Isabel Bigelow


Isabel Bigelow Biography

Finding fertile ground in the space between abstraction and representation, Bigelow closes in on familiar elements. Trees, fences, islands and forests disappear or come sharply into view as they vie for attention with the surrounding atmosphere.  The material evolution of the works is essential to their realization. The surface of the panel is slowly built up to provide a textural support for thin veils of color applied in layers.  Each layer is restrained yet sumptuous, softly mingling with the layer underneath lending a diaphanous effect to the atmosphere of the painting.

 A graduate of Harvard University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Bigelow has exhibited throughout the United States.  Her work is in the collections of The Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Yale University Art Gallery, The New York Public Library, the University of Virginia and the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ.  She has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo and Millay.