Painter Ellen Buselli uses her collection of antique oriental vases, old Roman glass, American Arts & Craft pottery, pueblo pottery, and other artifacts for subject matter in her still-life and floral paintings. Her careful observations of light and shadow, form, edges, values, and color evoke a calm classical order, and a sense of timelessness in her work.
After study at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy and graduating from Cornell University with a BFA degree, Buselli moved to New York City and studied at the Art Students League, and Grand Central Atelier. She paints from her north light studio in an old brownstone built in 1893, which mirrors her love of the turn-of the century painters and traditional art practices. Painting from life and attempting to capture the beauty before her is the ultimate challenge and always captivating for Buselli.
Quote from Buselli’s feature article “Observing Carefully, Thinking Abstractly, Painting Traditionally” in AMERICAN ARTIST magazine:
“Painting is about observation. The process involves thinking abstractly – even if painting traditionally - and observing how light and shadow, atmosphere, value, edges, color and temperatures of color work together to give a subject matter its form. If thoughtful and careful about all of the above, a painting will emerge, and a two-dimensional surface will appear three-dimensional like magic.”
Her inspiration and influences include the great paintings of Fantin La Tour, Emil Carlsen, John Singer Sargent, William Merrit Chase, and Giorgio Morandi, among others.
In addition to the still-life and floral genre, Buselli also paints plein-air landscapes, the figure, and portraits.
AWARDS and DISTINCTIONS
Awards and Honors:
ARC Salon 2017 Finalist – still life category
ARC Salon 2009 Semi-Finalist – still life category
The Butler Museum of American Art 81st Midyear Juried Exhibition 2017
Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA – “Root To Bloom” Juried Exhibition 2016
FASO BoldBrush Award 2016
Salmagundi Club Invited Guest Artist – One Woman Show/Salon Workshop 2010
Oil Painters of America: Best Still Life Award
Jack Richeson Silver Brush Award
Winsor & Newton Award of Exellence
American Artist Magazine: Cover Award and Feature article
First Place 70th Anniversary Competition
The Artist’s Magazine: First Cover Competition Award and Feature Article
Honorable Mention – Still life Category
American Women Artists: Best in Show
National Academy of Design 175th National Juried Exhibition, Oil
Allied Artists of America
Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club
Ridgewood Art Institute
American Artists Professional League
She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the country, has been accepted to numerous national juried and museum exhibitions winning awards at many of them, and is in many private collections.
Oil Painters of America – Signature Status
American Women Artists – Master Signature Status
Art Students League of New York – Lifetime Member
Portrait Society of America – Artist Member
Salmagundi Club – Artist Member