Elizabeth Hack Critical Review

Elizabeth Hack paints horizontal bands of color that develop into rich impressions of atmosphere, ocean and landscape. To create the works of her 10-year long series, “Waves”, the artist scrapes paint across canvas, panel or paper in one stroke of the hand, again and again, in a layered fashion until the work achieves a meditative and material balance. A thin line of black ink delineates smaller detail to bring the viewer intimately closer to the work while suggesting water droplets or speckled light. As symbols of the eternal sunset or landscape, Hack’s paintings inspire an immediate sense of peace and the presence of a universal life source still a mystery to us all.

Delene Hessinger, Art Advisor

Interview with Elizabeth Hack: How We Work - [Download pdf]

After moving to Berkeley in the 1980s Elizabeth studied with
art professor Fred Reichman who encouraged her and became her mentor.

Carol Markos
Editor, Writer, LAMA books

Artweek Magazine Review

"California Contemporary" at Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art

“... quiet paint and ink meditations on the never-ending ebb and flow of ocean tides. Lovely and serene, these works showed imperfect and varied lines that rolled and oozed across the canvas. She used metallic sparingly to play up the cool greens, blues and corals that echoed a seaside palette. Over the painted surface, Hack outlined each wave's nuance with a thin black line of ink.”

Christine Brenneman, San Francisco, CA