ELAINE COOMBS


Elaine Coombs lives and works in San Francisco, California.  Born and educated in Ontario, Canada, she moved to the Bay Area in 2001 after several years of travel and work abroad.  Her paintings have been exhibited across the United States, mainly in California, New York, Washington, and Utah, and also in Canada, Europe, and Asia.  

Her work can be found in over 300 private, corporate and public collections, most notably the U.S. Department of State - Art Bank Program; The City and County of San Francisco Civic Art Collection; and the Ritz Carlton Highlands Hotel in Lake Tahoe, California. 

In her latest artwork, Elaine is exploring the effects of light and fog as they relate to her ongoing fascination with the forest landscape environment.  Her trademark dot technique is painstakingly handmade and yet evokes a pixelated computer image when viewed up close.  Indeed, the work presents a duality of vision – one that juxtaposes the physical and the emotional, the figurative and the abstract, the handmade and the manufactured.

Recently, she was chosen as one of six artists commissioned by the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation to paint a large heart sculpture for the annual public art series - 2017 Hearts in SF.

 


EDUCATION
1996        
Honours BA – Art & Art History Specialist, University of Toronto, Canada
1996        
Diploma – Studio Art, Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada (joint program)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS, SELECTED
2016        
Conversations / Second State, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT (two-person)
Solo exhibit, 425 California Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2012       
Point of Contrast
, 455 Market Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011        
Solo exhibit, Hang Art Projects, 55 Second Street Solarium, San Francisco, CA 
Blue Skies, 525 Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009        
Silent Poetry
, Baxter & Cook Art Advisors, San Francisco Design Center, CA
2007       
Enchantment
, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA 
Progressive Shift, @Space Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (two-person)
2006       
Unconditionally Feminine
, Caldwell Memorial Gallery, Redwood City, CA (two-person)
2005       
Solo exhibit, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA 
2000       
Square Dancing
, The Palette Room Gallery - SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, SELECTED
2017
Summer SOL, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT        
48 Pillars, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Invitational, catalogue)
Salon at the Triton:  Annual Statewide 2D Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA (Juried)

2016        
Winter SOL, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT
Hamburg Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany (with Artered Gallery)
Annual Fine Art Trunk Show, Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
New York Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY (with Artered Gallery)
Beyond the Pour II - The Creative Process, San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design (Curated by Bob Nugent)
Massively Small, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT

2015
Winter SOL, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT 
Hamburg Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany (with Artered Gallery)
Annual Fine Art Trunk Show, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Special Exhibition, Garden Court Antiques Showroom, San Francisco, CA (with Chandra Cerrito Contemporary)
Massively Small, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT
Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China (with Artered Gallery)
Singapore Affordable Art Fair, F1 Pit Building, Singapore (with Artered Gallery)
Abstract Landscapes & Cityscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA

2014
Winter SOL, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT
Winter Group Exhibition, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Annual Fine Art Trunk Show, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Massively Small, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT
Transitional Landscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Singapore Affordable Art Fair, F1 Pit Building, Singapore (with Artered Gallery)
Inception, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT

2013        
Winter SOL, J GO Gallery, Park City, UT 
Annual Fine Art Trunk Show, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA
Landscapes / Cityscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Winter Group Show, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012        
Annual Fine Art Trunk Show, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA (with Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts)
Branching Out, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA (Invitational)
Marin Designers Showcase, Belvedere, CA (with Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts)     
Winter Market, A. Rudin Showroom, San Francisco Design Center, San Francisco, CA

2011        
Seasonal Landscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
New Contemporary Works, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Annual Fine Art Trunk Show, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA 
Northern California Landscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
ArtSpan Benefit Art Show & Auction, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Award)

2010        
The Feminine Mystique, Mina Dresden, San Francisco, CA (Invitational)
Holiday Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
Seasonal Landscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA 
Natural and Urban Landscapes, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Northern California Landscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Francisco, CA 
Works on Paper, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA    
Artspan Benefit Art Show & Auction, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Award)

2009        
End of Summer Group Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
California Open Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA

