Two Avocados and a Red Stripe by Elise Toups

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Two Avocados and a Red Stripe by Elise Toups

3,500.00

Elise Toups, “Two Avocados and a Red Stripe” (2005), Oil on birch, 38 x 48, $3,500

In 2005, Elise graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in painting from Louisiana State University.  In the six years between her undergraduate studies and graduate school, she painted professionally and taught extensively in Baton Rouge.  She then moved to Lansing, Michigan, discovered seasons, and earned her MFA from Michigan State University. This postgraduate education made Elise reexamvine and reconceptualize the role of art in her life and in the world.  She broadened her artistic training when she took a one-year hiatus from painting to study digital fabrication, feminism, and performance. After her third winter, Elise was magnetized back to New Orleans and the steaming, subtropical climate into which she was born. Her work is an expression of the ornate, gaudy, hermitic old woman who lives inside her mind and heart.  Her pieces have been shown in the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, in galleries across the United States, and in Joinville, Brazil.

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