Elissa F. Merkl: The Layered Look

Ann’s Place Gallery
April 29–June 4
Mt Hood by Elissa F. Merkl

Elissa F. Merkl, Mt. Hood, 2018, serigraph, 30 x 24.

Listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who in American Art, Elissa F. Merkl has garnered more than four hundred professional awards in shows throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Her works have been exhibited at the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, the Interchurch Center, Arnot Art Museum, Edward Hopper House Museum, Upstream Gallery, Brooklyn Waterfront Art Coalition, Monmouth Museum, Paper Mill Playhouse, Georgian Court University, Westfield Art Gallery, Johnson & Johnson, Caldwell College, Montclair Art Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, El Dorado Gallery, Creede Arts Council, Stone Metal Gallery, Irving Art Association Gallery, Springfield Art Museum, Del Bello Gallery, Tone Gallery, and Space Gallery, among others. Her work is found in several prominent and public collections worldwide, including Sony Corporation, Nabisco Headquarters, National Bank of Detroit, and General Motors.

Throughout the past 50 years, Elissa F. Merkl has challenged herself with the medium of serigraphy, seeking to make it an art form in itself, an “original” in multiples, neither a monotype nor a reproduction. Merkl is a colorist. Serigraphy allows her to use bold and opaque, or subtle and transparent pigments so that a balance of form, line, and color is attained. Through serigraphy, she analyzes and reduces her palette so that an elegant simplicity is achieved.