Bio

 

Following a long and successful career as a physician and scientist, Laurence decided around 2014 to refocus his energy on studio art.  He had always had an active interest in art that included painting and drawing,  as well as coursework and workshops.  He mentions several courses and interactions with Nathan Olivera and Frank Lobdell while a student at Stanford that galvanized his interest.  Autobiographical themes in Elias’ work are noticeable, as expressive organic patterns emerge from ordered geometric starting points. More importantly, Laurence intends his art to elicit magical, transporting, or uncanny states of mind. For him, art is about inner experiences that may be enjoyably disruptive. 

 

Laurence attended the UC Berkeley Extension post-baccalaureate certificate program, followed by enrollment in the California College of the Arts’ graduate program. He received his MFA in Visual Art in 2018.

 

       

 

Resume

Born in Brooklyn, NY; Currently resides and works in Berkeley CA

 

Education:

  • California College of the Arts,  M.F.A., 2018 

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts, UC Berkeley

Extension, San Francisco, 2016 

  • Art Coursework and Workshops (1966-2016):  

    • U.C. Berkeley Extension

    • Stanford University 

    • Kala Institute (Berkeley)

    • University of New Mexico 

    • Harwood Foundation (Albuquerque NM)  

    • Princeton University

  • Stanford University, M.D., 1972 

  • Princeton University, A.B., 1967

 

Exhibitions:

Solo:

2019

  • Reflect/Spirit/Light at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

 

Group Shows, Juried or Curated:

2020

  • Out of the Box, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA

  • California Open, 15th Annual National Competition, TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Juried by Kate Mothes

  • Some Speechless Thing (Part II of Annual Members Show) at Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, Selected from Part I open submissions and curated by Griff Williams 

2019

  • The Naked Print, an International Juried Show, at Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI, Juried by Stephen Fisher

  • Art + Movement at Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA, Juried by Maria Porges

2018

  • Caught in the Fray, 14th Annual Textiles Exhibition, at College Street Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curated by Josh Faught

  • CCA MFA Show at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

  • Wave-Forms at Embark Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curated by Leila Grothe

2017

  • Making Thinking at Hubble Street Gallery, San Francisco, Curated by Shaun O’Dell 

  • 5th Annual Juried Art Show at the Piedmont Center for the Art Piedmont, CA

2016

  • Krowsworkers/FARM at Krowswork Gallery, Oakland CA, Curated by Jasmine Moorhead

Print:

2020

  • Open Studio Magazine (in press)

 

Other Group Shows:

2015

  • Drawn to Line at UCBX Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Collect! (Invited) at Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA


 

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