ELAINE DALCHER BIO
Elaine Dalcher has earned a reputation over the last 30 years for creating bold and colorful oil paintings. Dalcher’s subjects offer the viewer vivid images from a close-up perspective. Whether it is a still life depicting a space in her home or studio, or a landscape with a tree standing as a figure against the sky, she renders subjects in a way that is at once honest, fresh, intimate and familiar.
Dalcher received her MFA from Western Michigan University in 1988 and is represented in public, corporate and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She has shown her work in many galleries and juried competitions around the country, including Lafontsee Gallery in Grand Rapids, Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor, The Nines Gallery in Holland, Michigan, Artemesia Gallery in Chicago, the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Western Michigan University, Aquinas College, The Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, and the Buckham Gallery in Flint, Michigan.
Dalcher is a founding artist of the Tanglefoot Building Artists in Grand Rapids, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this November.
Dalcher received the 2012 Grand Rapids, Michigan YWCA Tribute Award in the arts.
ON DALCHER’S WORK:
QUOTES FROM PUBLICATIONS
“Like the sweep and forces of nature, [Dalcher’s] painting comes alive with energy and vitality.” - Sara Albert Grand Rapids Press
“[Dalcher] has a simplified, vigorous approach. Her painting is a personal, emotional and spiritual expression that reflects an acute awareness of life….” - Sylvia Krissoff, GR Press
“One of my favorite art encounters was at the work space of Elaine Dalcher. Paintings are either color on canvas or emotion on canvas, and Dalcher combines both with a simple, unpretentious style. Her paintings reveal a depth of feeling beneath the object depicted, an unseen plane where viscerally felt emotion coexists with the subjects of her work. Even the paint-splattered floor around her work area has an interesting vibe.” - Bruce Madden, On-The-Town Magazine
ELAINE DALCHER ARTIST'S STATEMENT
In my paintings, I focus on authentic subjects from my immediate surroundings, concentrating particularly on nature and the landscape, the interior and the still life.
My process begins with direct observation: I often work outdoors on location or from a still life in the studio. I render initial observations in a value-based series of drawings; through these, I seek to understand the space and emphasis of the composition. I then draw my subject until it becomes a comfortable part of my visual language.
Once I have achieved this level of familiarity, I translate the composition onto a canvas that has been undercoated with a ground – sometimes a traditional raw umber or earth green, but more commonly a lively, but toned down color: dark red, deep orange, yellow ochre, blue violet or yellow green. My palette is bright and vivid, a collection of colors, complements, values and intensities that ranges across the spectrum. I start with the main subject and work outward to the edges of the canvas. Following this, I rework the image until I am satisfied.
A recurring feature in my art is the simplified composition, one that relies upon close-up perspective, regardless of content. This reflects the way I see things in my world: clearly, directly, and concisely. Because I am not concerned with elaborate detail, I am able to incorporate expressive brushwork and bold finger-painting in a way that would otherwise not be possible. My overarching goal is to create a balanced piece in which subject, composition, brushwork, and color are blended harmoniously.
R E S U M E
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting
Western Michigan University, 1988 • Kalamazoo, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts Degree / K-12 Teacher Certification
Thomas Jefferson College, 1974 • Grand Valley State University • Allendale, Michigan
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2014 LaFontsee Gallery - Grand Rapids, Michigan
2014 LaFontsee Gallery - Douglas, Michigan
2012 Grand Rapids YWCA Tribute Award for the Arts
Saint Mary's Hospital
Grand Rapids, Michigan • One Woman Show: June/July 2013
Tanglefoot Artists / Elaine Dalcher Studio
Affiliated Artists Annual Show • Grand Rapids, Michigan
1990 - 2013
ArtPrize 2009, 2012, 2013
Exhibitor and Tanglefoot Venue Manager, 2009
Byrne/Boehm Art Gallery
Grand Rapids, Michigan • Two Person Show 2006
Crooked Tree Art Center
Petoskey, Michigan • Two Person Show 2006
The Nines Gallery
Holland, Michigan • Two Person Shows 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Grand Rapids, Michigan • Featured Artist, 2000
Fountain Street Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan • One Person Show 2000
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids, Michigan 1992, 1995, 1997
Betty Clark Cannon Gallery
Muskegon, Michigan 1994
Krasl Art Center
St. Joseph, Michigan 1991
Chicago, Illinois 1990
Buckham Fine Arts Gallery
Flint, Michigan 1989
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan 1987, 1988
Grand Rapids Gallery of Women’s Art
Grand Rapids, Michgan 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
Elaine Dalcher Studio: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Tanglefoot Artists: Grand Rapids, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries: Grand Rapids and Douglas, Michigan
Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan 1976 – 2010
• Experience teaching all ages 4 – 80 years of age
Elaine Dalcher Studio Classroom at Tanglefoot
Thursday Evening Painting Class with Elaine
Open to adults with beginning to intermediate experience
Special Project Instructor - Charter and Public Schools
2011 - Present