2008
Holiday Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
Red Dot Art Fair - London, UK (with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY)
Fall Auction Exhibition, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA    
Summer Salon, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
Summer Group Show, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Art Santa Fe, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM (with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY)
Monotype Marathon, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Affordable Art Fair - New York (with Hang Art, San Francisco, CA)
Then and Now, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
Red Dot Art Fair - New York (with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY)          
9th Annual National Exhibition, Kauffman Gallery- Huber Art Center, Shippensburg University, PA (Juried)

2007      
Tree is Nice, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
Los Angeles Art Show, Santa Monica, CA (with Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA)
Selections 2007, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Juried, Catalogue)
Paperwork, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA         
Fall Auction Exhibition, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 
Dwell on Design, San Francisco Concourse & Exhibition Center, (with Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA)
Works of Art on Paper, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ (Juried)
50th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC (Juried)
Wild and Scenic, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA

2006      
Wish, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
Holiday Show, Propeller Modern, San Francisco, CA
Rooted, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA 
Unframed, Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
Affordable Art Fair - New York (with Hang Art, San Francisco, CA)

2005       
New Directions ’05, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY (Juried)
Botanica, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA (Juried)
30th Annual Open Show, Roseville Arts Center, Roseville, CA  (Juried)
Arts on Fire IX, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA  (Juried)
Annual Juried Show, Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA 
General Art Show, Cultural Arts Commission Gallery, South San Francisco, CA
 
2004    
Inaugural Exhibition, Gallery 717, San Francisco, CA (Invitational)
General Art Show, Cultural Arts Commission Gallery, South San Francisco, CA

2000      
13th Annual Miniature Exhibition, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada (Juried)

1996      
Graduating Exhibition,
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada       

SELECTED COLLECTIONS 
Public        
City of San Francisco Civic Art Collection, Zuckerberg General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
City of San Francisco Civic Art Collection, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, 2017 ‘Hearts in SF’ Public Art Series - Large Heart Artist, San Francisco, CA        
U.S. Department of State, Art Bank Program, Washington, DC
Corporate
Deerfield Campbell LLC, Menlo Park, CA
Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, CA
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
Imagery Winery Collection, Glen Ellen, CA (4 label set - Artistry Series, Collaboration with Heather Patterson)
Imagery Winery Collection, Glen Ellen, CA (Individual Wine Label)
Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA
Kaiser Permanente Specialty Medical Office Building, Dublin, CA
Kaiser Permanente Technology Center, Pleasanton, CA
Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP, San Francisco, CA
New Island Capital, San Francisco, CA
North East Medical Services (NEMS), San Jose, CA 
Ritz-Carlton Highlands Hotel, Lake Tahoe, CA 
Romel Enterprises LLC, San Mateo, CA 
Stonebrae Country Club & Golf Course, Hayward, CA
Stoneridge Creek Guest Suites, Pleasanton, CA
Symbol Capital Ventures, San Francisco, CA
UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA    

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
2010 – Current    Simon Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley & San Francisco, CA
2013 – Current    J GO Gallery, Park City, UT
2014 – Current    Artered Gallery, International (based in New York, NY)
2009 – 2015        Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
2010 – 2012        Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA (Contemporary Painting Division closed 2012)
2008 – 2010        Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 – 2010        Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA (closed 2010)
2007 – 2008        @Space Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (closed) 
2006 – 2009        Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

AWARDS
2016      
Honorarium - Hearts in SF 2017 Large Heart Sculpture Artist, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
Honorarium – In conjunction with 425 California Street Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, CA 
2011      
Honorarium - In conjunction with Hang Art Projects Solo Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1st Place Award:  Representational Category – ArtSpan Benefit Art Show & Auction, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2010      
Juror’s Choice Award - Artspan Benefit Art Show & Auction, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA

LECTURES
2012        
The Tree as Artist’s Muse, Artist talk and slide presentation in conjunction with the exhibition, Branching Out,     Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA
In the Studio, Artist talk given to the graduating BFA students and faculty of Mesa State College, Grand                 Junction, Colorado.
        
PROJECTS
2011 – Current     Second State – Ongoing collaborative art project with Colorado artist Heather Patterson.
            SecondState.weebly.com

BIBLIOGRAPHY
(Cover photo) Nob Hill Gazette, February 2017.
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