Lily of the Valley

Elizabeth Enders
Lily of the Valley
17 X 14 inches, 25 x 22 inches (framed)

Signed and dated (at lower right): Enders 2003

About the Artist

Elizabeth McGuire Enders was born and raised in New London, Connecticut. A graduate of Abbot Academy which was merged with Phillips Academy, Andover in Massachusetts she went on to Barnard College in New York and then to Connecticut College from which she graduated in 1962. In 1987 she received a M.A. in painting from New York University.

Like many woman of her era, Enders married her husband Anthony Enders as soon as she completed college. During the 1960’s Enders juggled her art career and raising four young children. Her first exhibition was in 1965 in Stonington, CT followed by a one-person show at a gallery in Cambridge, MA in 1966. By 1971 Enders was also a gallerist operating the cooperative Inman Square Gallery in Cambridge. From 1973 until 1977 Enders and her family lived in London where she became influenced by artist Josef Beuys and Modern British artist Prunella Clough. By the 1990’s Enders was given a number of solo shows in New York City at Ulysses Gallery and the Charles Cowles Gallery. During this time she also had her first museum exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT.

Enders paintings and works on paper are deeply personal and reflect her roles as a wife, mother and keen observer of nature. The artist’s work ranges from small and intimate botanical works on paper and meditative text paintings to large, almost monumental oils of the sea. Her work is found in private collections, corporate collections and museums like the Addison Gallery of American Art (Phillips Andover Academy), the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a triad of Connecticut Museums – The Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyman Allyn Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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