Lucile Driskell passed away on January 16, 2017 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, at the age of 92. She had a long and productive career as an artist spanning from the 1960's until her death - over 50 years. Her work included paintings, painted reliefs, prints, and sculptures. She left with several reliefs on her workbench still waiting completion.
Lucile Driskell was a native of New York and a graduate of Finch College, Manhattan, with additional courses at the La Jolla Museum of Art. The artist lived in Italy for 7 years working closely with a foundry and a stone sculpture studio in Pietrasanta. She also studied printmaking with Michael Ponce de Leon at the Art Students League in New York, where she was a life member. She was a subject of biographical record in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
An artist who made distinctive and original works in a number of mediums, Lucile Driskell has been professionally creating art since 1968, primarily as a sculptor. Driskell has crafted pieces with curves and spirals, anticipating the ways in which day and artificial light will create different shades and tints through as well as around the sculpture. Indeed, Driskell was exceptional in the manner she used empty space and implied lines more effectively than most artists. Therefore, the art invites the viewer's gaze into the interior, along the flowing lines and enticing forms. Furthermore, Driskell created pieces with moveable arms and joints, art that offers different possibilities on how to view them. The geometric and abstract forms expand into essentially different sculptures. There is sculpture that presents a sense of movement in a stationary position, as Driskell's does, but few sculptors actually achieve that quality of motion. Driskell's work truly replicates an energy and momentum of dynamic movement.
Lucile Driskell has written that her abstract sculpture is always "created with the Beauty of Shape in mind." This can be clearly seen in her most recent group of artworks, the Astral Series. Each of the Astral sculptures is composed in a special and remarkable beauty of shape. These sculptures deliver the best of Driskell's classical abstractions with a vivid color finish, courtesy of Driskell's outstanding patination.
Driskell reveals another impressive side of her artistic expression in her wood reliefs. Designed with Driskell's characteristic emphasis on intriguing abstraction, lovely form and sharp line quality, these are stunning works of art in yet another sense. With a lengthy and notable resume, Driskell has exhibited widely in solo, group and juried shows, frequently in New York City and Philadelphia. Along with many private collectors, Driskel's art is in the corporate collections of Wachovia Bank, Exxon Corporation, Hoffman-LaRoche, Macy's, Subaru, in addition to the permanent collection of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. Driskell has received the honor of being selected to the National Association of Women Artists.