Elise Mendelle was born in Toronto, Canada. She moved to the UK 18 years ago and she currently lives in London where she has frequently exhibited her work in art galleries and fairs. Her art practice focuses on portraiture and particularly female portraits. She is mostly self taught, however, she has received mentoring and tuition at the Insight School of Art.
Elise aims at visually describing a thought, feeling or emotion so that the viewer can explore and anticipate what comes next. She continuously reaches new levels of expressiveness by examining the interiority of personal moments.
Her distinctive work featuring women in thoughtful, introspective and contemplative poses, has been included art exhibitions and collections across the globe.
Artist about her work
I paint in a loose, rhythmical style, stripping back my subjects to reveal only what is necessary for the viewer to interpret the presented scene. My paintings offer a window through which to escape and dream, capturing a private moment in time and posing the question 'what happens next?'.
I have embraced painting throughout lockdown, the challenge of looking inward, as well as forward towards an unknown future. I wish to give people compassion, empathy and even strength through the experience of my art, pushing them to look deeper to see what will emerge. I use my art to draw intensity from simple moments and create beauty from the mundane.
Oct 2020 Sheroes in Quarantine, Mental Health – Online Exhibition.
Oct 2020 Colour Boom – Boomer Gallery.
Oct – Nov 2020 Part 1 The Era of Seclusion, The Visionary Projects – Online Exhibition.
Aug 2020 Artsolation Body Study – Online Exhibition.
6-8 March 2020 Talented Art Fair – Truman Brewery, London.
20-29 Feb 2020 Royal Arts Prize – Exhibition in London.
Dec 2019 Luxembourg Art Fair – Represented by Van Gogh Gallery.
Oct 2019 Going and Coming, Rossocinabro Gallery Roma – Rome Art Week.
Oct – Nov 2019 Beauty and Elegance, International Art Exhibition – Rome.
Sept 2019 Represented by Concept Art at New Artist Fair and 100% Design – London.
2019 Collettiva Natura nell'Arte, Chie Art Gallery. Milan.
2019 Beauty and Elegance, Flyer Art Gallery – Rome.
2019 St Albans Affordable Art Fair – London.
2019 'Dreams' at Old Biscuit Factory – London.
2019 Passaggio in Laguna – Venice.
2019 ArtRooms Roma – Rome.
2018 New Artist Fair – Old Truman Brewery London.
2017 Artsdepot Open – Barnet, London.