Biff Elrod, American (1946 - )
Biff Elrod was born in Fort Worth, Texas the
21st of April 1946. He grew up in Texas moving from Fort Worth
to Arlington, Galveston and Harlingen.
From 1964 to 1968 he attended the Memphis Academy
of Arts in Memphis, Tennessee and received a B.F.A. (Bachelor
of Fine Arts) in painting in 1968.
He spent the two following years (1969-70)
in Hawaii where he received a M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) in
painting from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He had his
first one-man show at the Foundry Gallery in Honolulu (1969).
Then he returned to Memphis to teach at the
Southwestern College (1970-72). During those two years, he had
two one-man shows in Memphis, some group shows in the area,
a one-man show at the Pacific Grove Art Center in Monterey,
California. In 1972, his work was shown in New York City at
the French & Co Gallery.
In 1972, he decided to quit teaching to dedicate
himself to painting and moved to Athens, Georgia. Between 1972-73,
he had two one-man shows at the Scott Gallery in Atlanta and
group shows at the High Museum of Art which purchased some paintings
for the permanent collection of the Museum.
Then he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, had
a group show at the Boston Center for the Arts and a one-man
show at the Vault Gallery in 1974.
In 1974, he and his wife Daisy moved to New
In 1977, he began working on large sheets of
personally made cast paper. Those new works were shown in 1978
at the Soho Center for the Arts.
"My work is concerned with images from personal
experience, remembered through black and white photographs,
and executed on cast paper.
The paper itself is cast in specially constructed
molds and then rhoplexed and gessoed to provide permanence.
When the surface is ready, the photo image is transferred by
means of a grid, and the painting is then built up in layers
of brushed on primary color, from thin wash, to glaze, to opaque.
All color used are drawn from memory or inherent requirements
within the piece.
In general, my aim is to make a personal statement
that can be encountered on a means and materials level as well
as being read for representational content."
BIFF ELROD RESUME
1968 Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee BFA
1970 University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, Honolulu, HI MFA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1988 Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, installation
1987 Schreiber/Cutler, Inc. New York, New York
1985 Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, New York
1982 Gallery Yves Arman, New York, New York
1980 Gallery Yves Arman, New York, New York
1979 Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2003 "Saints and Gods" Galerie 311, New Orleans, LA
2000 "Self-Reflections-a glance in the Mirror" group
show of paintings
in the Pfizer Corporation's exhibition space, east 42nd Street,
curator: Dorothy Solomon
1998 “Invitational” Memphis Arts Festival-Brooks
1997 “Permanent Collection” Anderson Museum of Contemporary
Roswell, New Mexico “Teamwork” Krasdale Foods Corp.
1990 “Creative Process” traveling exhibition-N.Y.
area, Bronx Museum,
Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center Public Galleries
1989-88 “Art & the Law” sponsored by West Publishing
traveling exhibition (catalog)
1984-85 “Innocence and Experience” Greenville County
Greenville, South Carolina, (catalog). Also traveled to First
1984 “The New Portrait” Institute for Art And Urban
Long Island City, N.Y., (curated by: Jeffrey Deitch, catalog)
1982 “Stylistic Plurality” Root Art Center, Hamilton
1980 “On Paper” Institute of Contemporary Art of
the Virginia Museum,
Richmond, Virginia (catalog) “New York Realists- 1980”
Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, N.Y. (catalog)
1979 “Works on Paper” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, N.Y.,N.Y.
1999 1986 mural titled “Ascent-Descent” restored,
with all lower panels
replaced , painted in oil on cement board, and reinstalled.
permanent mural), collection of PATH, The Port Authority of
New York &
New Jersey, located: entrance to the Christopher Street PATH
Christopher Street, west of Hudson, N.Y.C. Originally sponsored
Public Art Fund.
1991 “Co-operative Labor A & B” two panels (8.5
feet X 12 feet - 11.5
feet X 6.5 feet) commission, PATH, Port Authority of N.Y. &
Houston’s School” 72 inches Sq., oil on canvas,
Collection, First Tennessee Collection, First Tennessee Bank
Memphis, Memphis, TN
1989 “Miami Mix” commission, (8 feet X 12 feet)
collection of City of
Miami- located: Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, Florida
Paintings appearing in feature film and television productions:
Dressed to Kill, written and directed by Brian De Palma ( starring
Michael Caine, Angie Dickenson and Nancy Allen)
White Lies, written and directed by Ken Seldon (starring Julie
Miami Vice, television series, one episode (starring Don Johnson)
McCall, Doug, The Times-Picayunne (Lagniappe) September 26,
Myles, Eileen, Art in America, review, Vol. 76, no. 3., March,
“Fourteen Reasons Why New York is New”, The New
York Times, Oct. 3,
1986. , repro.
The New York Times, September 3, 1986 , reproduction.
Westfall, Stephen, Arts Magazine, Vol. 60. no. 3., November
Niers, Gert, Aufbau , Germany June, 1985, reproduction.
Klein, Ellen Lee, Arts Magazine, review: “Rambunctious”
Hollfelder, Jack, Art Papers, Interview, Vol. 6., no. 2., March-April
1982 , pp.4-6.
Westfall, Stephen, Arts Magazine, Vol. 56., no.10., June 1982,
Schjeldahl, Peter, The New York Times, (Westchester Section)
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico
The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN commission
The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Coconut Grove Exhibition Hall, Miami, Florida commission
Tennessee State Foundation for the Arts, Nashville, TN
Oppenheimer and Company, New York, New York
A.T. & T.
Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, P.A., Miami, FL commission
Merck Inc., Rahway, New Jersey commission
Tennessee Heritage Collection, First Tennessee Bank, Memphis,
Chemical Bank, New York, New York commission
Metro Media Corporation, Los Angeles, California
PATH, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey commission
Prudential Insurance Company of North America, Chicago, Illinois
Brown University, Paul B. Pizzatola Building, Providence, R.I.
Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
Rhodes College of Art, Memphis, TN