Elisabeth Condon Wins the PULSE Prize


Elisabeth Condon, White Swan, 2014. 59 x 59 inches. Oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Emerson Dorsch, booth A2.PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is pleased to announce Elisabeth Condon as the winner of the 2015 New York PULSE Prize. Since 2006 the PULSE Prize, a jury awarded $2,500 cash grant, has been given to an artist of distinction with a solo exhibition in a booth at the fair. Condon is represented by Emerson Dorsch gallery of Miami, Florida in booth A2.


“Elizabeth Condon’s new paintings are spectacular," says juror Lisa K. Erf, Director and Chief Curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. "They convey a deep understanding of Chinese Literati and Postwar American painting traditions that is surprisingly fresh and completely her own.”


Emerson Dorsch presented a new series of works by Condon—including five large-scale mixed-media paintings, four ink on vellum drawings and a vibrant red toile wallpaper design, all inspired by the artist’s recent travels to Shanghai (and shipped directly from China to the fair). Inspired equally by Chinese ink wash painting and American modernism, the paintings feature elements of Shanghai’s iconic skyline against bright swaths of color offset by sparkling glitter. Located just inside the entrance to the fair, the works provide a bold entry point to PULSE. The dynamic presentation generated buzz from the moment the fair opened on Thursday March 5th, including the opening-day sale of Condon’s painting Thereal Body.  
Condon, who is known for her lush colorful paintings, is a Los Angeles native who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Tampa, Florida. She is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Florida Individual Artist Grant, a Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship, and has received numerous university research grants. 


The 2014 Miami Beach PULSE Prize was awarded to Andrea Canepa, and the 2014 New York prize went to Hassan Hajjaj.