Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Elizabeth Sowell-Zak was influenced early on by the illustrative style of her paternal grandfather who worked with Walt Disney. Elizabeth acquired an appreciation for social and political commentary from the comedic perspective of cartoons and comics of the Sunday newspaper. Through her studies at Montclair State University, Sowell-Zak earned a BA in Studio Art in 2003 and was invited back to study with mentors, figurative painters, Julie Heffernan, Peter Barnet, and Joshua M. Jordan, and digital photographer Andrew Atkinson, earning her MFA in 2007. The medium of painting, sculpture, photography, and installation are the primary expressions of her work through which she often expresses a feminist perspective juxtaposed against a comedic appreciation for the cultural and social human thread between people. She currently resides in Monmouth County, New Jersey, working there and in her New York studio.
Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, Winds of Change, 2010, Tetra Tych, Oil on canvas, 72"h x 108'H
Elizabeth Sowell-Zak,Temporal Expressions, 2010, Oil on canvas, 54"H x 36"W
Elizabeth Sowell-Zak, Power at Work #1 - #4, 2010, Oil on canvas, 5"h x 23"w