Elisa Grion’s reflective oil paintings depict the spectrum of human interaction, from solitude to intimacy. Grion paints people going through their daily routines, almost always in public spaces – not the kind of circumstances usually conducive to great expressions of emotion. But the pictures capture micro-movement, body language, and unspoken words: the way two heads lean towards each other on a sidewalk, but also the way eyes avoid each other in a morning bus shelter. To spark a narrative, Grion paints the invisible. She finds a way to show the inner life of every normal commuter populating an anonymous metropolis. Her style is a relaxed sort of realism inspired in part by Impressionism and informed by a graphic designer’s sense of balance. Compositions draw the eye in and resolve in refined, atypical ways. Colors are airy and light, suggesting a larger world just out of frame. Though not every detail is included, enough appear to give these characters a realness to which we can relate.
Elisa Grion was born in Argentina and has exhibited throughout Europe and South America.