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Élan Chardin Gombart received her BFA in visual design from the University of Oregon in 1995 via a circuitous route that included studies at The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and The University of New Mexico. Élan is a partner at Hanson Howard Gallery.

As a painter, the intuitive process and the visceral nature of visual language remain at the core of her creative process. Her most current paintings present dense layers of colors, textures and gestural marks with graffiti-like silhouettes of people and animals. They play with the age old past time of leaving our marks on walls. The series, Let’s Build More Ruins muses over the transient nature of all we have built and all we continue to build as humans; how we live alongside the remnants of previous societies and how beautiful and curious we find these ruins. The title is a tongue-in-cheek comment on the fact that we are engaging in the same history we are fascinated with.