With it's 20' ceiling height, this modern soaring retail space in downtown Bethesda, Maryland provided the perfect opportunity for large scale art. "Girl Wave", a vertical 12' x 4' artwork is visible from the busy urban intersection outside and "Marathon Girl" a horizontal 9' x 3' painting compliments the more intimate space of the mezzanine.
photography: Pete Duvall
A new wing of Washington, DC's Sibley Hospital opened in the fall of 2016. Puree Artisinal Juice Bar was invited to occupy a retail space that integrates directly into the tranquil, contemporary lobby. Art was designed in concert with the lobby's palette and horizontal design, featuring large leaves of kale floating in front of a rhythm of wave like patterns. This bold, fluid art becomes a key visual attraction as you enter the lobby from the main entrance.
Puree Artisinal Juice Bar opened it's second location in the fall of 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia's new Mosaic District. A soft palette of green and violet set the tone for this intimate, elegant space. Art was created in five 5' panels and features individual figures set against a repetitive linear background. Each figure is reproduced on film and layered between translucent sheets of resin. By tethering the panels to the bulkhead above and the concrete floor below, a partial wall was created separating the retail area from the store's utilities.
A 10' x 4' narrative painting compliments these five panels and is installed near the entrance, enhancing Puree's friendly, health conscious atmosphere.
Steamers Seafood was a landmark restaurant for 20 years in Bethesda, Maryland. A quirky assemblage of structures, including a 1940's Cape Cod house, was part of the layout for their popular neighborhood establishment. In 2003, I created a 20' lobster mural for the front facade of the Cape Cod and additional work for the restaurant's outdoor deck area.
This commemorative public park in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle was completely renovated in 2003. The park was opened up to the surrounding streets and new walkways enabled visitors to enter from many directions. Artwork was created on a vacant wall which faced the park and features a 10' dove in honor of the park's theme. A striped oval backdrop was designed for the dove to mirror the park's oval brick fountain wall.
New wall color and new artwork freshened Puree Artisinal Juice Bar's original location in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. The three 5' tall brightly colored artworks are face mounted to acrylic, creating a glossy counterpoint to the freshly pressed, bottled juices in the refrigerated cases on the left.
This was a reinterpretation of a fast food restaurant in Laurel, Maryland, employing a minimalist aesthetic that emphasized construction detailing and a color palette comprised of primary colors set against a neutral background. Whimsical murals enhanced the Pop Art energy of the space.
As an urban explorer, I delight in unexpected aesthetic moments. As an artist, I strive to contribute to this experience.
Here are four examples of potential large scale murals. If you can imagine it, you can acheive it.
Pool Paintings 2017
My summer vacation last year was spent traveling through the western US where pools became a positive and recurring theme. I imagine that the immersion in water can evoke the most primitive of memories: life in the womb, our earliest encounters with the sea, summer afternoons from childhood. In the many pools I encountered on this trip, the feeling of being in or next to water in a contained shape was consistently transformative and comforting.
These paintings represent pool areas as patterns, both in the water and through the surrounding environment which is intentionally void of other people. It is my way of inviting you to experience a similar sense of the aquatic solitude which I was privy to over and over again.
The entire collection of ten 18" x 24" Pool Paintings will be presented towards the end of the year at Elyse Harrison Art, 5001 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Md. Please submit your information on the Contact page to be placed on my mailing list for announcements.
AVIARY by Elyse Harrison is mixed media art which I have produced since 1990. You can view an archive of past work and purchase new work through the AVIARY website.