Elizabeth EndersAdditional Information


Elizabeth Enders was born in New London, Connecticut and attended Abbot Academy (now Phillips Academy) in Andover Massachusetts.  Later, while attending Barnard College, Elizabeth discovered the passion for art and visual expression that has defined and informed her development and success as an artist. Elizabeth spent a portion of her junior year abroad, studying the masters while traveling through Greece, Rome and Florence, returning to Connecticut College in January 1960. The following year, Elizabeth studied creative writing with Poet Laureate William Meredith, a pivotal creative relationship that would have lasting impact on her work. 


In 1965, after marrying and starting a family, Enders began exhibiting at the Stonington Art Gallery in Connecticut, and then in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eventually becoming a founder of the Cambridge Street Artists Co- op.  In 1973, the artist and her family moved to London where she met and was influenced by Michael Craig-Martin and Josef Beuys.  It was at this time that Enders began incorporating materials such as tea bags, dryer lint, stockings and tights in her oil paintings - objects borrowed from and representing her daily life at the intersections of wife, mother and artist.


In 1986, Enders joined the Board of Artists Space in New York and in 1987 received her Master's degree in Painting from New York University. In the early 1990's Enders began receiving solo exhibitions, first at Ulysses Gallery in New York, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in Connecticut and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York until his retirement in 2009.


Abstract and often overtly textual, Enders’ bold and colorful work speaks about the places and experiences that have been most meaningful and transformative for her. Beginning in her early career with satirical and often biographical sketches, the artist eventually branched out into the better known landscapes that represent the land and oceans of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Nova Scotia.  Enders also memorializes transformative experiences such as the loss of her brother and her emotional processing of the events during and following 9/11 through her meditative text-paintings from the Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Look at Art series.


Enders’ work is in many private collections in the United States and Canada, as well as the Dow Jones Art Collection and Pfizer, Inc. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Brooklyn Museum; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut; the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut;  the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut;  the Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, Massachusetts; and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.




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