London born painter, Liz Gribin, now lives and works in Needham, MA after many years in The Hamptons. She has received numerous awards and much recognition for her outstanding artistic talent.
Gribin, is an internationally acclaimed painter and a 1956 graduate of Boston University, College of Fine Arts, whom the Hamptons Library named a “living legend” during the U.S. Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration. Just about to celebrate her 82nd birthday, her work is in distinguished collections here and abroad. She was recently nominated for a Presidential Medal by Boston University. In 2007 the Boston Globe gave her a full page spread in their Sunday Magazine Section.
A 1939 emigrant from the war in Europe, Gribin began her art studies in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Art Students League, she earned her degree in Fine Arts from Boston University under the tutelage of David Aronson.
Robert Long, art critic for The East Hampton Star, wrote: “Liz Gribin is, it seems to me, a painter with her own distinct style. Although her art, she has said, “comes from other art,” there is nothing derivative about it. Nevertheless, we sense her admiration for the work of artists as diverse as Matisse and Diebenkorn in her canvases – there’s even a slight air of Modigliani about her figures, seen in a space that moves from shallow to deep across the picture plan. The figures are emotionally loaded. It’s not, however, facial expressions that carry the emotion, but their postures and placement in space. Often the background in these pictures merge with the figures, and there is, in the composition, a cubist feel in the way pictorial elements interrelate. Ms. Gribin’s drawing lends the pictures a classically modernist feel. Colors, too, are remarkably handled.
By internalizing so many modernist influences, and by finding her own particular way of locating a figure in interior space, and letting the picture take shape, each time, as an experiment in form, Liz Gribin has found her own distinct niche in contemporary art.
Helen Harrison of the The New York Times wrote “… (her) abstraction can push a familiar scene to the limit of recognizability”.
Recently she was named “Honorary Member Emeritus” of the National Association of Women Artist, Massachusetts chapter.