Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Elyse Ashe Lord - Artist Printmaker

I have always been attracted to the prints by Elyse Lord, probably because of the bright colours and oriental dancing girl subjects. So unlike the heavy dark black line engravings that were popular in the period she was working.

She was a Kent based artist who specialised in coloured prints of oriental subjects, often featuring japanese maidens and dancers or still life studies within eastern settings. Mainly dry point with hand colouring although some look to have wood block colouring.

Biographical information is limited and we do not even know when she was born, although several dates c1895/1900 have been published. From her exhibition record we have her living in Sidcup, Footscray and Bexley all in the north west Kent part of Greater London.

Her work was popular and well enough appreciated to have been subject to the critic Malcolm Salaman's inclusion in his Masters of the Modern Colour Prints Series in 1927. She exhibited widely and was elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1922.

Her exhibition record includes;

Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham
7 Leferve Galery
Brook Street Gallery 9 Royal Academy 2
Fine Art Society 3 Royal Cambrian Academy 2
Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
2 Redfern Gallery
Goupel Gallery 2 Royal Inst of Painters in Water Colours 20
Walker Gallery, Liverpool
21 Royal Scottish Academy

Her work is similar to a few other artists, such as Geoffrey Snyed Garnier, Robert Herdman Smith and the American art Dorsey Potter Tyson.
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