Art/Place Gallery hosts ‘Two Views’ art reception

Show features oil paintings of new members, Jeffrey Starkes and Elizabeth Higgins

The public is invited to a reception at Art/Place Gallery for “Two Views,” the oil paintings of new members, Jeffrey Starkes and Elizabeth Higgins on Jan. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The artists will talk about their work throughout the reception. The show runs from Jan. 10 to Feb. 5 and can be viewed every afternoon at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield.

For more information, visit or call 203-374-9720.

J. Starkes, Marks of Mankind

J. Starkes, Marks of Mankind

West Haven resident, Jeffrey Starkes, has a BFA degree from Paier College of Art and had a long career as an art director and graphic designer. He is now an emerging abstract artist working primarily in oils.  His paintings have been displayed at galleries and exhibitions throughout Connecticut. His recent work explores the human propensity and desire for organization and control over the haphazard and chaotic elements of life. He says his paintings feature “ a combination of straight lines and hard edges interacting with amorphous shapes and random colors…spontaneous elements interacting and balanced by planned, logical patterns and element.”

Jeffrey says he is inspired by the art and artifacts of aboriginal cultures and of our earliest ancestors. “I have tried to imagine the primal conflicts and color combinations suggested by cultures where the primary concern is survival. I picture a world where the people and the environment are closely entwined. A time and place where the certainties of science are replaced by superstitions, and knowledge grows out of necessity. In my abstract interpretations of these cultures I hope to discover the essence of the human spirit that shaped our world. As a painter, I endeavor to produce works that are as much about instinct as they are about intellect.”

Elizabeth Higgins was born in Toronto, Canada and now lives in Darien. She received a BFA from Queens University in Canada and an MFA from Parsons School of Design, and she was a Helena Rubenstein Award recipient. She has had several solo shows at the Prince Street Gallery in New York and the Nancy Poole Studio Gallery in Toronto, and most recently at The Argazzi Gallery in Lakeville, CT.  She has also exhibited in group shows at galleries in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC., and Connecticut. Her recent still life painting is featured in traveling exhibitions: in Delaware, New York, Arkansas, and California, and she has work in corporate and private collections in the US and Canada.   

Elizabeth (Betsy) says, “I think the subject matter whether it be a landscape, figure or still life simply provides a vehicle for my painting…a starting off point. I am not interested in literal depictions, rather, if it’s a landscape, it might be the peculiar relationships of the color of the sky and the sea which will give an emotional pull which in turn will make me start a painting. Fidelity to the landscape, the figure or the still life is relative to me. I believe that my painting in that sense is quite abstract.  I look forward to continue to explore the world around me, to the push and the pull of color, line and form in my work. I hope to continue to evolve as an artist pushing the boundaries between invisible and the visible, of making something come to life.”

E. Higgins, Trees

E. Higgins, Trees

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