Elizabeth Huey's paintings explore human connection and healing. Central to Huey’s practice is an engagement with passion and delirium and our society’s extraordinary attempts to create or cure these conditions. Her figures are often immersed in scenes of rehabilitation and recreation. Born from a substratum of wild, expressive paint, the architectural and figural elements of her work hail from a multiplicity of styles and eras. Huey draws imagery from her own photographs as well as an ever expanding collection of found photos, googled snapshots and historical research to delve into the complexities of her subjects. One gets the sense that myriad forces - from nature and architecture, to culture and history - are at work in the minds of each protagonist. The surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts in Huey’s work support a hypnagogic sense of seeing things from the inside out. By bringing together these disparate players in the worlds of her paintings, she creates dynamics, both visual and psychological, that are altogether new.
Before earning an MFA from Yale University (2002), Elizabeth Huey obtained a BA in Psychology from George Washington University (1993) and studied painting at both the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Manhattan. She was awarded the Terra Foundation Fellowship and Residency (2001) in Giverny, France, the Johns Hopkins University Artist Travel Fellowship (2006) to Bologna, Italy, and the Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution (2008) in Washington D.C. Most recently, she completed the Alma B.C. Schapiro Artist Residency at Yaddo (2014) in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the Soho House Artist Residency (2016) in Miami, Florida. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Born in Virginia, Huey presently resides in Los Angeles.
Her work has been featured in Artforum, Boston Globe, The New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, Vice, Village Voice, The Wild Magazine, Wired Magazine, among others.