency, Myslenice, Poland (July 2017): Selectee/Participant in the Poland Ministry of Culture and European Union-sponsored and funded Warsztaty Artystyczne (WMAXX Jubilee, 20th Annual) – Towarzystwo.
● Museum/Opera Collection, AIAIP (Associazione Internazional Arte Plastiche Italia), Torento, Italy: “Mirror’s Edge” (painting)
● Metropolitan Gallery Las Vegas/Art Museum, MGLV (formerly Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, SNMFA), Permanent Collection (Gallery 10): “Primal Scream” (painting)