Alford said that she particularly enjoyed art that involved the viewer in a long-lasting relationship. Art that continually reveals new visual impression
Pixilated Portraits and Elisabeth Alford
Her story and contributions to:• Wichita Falls• Op Art and the 60s• Munsell System• Pixilated Portraits Inspire
Lived and worked in Wichita Falls her entire life Her brother Leslie Turner was a national syndicated cartoonist Traveled often and as far away as Egypt Taught at Ben Franklin Elementary and Hirschi High Later she taught weaving and painting at Midwestern State Her painting style was influenced by the Op Art movement Her paintings and weavings were exhibited and collected inDallas, Austin and Washington D.C. as well as locally and in west Texas Her 3 Dimensional Form of 558 precise colors is on permanent displayat the Optical Society of America in Washington D.C.
VICTOR VASARELY---OPTICAL EFFECTS OF LINE AND COLOR
SIMPLE LINE CHANGESCAN CREATE ILLUSIONSALFORD’S FOCUS WASCOLORElisabeth Alford ( private collection) Elisabeth Alford
Stare here for 30 seconds Then stare here for after image
SWorking with Hue, Value andChroma in a 3-D model inorder to Standardize ColorsScience and Industry have adoptedthe Munsell system to identify color inan exacting and standardized way.
Alford became interested ina pixilated, low resolutionimages in 1965 when she sawan artist’s early computerprogram which broke aphotograph portrait downinto a grid of 24X24 squaresof flat color, that remainsrecognizable. “I decided that if he could doit with photography I coulddo it in paintings. . .
“. . . I photographed flowers atnurseries, bought fruit andvegetables and brought themhome and photographed themalso. I enlarged the photos and brokethe surfaces up into geometricshapes— sometimessquares, circles, or othergeometric shapes. Then I would analyze eachshape as to what flat color itshould be painted in order toachieve my goal. I used theMunsell Color System to matchthe colors. The next job was tomix up all those little jars ofpaint.. . .Elisabeth Alford, collection of the Kemp Art Center
“I had a six shelf high bookcasefull of bottles of mixed colorswith the lightest value colors atthe top, value 9, and down tothe darkest value colors at thebottom.” “It was time-consuming, but alabor of love as I began to seethe images emerging. Theresulting paintings were worththe effort to me personally andwere quite successful with thepublic, thankfully.” “I wanted viewers to becomeinvolved in the seeing processand hoped that they wouldcontinue to notice differentaspects of the painting as timepassed.”Elisabeth Alford (Detail)
When she could nolonger paint, shemade smallerweavings, macrameand small jewelry- likepieces. She died when shewas 89 years old.