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Elizabeth Waggett

U.K. born, U.S based artist studied Fashion before continuing her education in design at The University of Manchester.  She has exhibited at galleries in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Basel, Miami, Hong Kong, Zurich and Brussels.  Alongside her collaborations with luxury brands such as Saks, Soho House and Netflix, Elizabeth has sustained ongoing partnerships with the UN’s Lionshare Fund, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and most notably, was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales in collaboration with the Prince’s Trust 50th Anniversary.

In her studio, Waggett’s distinctive style is informed by her background in gilding; large, almost impossible paintings and drawings are made, sculptural in experience. Whether the primary medium or an accent to illuminate the underbellies of the animal kingdom, her inclusion of 23-karat gold leaf ties her robust body of work together, achieving a simultaneous reconstruction of form, obscuring that which seems immediately discernible, often applied using traditional Victoriana patterns, nodding to the British roots of the artist.

Studies of smaller creatures are augmented by scale to overwhelm and jar the viewer. Formally, the level of skilled craftmanship these drawings possess examines the importance of their participation in our environment as beings which exist on purpose and live with purpose.

Waggetts paintings are wrought of apparent tension and transformation, unsettling viewers without distancing them and remaining, ultimately, committed to beauty. The methodology of each work marries the specimens, mirroring the strength and robustness possessed by the minutiae of nature. These works invite one into a state of rueful contemplation, to make sense of the world around them and the part we all play as walking complexities.

After six years living and working in New York City, Elizabeth is currently residing and maintaining a full time studio practice between Texas and France.

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