About the Artist
Eleanor Day grew up in Philadelphia with a fairly traditional Irish catholic background in a large family,
where her English teacher father and homemaker mother encouraged creativity and the arts.
Eleanor followed her artistic interest from the city's creative and performing arts high school,
to four years of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Much of her artistic education came as a result of her hunger for viewing the work of her favorite
painters, such as Munch, Klimt, and the Pre Raphaelites, in subsequent travel to Europe, where she
also came to experience the breathtaking beauty of cathedrals and all of their treasures. Her love of
stained glass and the the mystical aspects of religious painting and iconography has continued to
influence her work over the years.
Eleanor's work directly reflects the course of her life as she lived and exhibited her work in
New York, San Francisco, Ireland and back to her hometown of Philadelphia, often using her two
daughters as subjects as they pass through their various stages of growth. Her figures are usually
solitary, experiencing a passing moment that she captures initially through photographs, and explores
intimately in her studio. Her subject matter is highly self-reflective, and she aspires to express the
beauty in each scene's particular sense of light and contrast, focusing her personal style on strong
contrast and saturated color.
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