Review: Paintings by Ellie Siskind 

Four stars

Gift Shop Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center. Ellie Siskind is retiring from the IAC this year. This sampling of work could be considered a celebration of sorts — and a reminder of her vital presence in the Indy art community. In her acrylic painting "Generations" you see three generations of women merged with a tree as if they are themselves carved out of wood. The grandmother is down near the roots and the mother, merged with the trunk, is holding the hand of her daughter whose arm extends up into new branches. This painting, one of seven now on display at the IAC entrance, is as clear and distinct in its ideas as it is technically stunning.

In "Sunset Water," Siskind's deeply entrenched understanding of color theory is on abundant display. Here you see complementary colors cyan blue and orange/red in the water as you would see them in nature while the red and black horizon that embraces this water gives the scene an ethereal, magical quality that transcends all theory and instruction.

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