bio: Written in 1995 by Bill Berle)
Elizabeth Koval's bright and energetic art will likely
redefine the standards that new artists are judged by.
Her vibrant colors, unmatched attention to detail, and
enormous range of styles unashamedly contrast much of
today's lukewarm "Commercialism". This immensely
talented young artist can capture a dream or explore
the tranquil spirituality of nature in one piece, yet
flush out our most powerful emotions in another with
mystic symbolism and the sheer force of color. With
little or no formal training, her work leaps nevertheless
into our mind's eye and defies us to forget the power
and emotions of her images. Koval's work often brings
together realism and ancient mythology, as in "Kibo".
This beautiful piece depicts the centuries old Japanese
superstition of a thousand paper cranes bringing good
luck. "Kibo" pays homage to this cultural
symbol, then brings the paper birds to life and lets
them soar into reality.
The artist's work ventures into the real and then a
bit further, without sacrificing the natural beauty
or texture to extremes. "Mythical Stone Gardens"
is a series of four mythological creatures, each in
the color of one distinct stone. Koval's Phoenix, Griffin,
Pegasus, and Unicorn take to life as amethyst, thulite,
malichite, and tourmaline. It is here that the power
and emotion of color is used to illuminate the strengths
and personalities of these mythical animals. She leaps
from the vivid fantasy of this series to the peace and
serenity of "Beauty Of The Bonsai", another
series of four pieces where we enter a plesant trance,
both respectful of the Bonsai's solemn dignity and in
tune with the ancient living spirit within. The passing
of the torch across generations is theme to "Tangu
No Sekku", a traditional oriental piece that makes
audible the unspoken words on a holiday outing. Here,
we see the ancient Japanese fascination with the kite,
but even more importantly the bringing of a father and
son together in a special moment of kinship.
different works have been described as Organic, Naturalistic,
and Super Realistic, but to cast Elizabeth Koval's art
into any one category is impossible because of the delicious
variations in style and substance. Koval is equally
talented working with brush, the airbrush, and in gouache,
watercolor, acrylic, and ink. More than one of these
methods and /or media are usually brought together in
each piece. She studied 2 dimentional design and airbrush
art in college, earning an Associate of Arts degree
from Los Angeles Pierce college. Over fifteen pieces
have been commissioned either privately or by corporations,
ranging from portraits to fantasy paintings, to business
images and wearable art. Her work has won multiple awards
at the "Western States Craft and Hobby Association"
competition held at the Orange County Fairgrounds. 26
year old Elizabeth Koval lives in Los Angeles with her
husband, musical composer Ken Maffeo.