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Luscious Lead White

Though now mostly unavailable within the EU, Lead or Cremnitz White has been used by painters for centuries. It killed Caravaggio and was a crucual ingredient in Lucien Freud's impasto and flesh tones. Beloved by many painters for its thick consistency and buttery feel as you …

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Painting With Fra Angelico

They were already there when I arrived at my studio: eight jars of mysterious blue powders.   A post shared by Elizabeth Briel (@ebrielart) on Jul 2, 2018 at 4:26pm PDT The powders were different grades of lapis lazuli, ranging in …

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San Francisco Studio

Above an experimental artspace and restaurant in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood are art studios like this one. It's where I'll be spending most days this July, making paints from the ash of semiprecious stones, mixing them with spike …

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Chinese Blueprints

              A post shared by Elizabeth Briel (@ebrielart) on Jun 13, 2018 at 4:38am PDT Often uniqueness lies in mistakes, in physical strain, or the unexpected. One square cm of my original sharks fin …

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Slices of Memories

    A post shared by Elizabeth Briel (@ebrielart) on May 28, 2018 at 10:24pm PDT Artists can never predict what materials will inspire them. These green and brown squares are sliced from a block of Aleppo soap I bought …

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Painting Climate Change

    A post shared by Elizabeth Briel (@ebrielart) on May 27, 2018 at 6:19am PDT As a meteorologist told me devastating stories of climate change and showed me the graphs to prove it, I followed the shape of the …

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Cruel Luxuries 2: Taipei

My recent residency at Treasure Hill Artist Village culminated in an exhibition. This incarnation incorporated 20 meters of silk printed with sharks fins, music from the last castrato opera singer (recorded in 1902), and images from my father's life as a young Catholic priest …

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Cruel Luxuries in South Island Arts District

A recent exhibition was an opportunity to share Cruel Luxuries in a new context           A post shared by Elizabeth Briel (@ebrielart) on Mar 14, 2018 at 7:21am PDT   Installing the artwork in a warehouse …

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Cruel Luxuries at Blue Lotus Gallery

Photo by Jin Heng This Saturday 16th December you're welcome to come by Blue Lotus Gallery at 4pm for an encounter with Cruel Luxuries. Each time is an experiment, with more layers of sound and material. More info here Hope to see you there.

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Cruel Luxuries Hong Kong [beta]

Photo by Marcel Hejinen On 1st and 2nd December, the Cheung Chau Wave festival hosted the first stage of my project Cruel Luxuries. It's an exploration of the cruelty behind many of humanity's highest or luxurious art forms, from large (the Pyramids) to small (cochineal to produce organic red dye). …

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