My hyperreal paintings combine external and invented realities through the layering
of multiple media. I paint intimate portraits and fleeting images of spontaneous events.
Before I arrive at a final image, the works go through many transformations. I don’t
work from sketches; my paintings are not planned. I employ shape, color and light to
create imagery that combines old and new ideas. I explore the multiplicities and
notions of “real” in contemporary painting. My images mix figuration and abstraction.
Highly saturated colors, broken up shapes, and dispersed light describe confident figures.
Anita Arliss (b.1948, Bronx, NY) is an artist living and working in Atlanta, GA.
She has a BA and MA in Creative Arts from Hunter College, CUNY, NY.
After graduating, she painted sets for films and commercials in New York.
Since 2000, Arliss has used her brush to paint images on canvas, originally
born of reproduction and digital manipulation.
Arliss’s paintings were featured twice in New American Paintings (2004, 2013, South).
She has exhibited in commercial and artist-run galleries, museums and art fairs in NYC,
Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and numerous venues throughout the US. Her recent
online exhibitions include artsy.net (Arcade Projects, Spring Forward, 2020) and
ecoartspace.org (Fall, 2020).
In 2009, Anita Arliss created the permanent installation, Propulsion (20 ft. diameter,
hand-cut smalti-glass tile) in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Concourse B.
Her paintings can be found in public art, corporate and private collections, and published
in Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, ArtsATL, Open Studios Press and ecoartspace.
Born 1948 in Bronx, NY. Lives in Atlanta, GA
BA and MA in Fine Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY
2020 ecoconsiousness, ecoartspace fall 2020 online show Eleanor Heartney, juror,
Santa Fe, NM
Spring Forward, Arcade Projects/ ARTSY, NY, NY
2019 Retrospectare, B Complex Gallery, Atlanta GA
Bearing Witness, Sycamore Place Gallery, Decatur, GA
SnowGlobe, EBD4 Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2018 Civil Discourse, Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA
American Splendour, ilon Art Gallery, Harlem, NY, NY
40 over 40, EBD4 Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2017 Facie, Gallery Protégé, Chelsea, NY, NY
What the World Needs Now, the B Complex Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2016 Detroit Biennale 2016, Museum of New Art, MI.
Tell Me a Story, ACP Festival, B Complex Gallery, Atlanta, GA,
Art Votes, curated by Amy Lipton, Gallery Bergen, Bergen Community College, NJ
We: AMEricans, Station Independent Projects Gallery, NY, NY
2015 Electron Salon, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Rights of Summer, Ripe Art Gallery, jurors Sean Corcoran, Ruben
Natal-San Miguel, NY
Making the Temporary Permanent: Jerry Saltz, Gwyneth Leech, Anita Arliss, RAM Sealand
60 Americans, Elga Wimmer Gallery, curated by Noah Becker, NY, NY
The Selfie Show, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI
SCOPE Art Fair, Untitled Projects, NY, NY
2014 What is a Portrait, Ripe Art Gallery, LI, NY
Eraserhood Forever 2014, PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
Electron Salon, LACDA Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Transmissions, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
Eye on the Storm, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Eye on the Storm, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Ft. Meyers, FL
Gallery Artists Show, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 Brute Fidelity, Solo exhibition, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011 The Painted Photograph, FCPAP/ACP, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta,
2010 Nature Calls, Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ
2009 Forward Arts Foundation Awards Exhibit, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
All Small Redux, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
2008 Feeds + Links, Solo exhibition, Garage Projects, Atlanta, GA
Renew Reuse Review, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007 Viva La Frida!, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2003-20 Art Papers Auction, Atlanta, GA
2013 New American Paintings #106. Miranda Lash juror, NOMA, New Orleans, LA
2004 New American Paintings #52. Carrie Przybilla juror, High Museum, Atlanta, GA
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS /PUBLICATIONS
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Permanent installation, 2009. Atlanta, GA
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Buckhead, Permanent collection, "Formiae 2" 2012, Atlanta, GA
Georgia World Congress Center, Permanent collection. “Filli” 2006 Atlanta, GA
ARTSY, “Spring Forward”, Arcade Projects, June 2020
ArtsATL, “Preview of Art Papers Auction”, Feb.2016
Hyperallergic, "A View from the Easel" by Philip Hartigan 2015
New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Issue Number #106, 2013
New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Issue Number #52, 2004