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Born in Oakland, CA, Elyse Pignolet is an American with Filipino heritage based in Los Angeles.  Working primarily in ceramics, her work has been inspired by numerous social issues and urban themes. Her works attempt to relate the traditions of ceramics and the permanence of the medium to the fleeting and transitory nature of the contemporary world. She has completed several public art projects including three large murals at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco and the Gaffey Street Public Swimming Pool in Los Angeles’ San Pedro neighborhood.




2007                BFA, Ceramics, California State University Long Beach

2001                Resident of Barcelona, Spain – Spanish Studies

2000 – 2001    California State University Long Beach

1997 – 1999    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA



Public Projects:


2016        “Hey Rookie” Public Pool, ceramic tile mural, 400 sq. ft., 

                San Pedro, CA

                Commissioned by L.A. County Arts Commission


2009        “Avalon Lifeguard/Paramedic Headquarters”, ceramic tile mural, 200 sq. ft,

                Avalon, Catalina Island

                Commissioned by L.A. County Arts Commission             


2007        “The History of Los Angeles (Condensed)”, ceramic tile murals, 1000 sq. ft.

                Hollenbeck Station, Los Angeles Police Department, East Los Angeles, CA      

                Commissioned by  L.A. County Arts Commission


2004        “Metro Rapidway - Tarzana Station”- with Sandow Birk, Metropolitan Transit Authority, L.A., CA

                Commissioned by the LA Community Redevelopment Agency and the MTA


2002        “The Discovery of the City of Long Beach”- in collaboration with Sandow Birk, 2 ceramic tile murals, 600 sq.ft.

                City Place Shopping Center, Long Beach, CA    

                Commissioned by Long Beach Public Corp. for Arts


2003        “Flora and Fauna”, iron, cement, ceramic sculpture -  done with Thomas Barter

                Bixby Knolls Park, Long Beach, CA

                Commissioned by: Long Beach Public Corp. for the Arts


                “Discovery Wells”, ceramic installation, 250 sq. ft – done with Thomas Barter

                Discovery Park, Signal Hill, CA

                Commissioned by: City of Signal Hill Arts Program


2002        “Toy Car Pileup”, tile stucco, foam, concrete sculpture – done with Thomas Barter

                Corner of 1st St. and Broadway, downtown Long Beach, CA    

                Commissioned by:  Long Beach Transit Bus Shelter Program



Selected Exhibitions:

2016        "Fired Up Monumental Clay" - Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

                “Wood, Paper, Ink: Contemporary Woodcuts” - Sonoma State Univ., Sonoma, CA

                “Text and Image" – Catharine Clark Gallery, San Franciso, CA

2015        "Off the Charts" - 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM

                “West Coast Ink: Printmaking from Seattle to San Diego” –  Sonoma State, CA

2014        “New American Printmaking” - Union of Bulgarian Artists, 

                 Sofia University, Bulgaria

                "New American Printmaking" – Union of Bulgarian Artists, Plavno, Bulgaria

                “MAC@20 Pt. 2” – McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2013        “Baker’s Dozen V: Marginal Revolutions” – Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA


2012        "Welcome Back: New Lithographs" - Tamarind Press, Albuquerque, NM

                “New Work” – Angels Gate Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2011        “If These Walls Could Talk”, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                "The Imprint of War: Responses in Print", Univ. of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, PA

2010        “Art Shack”,  Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

                “Contemporary Puppetry”, Art School of the Old Church, Demarest, NJ

                “Highlights from the Collectors Circle”, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA


2009        “On Paper”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY

                “Natura” – Angels Gate Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2008        “Banned and Recovered”, SF Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA

                “Summer Group Exhibition”, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2007        “Sk8 Deck the Halls”, Windup Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

                “Urban Abstraction”, Koos Gallery, Long Beach, CA

                “Don’t Fence Me In”, Little Bird Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                “Representation 2007”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2006        “The Patriot Show 2: The Art of War”, Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA

                “The Divine Comedy”, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

                “The Divine Comedy”, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2005        “Inside Out”, L2Kontemporary Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

                “Good Times”, Live Worm Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2004        “New Media/Mixed Media”, Fine Arts Gallery, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

2003        “Visual and Cultural Communication”, Fine Arts Gallery, Golden West College, 

                Huntington Beach, CA

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