About

 

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Kirby Sullivan

Raised by artistically bent parents, I started seriously painting when I was 15. By age 17 I was studying with Parsons Paris school, working on both realist and abstracted work. While there I became obsessed with the local graffiti scene, and upon returning to the States I began painting graffiti as well. A lot of my contemporaries were more graffiti-writer-turned-artist, but I've always considered myself to be an artist-turned-graffiti-writer. I am drawn to the gestural abstraction in both graffiti and modern art, I'd even argue graffiti to be a blend of pop art and abstract expressionism. The violence and velocity in this kind of mark making is what makes graffiti and abstract expression worth looking at. I like to tease out aspects of my graffiti work and bring it into my gallery work-the wild immediacy of graffiti is quickly lost when transported into a gallery space fully formed. My latest body of work look to tie in my interest in cave painting and how it relates to modern graffiti sensibilities.