Elise Wagner

Artist Biography

Elise Wagner painter, printmaker, and teacher, is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey,
Elise relocated to Portland, Oregon 31 years ago. Her initial captivation with the geology,
and the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, lead her to obtain a Bachelor of Science
Degree at Portland State University. She studied painting, sculpture, art history, printmaking,
geology, physics and environmental biology which wove into what would become the conceptual
fabric of her work. Elise is a 2015-16 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant as well
as numerous other grants and awards. Her work is among corporate and private collections
throughout the U.S. and has been published in several books and catalogs. Making the Pacific
Northwest her home base has continually nurtured her lifelong creative pursuits.

Artist Statement

“Encaustic is the ancient medium that combines natural beeswax, resin and pigment. With it,
I have discovered ways to manipulate the medium to create surfaces that match the subject matter
of my work, and my visual intentions for depth and transparency. Encaustic’s texture, flexibility,
instant drying time, and fragility yet durability, allows me to easily work as both an oil painter
and a printmaker.”


One-Person Exhibitions

2017 Amalgamation, A Survey Exhibition of Paintings and Prints, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston
2017 Unearthed, A Solo Exhibition of Encaustic Collagrpah Prints & Plates, Atelier 6000, Bend, OR
2016 Genesis, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 What Remains, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2014 Uncharted Territories, Butters Gallery, Portland OR
2013 Opposing Cartographies, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
2012 Event Horizons, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 Quantum + Creative Connections, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
2011 Quantum Singularities, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
2011 A Decade in Painting, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
2010 New Work, Hallway Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2010 Solar Flare, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 50 Gestures, Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
2009 Celestial Cartographies, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 New Paintings, Hallway Gallery, Bellevue, WA
2008 Particle Maps, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 New Paintings, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2006 Loss and Flow, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 Crop Circles, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
2001 Residual Narratives, The Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR
1999 Remote References, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
1998 Works on Paper, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR
1997 Degenerate Era, Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

Select Group Exhibitions

2017 The McNay Print Fair, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2017 Los Angeles Fine Print Fair, Warnock Fine Arts, International Fine Print Dealers Association, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Portland Fine Print Fair, Warnock Fine Arts, Portland Art Musuem, Portland, OR
2016 Winter Group Show, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 Three Women in Abstract, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2016 Introductions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX
2016 Print, Butters Gallery, Portland OR
2015 Fresh from the PNW, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Art About Agriculture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2014 Swept Away, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2014 Artistic License, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Wicked, Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA
2013 Debut Group Show, Frederick Holmes & Co., Seattle, WA
2013 Silver, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 Swept Away, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Denis, MA
2013 Conference Instructors Exhibition, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013 Terrain, Portland International Airport, Terminal B, Portland, OR
2013 Waxing Poetic: Five Oregon Encaustic Painters, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2012 Cross-Section Invitational, Six High Achieving PSU Alumni – MK Gallery, Portland, OR
2012 Terrain, Spoke Gallery, Medicine Wheel Productions, Boston, MA
2012 Conference Instructors, The School House Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012 Wax: Medium Meets Message, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2010 22, Butters Anniversary Group Show, Portland, OR
2009 Summer Group Show, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 Red Dot Fair, New York, NY and Miami Beach, FL
2007 Red Dot Fair, Miami Beach, FL
2007 Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2007 Red Dot Fair, Park South Hotel, New York, NY
2007 Winter Group Show, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA
2006 Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Center, New York, NY