Virtual Walkthrough of Groping for the Elephant

13 new paintings by Fran Shalom.
September 23, 2021

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to present Groping for the Elephant, an exhibition of 13 new modern abstract paintings by artist Fran Shalom. The show will be up from September 16 to October 23, 2021.


In a time when the world is in a bit of an ambiguous state, Shalom’s lush, colorful paintings offer a point of discovery, exploration, and freedom as we try to make sense of the world. Referring to her paintings, Shalom says, “…the shapes reference the human body but are open to interpretation. Animated by bright, cartoony colors and figure/ground relationships, I think of the paintings as ambiguous characters who inhabit my studio, keeping me company and often engaging in silent, humorous conversation.”


Shalom is not beholden to a set way of making. She relishes the freedom of the uncertainty in her work and what can be discovered in the process. This discovery is also open to the viewer’s interacting with the work, finding meaning and references in abstracted space.