What to see at EAST: Three polished painters

We’re breaking it down for you.

Because it’s impossible to see even a portion of the more than 450 numbered tour stops on the East Austin Studio Tour, Nov. 14.-15, 21-22.

Conceptual art and installation projects may be all the rage these days. But the achievements of adroit and alluring painters never go unnoticed.

Here’s my pick of three whose talents shouldn’t be missed:


Elizabeth McDonald. Potent with stories that are nevertheless enticingly obscured, McDonald’s paintings are luscious, large and expressive. Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 1 #206. EAST #143

Elizabeth McDonald, "All That Ever Was," 2015
Elizabeth McDonald, “All That Ever Was,” 2015


John Swanger. Swanger’s beguiling, ethereal abstractions belie only a few of the physical processes (the folding, the crumpling, the layering of different types of paint) that go into their creation.   701 Tillery St. EAST # 178


John Swanger, "No title #24," Enamel, acrylic, paper on canvas.
John Swanger, “No title #24,” Enamel, acrylic, paper on canvas.


Rachel K. Bury. The objectness of a painting becomes the focus of Bury’s practice of manipulating painted sheets of plastic, turning them inside out to call attention to physical properties of the material. White Light Studio, 900 Vargas Road. EAST #282.


Rachel K. Bury, "Tip Top (red spot)," acetate, acrylic, wood, 2015
Rachel K. Bury, “Tip Top (red spot),” acetate, acrylic, wood, 2015

For more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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