About lisa

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My art practice explores the themes of urban spaces and places, and the impact of globalisation and gentrification on city inhabitants. In recent years there has been a fundamental shift in my work, towards a more critical attitude to urban space in relation to globalisation, gentrification and acts of protest. I am strongly influenced by the environment around me, and this ‘shift’ is, without a doubt, due to recent artist residencies I have undertaken in major cities around the world.

I hold an MFA (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, New Zealand, and presented my thesis paper ‘Negotiating the Non-Place’ at the Affective Landscapes Conference at the University of Derby, England in 2012. Since 2012 I have held 10 solo exhibitions, and have been selected for numerous group shows including ‘Cruel City’ at The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand and the ‘International Art Survey’ Beijing, China. I have been a finalist in a number of major New Zealand art awards including the National Contemporary Art Award (2015), the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2018, 2015) and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (2015, 2014 and 2012). In 2007, I won the Landscape Award at the Nelson Regional Art Awards.

In 2016, following a four-month residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany, I developed a body of work, titled ‘Between Yesterday & Tomorrow’ that explored issues of gentrification in Leipzig. Inspired by the strong painting scene and art community in Leipzig, I have set up a base in the city and have a permanent studio at the well known Spinnerei art hub.

In 2014, I spent two months in Beijing on the Red Gate Residency. ‘China Dream’ (2016), a solo exhibition at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in Marlborough, critiqued the expansion of Beijing and offered sympathy for the aspiring individual and local culture.

In 2013 I participated in an artist residency in Singapore supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and the following year was invited back for an international collaboration project. I regularly exhibit in Singapore and belong to the international artist collective ‘Instinctive’. My evocative 12-piece entry in the collective’s exhibition ‘in(visible) 1.0’ (2017) examined the plight of migrant workers in this global city.

In my paintings, I am constantly searching for a balance between abstraction and figuration. Urban structures and people intertwine through a process of layering, obliterating and tracing. Images are painted in, painted out and painted over. The history in the layers of paint traces the transformation of urban space. This intense, time-consuming layering process, is sometimes offset by faster paintings, that offer a contrasting raw and unfinished aesthetic. Alongside my large-scale paintings, I also create works on paper, often including collage and printmaking techniques.

My first major solo exhibition in a public art gallery in New Zealand is opening on the 16th February 2019 at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, in Nelson, New Zealand. Exciting times!

I live and work in both Golden Bay, New Zealand and Leipzig, Germany.

 

residencies & conferences

2016 Leipzig International Art Programme, Germany - four month artist residency
2014 INSTINC Gallery, Singapore - collaboration project - supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation
2014 Red Gate, Beijing, China - two month artist residency
2013 INSTINC Gallery, Singapore - two month artist residency - supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation
2012 ‘Affective Landscapes’ Conference, University of Derby, England - presented a paper on non-places

solo exhibitions

2019 The Dividing Line, Craig Potton Gallery, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson
2018 Die Trennlinien, Archiv Massiv Gallery, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2018 Traces of the Past, Parker Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2017 Kunst Konzil 29, Leipzig, Germany
2017 Passage, RED Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 Between Yesterday & Tomorrow, Mckee Gallery, Nelson Suter Art Society, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 China Dream – from hutong to high-rise, Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim, New Zealand
2015 China Dream – from hutong to high-rise, SALT Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2014 Slice – Multi-layered Urban Spaces, Icon White Gallery, Upper Moutere, New Zealand
2013 Slice – the Multi-layered Spaces of Singapore, LightSpace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2013 Slice, INSTINC Gallery, Singapore
2012 In Transit, Red Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 Negotiating the Non-Place, Black Asterisk, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 Negotiating the Non-Place, Reflections Art Gallery, World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Solo 28, Academy Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
2009 Faces & Focus, Reflections Art Gallery, World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson
2008 Beyond Karamea, McKee Gallery, Nelson Suter Art Society, Nelson
2007 Tides & Treasures, Reflections Art Gallery, World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson, New Zealand
2007 Cobb Explored, Waimea Estates Café, Richmond, New Zealand
2005 Kahurangi, Waimea Estates Café, Richmond, New Zealand

group exhibitions

2018 Finalist, New Zealand and Printmaking Award, Waikato, New Zealand
2017 in(visible), ION Gallery, Singapore
2016 Patterns Beyond the Obvious, Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2015 Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, New Zealand
2015 Finalist, New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award, New Zealand
2015 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, New Zealand
2014 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, New Zealand
2014 INSTINC 10, Studio 67, Singapore
2014 International Art Exhibition, Songzhuang Museum, Beijing, China
2014 Autumn, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2013 Cruel City, The Suter Art Gallery, Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2013 Finalist, Arts Gold Awards, Otago, New Zealand
2013 re:New:all, Pearce Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2013 Us Now, Academy Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
2012 Summer, Reflections Art Gallery, World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 An Artist’s Guide to Summer, Academy Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
2012 Spring, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 Kings College Art Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 Auckland Grammer Art Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 Autumn, Nelson Suter Art Society, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 Art on Life, Academy Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand
2012 Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize, Wellington, New Zealand
2012 Finalist, Peters Doig Marlborough Art Award, New Zealand
2012 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, New Zealand
2012 Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, Pearce Gallery, Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland, New Zealand
2011 Transitions, Refinery Artspace, Nelson, New Zealand
2011 Sixth Sense, McKee Gallery, Nelson Suter Art Society, Nelson, New Zealand
2010 Spring, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2010 By Invitation, Gallery 203, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Aqua Marine, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Mainly Small, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
2009 Spring, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Reflections, part of Six in the City, McKee Gallery, Nelson Suter Art Society, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Regional Art Awards Nelson, Refinery Artspace, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Coastal Artists, Refinery Artspace, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Finalist, Peters Doig Marlborough Art Award, New Zealand
2009 Autumn, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2009 Distorted Reality, Womens Show, Refinery Artspace, