Perfection of Form and Sculpture
Artist | Eleanora Kupencow
By | Krieger | Eley | Art Advisors
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Retrospective / Page 5
Concept Theme and approach of the exhibition / Page 6
Art Work Sculpture / Pages 7-14
Art Work The Evolution of Paintings / Pages 15-65
Educational Component / Page 66
Artist Bio / Pages 67-68
Artist Resume / Pages 69-71
Art Advisory / Pages 72-73
Why A Retrospective?
Viewing Eleanora Kupencow’s work from the 1960s to the present one observes that her progress is linear: moving
from one stage to another in a sequential path. Beginning out of the chaos of the non-objective with the gradual
inclusion of myriad objects, all of her paintings reveal her signature bold colors and energetic brush strokes; these
representations of animals, birds, fish, trees, furniture, houses, buildings, bicycles and cars are earth-bound or are
flying in the heavens.
Her objects are culled from the Bible, myths, history, literature and dreams. Over many decades she has created her
own pictorial lexicon. In recent years some of these objects have become three-dimensional sculptures and FunSeetz
which are enjoyed by thousands as Public Art.
THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM
Why the Brooklyn Museum?
Eleanora Kupencow was born in Brooklyn – in Greenpoint. Her immigrant maternal grandparents owned a grocery
store, and her paternal grandparents owned a boarding house. Both families were active in settling Polish immigrants
in the community and were members of the church vestry which started the first bilingual school.
In 2006 Eleanora moved to Dumbo. In 2008 Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz chose her as one of 25
outstanding residents to include in his State of the Borough Address. Since residing in Dumbo, Eleanora has hosted
many gatherings for the Brooklyn arts community: The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn Arts
Council, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Dumbo Improvement District, the White Wave Dance Company and the
In 2008, The Dumbo Improvement District asked her to exhibit her Dag Hammarskjold installation of the Arrows of
Time at the Pearl Street Triangle. In 2009, Eleanora was awarded the Magic Feather Award by the Dumbo
Improvement District. Since 2012, Eleanora exhibited six FunSeetz at the Old Fulton Plaza, Dumbo. Eleanora has
hosted fundraising events for Brooklyn political candidates including the mayor. 5
Title: “Interfacing Identities” | Perfection through color and form
Theme and approach of the exhibition:
Diverse cultural influences within a tapestry of collective identities inform Eleanora Kupencow’s art. The
scope, color and vision of her work are abundant with forms and patterns in motion.
These works awaken universality and invite inclusiveness. This body of work begs the question of what is
common ground in your own cultural identity, your community, society or family. Whatever your cultural
influences, her exhibition is a reflection of shared identities. It is a lesson in convergence of culture and
speaks to cultural globalization as the canon.
Eleanora’s work is uniquely suited to the Brooklyn Museum’s Mission: To create inspiring encounters with
art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities.
Powder-coated aluminum, sizes range 10' X 35' to 4.5' X 3.5’
Private collections: Dumbo, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Hamptons, NY.
EVOLUTION OF PAINTINGS
1960s - Present
Eleanora has taught children and adults in many settings, public and private schools, camps,
colleges and museums.
She has designed a wide range of projects ranging from children with special needs to
instructing Sunday school teachers to design their own art projects using found objects and or
donated materials in low-income communities.
ELEANORA KUPENCOW -- “Speaking through Color and Form”
Eleanora Kupencow’s earliest artwork was done in the stroller or on the subway about which her
mother would say “Stop drawing in the air!” As the youngest of four children who could all draw
what they saw, Kupencow learned by watching her siblings’ busy hands. Since her father was a
printer there were reams of paper. All this was done on the Persian carpet whose geometry and
flat perspective still inform her work.
Her lifelong love of primary color can be traced to her having seen the movie the “Wizard of Oz,”
where she traveled from the black and white world of Greenpoint (her Kansas) over the Rainbow
to Oz. Not until she studied with Evsa Model was her dream realized. Unlike her previous teachers
Evsa did not emphasis drawing and perspective; it was all about color and form. Thereafter, her
work exploded into a fusion of primary-colored shapes and figures in motion.
BIO | Page Two
Patterns and Repetition
Patterns are present in the work but are not so balanced as to be symmetrical, or to be
predictable to the viewer. The element of surprise is essential. In her work, figures are often
engaged in running, dancing or rollerskating -- often appearing to go over one edge of the
painting and to return on the other. According to Kupencow, whose paintings can be viewed
upside-down or sideways, “A painting ‘works” if it is always in harmony with itself, as if all of
its parts have grown out of the same garden. My paintings are about color and form. I want
the viewer’s eyes to move around the canvas because of the way I place the colors.”
Paintings Give Birth to Sculpture
More than a dozen years ago, after a lifetime of painting, Kupencow took her images from the
canvas and brought them to life in three dimension. Her variety of whimsical “people’ and
“animals” is seemingly endless. Created in powder-coated aluminum, these creatures can
range in size from six inches to more than sixteen feet in height. Many stand on pedestals as
imposing-yet-engaging sculptures, while others serve a practical function as FunSeetz, which
can be found in numerous public places, including the Old Fulton Plaza in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
RESUME | Part 1
B.A., Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Studied under Evsa Model for five years, New York, NY
SCULPTURE EXHIBITIONS | 2015-2017
Public Atrium at 180 Maiden Lane, New York City | Permanent installation, sculptures & Funseetz
2017 Split Level Gallery, Dumbo, New York |Solo Sculpture & Paintings
2016 Anderson Contemporary Gallery, New York, NY | Solo sculpture and paintings
2015 White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
• Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
• Exteriors Exhibit at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY | Permanent installation, Fun Seetz
2013 Old Fulton Plaza, Dumbo , NY | Permanent installation, Fun Seetz
2012 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton, NY |
RESUME | Part 2
2011 Galerie Pananti, Florence, Italy | Solo Sculpture and Painting
2010 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," Pearl Street Triangle in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
| Permanent installation
2008 "Horsing Around the Arrows of Time," Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NY
2007 De Vos Museum at University of Northern Michigan, Marquette, MI | Solo Sculpture and Painting
Cazenovia College | Permanent installation, Sculpture
Juried show in the garden at Victor D’Amico Library Amagansett, NY | Sculptures
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY | Solo Sculpture
Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY | Recent Paintings
The Polish Institute of Arts and Science of America, PIASA Gallery, Recent Artworks, New York, NY | Painting
Marymount Manhattan College, The Perfection of Play, New York, NY| Solo Sculpture and Painting
Horace Richter Gallery, The Perfection of Play, Tel Aviv, Israel | Painting
RESUME | Part 3
1999 Elaine Benson Gallery, Paintings, Bridgehampton, NY | Painting
1980 Jacmel Gallery, New Hope, PA | Paintings
1970 Moravian College, , Bethlehem, PA | Retrospective
1969 Wickersham Gallery, New York, NY | Paintings
• White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton NY | Sculptures
• Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY | Sculptures, Fun Seetz
• Victor D’Amico Library and Archives, Amagansett, NY | Sculptures
• Upfront Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Pattern and Pulse, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
• The Blue Sky Emerging Arts, The Sky’s the Limit, New York, NY
• MG/CVB Space, Works on Paper, NY
• Southwest Minnesota State University, William Whipple Gallery, The Elements of Geometry, Marshall, MN
• Goldstrom Gallery/CVB Space, International Paper Exhibition, curated by Edward Evan, New York, NY
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