San Francisco

Elaine Badgely

Atherton Gallery

If one saw Miss Badgely’s drawings apart from her paintings one might assume that they were studies for sculpture. They have a monumentality and a simplicity of contour which would lend itself to working in stone or clay. The line is less sensitive or is obscured by the painting process. The suggestion of sculptural figures is flattened into designed shapes. This is probably the point at which a gifted draftsman has become more concerned with the resolutions of abstraction. The colors tend toward rich greens and purples which are effectively decorative.

Knute Stiles