Elizabeth de Béthune Fine Art
Statement

I pay attention to perception, I think about how it frames a subject. I work from observation, from visual references, and from that which develops in my imagination.

My work is a dialogue between looking, narrative, process and formal visual elements.

My subjects are drawn from the people, places and events in my life. My images come from those moments of awareness when worlds of perception and imagination align or collide. I combine monotype printing, collage, drawing and painting to fluidly express these perceptual and narrative weavings in a complex spatial reading that dances between figure and ground.

I studied painting, but spent several years working with monotype and other printing processes. Printed images have a graphic surface that allows for play between flatness and dimension. I often use stencils to repeat forms, adding another element to that play of space and flatness.

Biography

Elizabeth de Béthune is a painter who has delved deeply into printmaking processes, particularly monotype printing. She received a BA in Fine Art from Yale University in 1979, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY Purchase in 1991. In the years between those degrees, she studied painting and drawing extensively at the New York Studio School, Brooklyn College’s MFA program, and with the painter Brenda Goodman. After receiving her MFA, she studied etching at the Manhattan Graphics Center. In the 1990’s she began incorporating monotype printmaking into her art making, and has pursued it intensively in the last decade. She has studied various methods printmaking at the Lower Eastside Printshop, Women’s Studio Workshop and the Norwalk Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She has been a printmaking fellow at the Womens' Studio Workshop (October 2003 & January 2005) and the Vermont Studio Center (January 2006). Summer 2008 Elizabeth spent at the Skidmore College for the High School Art Teachers’ Fellowship Residency. Summer 2009, She travelled to the Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, to learn about environmentally safe methods of working with oil paints. The summer of 2010 saw Elizabeth applying the methods she had learned about at Wildacres, making oil paintings in a variety of landscapes in New York.

Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited through the tri-state area. Recent shows include group shows Blue Prints, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Connecticut, Summer 2007, Windows to the Soul: Blue Door Art Association at the Yonkers Public Library, Yonkers, New York, Fall 2006, Tidal Currents: Upstream Gallery at the Yonkers Public Library, New York, 2006, as well as one and two person shows Alternated Planes, March 2006, at the Upstream Gallery in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Groups and Gatherings, May-June, 2006, at the Earlville Opera House Art Gallery in Earlville, New York, Two Rivers, November, 2005, at the Broad Street Gallery at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and Gatherings— Images of People and Groups, May 2005, at the Yonkers Riverfront Library as well as participation in YOH—An Art Event in downtown Yonkers in June 2005. She and her five artists sisters appeared in Sisters Show Art/3 as part of the Blue Door Gallery’s Downtown Yonkers Art Exhibit in June 2006.

More about Elizabeth:
Elizabeth de Béthune has been teaching art for several years. She spent over twelve years as a teaching artist working with Marquis Studios in New York City, and with both the Hudson River Museum and the Westchester Arts Council in Westchester, New York. Presently she teaches Art at the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. She has also taught Monotype Printing as an adjunct at the College of New Rochelle.