Eleanor Gilpatrick is a contemporary realist. She has painted landscapes, figural works, and still lifes that capture fragments of the world that arrest the viewer in terms of composition, color, and content. Working in acrylic on canvas, a modern colorist, she expresses an affirmation of life with a hint of the solitary.
In 2007 she embarked on a new undertaking, to express her thoughts about the state of the world. Her "In The World" anti-war series was the first result; she has moved on to the issue of Climate Change, which she believes is the most important issue facing mankind. When a painting is inspired by a press photo, as opposed to her own photos, she makes a pont of crediting the source.
Prior to her art career, Eleanor Gilpatrick was professor at the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). She won prizes for painting and draftsmanship in high school and at the Educational Alliance in New York City, but chose to study the social sciences in college and graduate school. She eventually became an expert in health care policy and human resources, authored four books, directed a masters program in health services administration, and pioneered courses in critical thinking and writing.
She picked up the thread of drawing and painting in 1998 in plein-air workshops in Italy and returned to serious study at Hunter College, where Gabriele Evertz and Bob Swain became her mentors. She painted successfully until June, 2016, when she decided it was time to stop. Her work is still available online.
Gilpatrick's work includes strong, romantic landscapes set in New York and places she has traveled to in the US and Europe. She was influenced by the 19th Century sensibility of Turner and The Hudson River School, but expresses a 21st Century strength with vigorous brushwork, strong composition, and powerful or surprising content. The work with the figure looks at people in motion at a moment in time, absorbed in the activity of their daily lives, wherever that may be.
Gilpatrick has had solo shows in Manhattan; Eastview/Tarrytown, NY; Milford, CT; and the Bulgarian Consulate, Manhattan, and had her final show in June 2016 at The Jadite Galleries in Manhattan. She has been in countless juried shows. Her painting, The Shell Monument, was the August selection for the 2007 Emerging Artists Calendar.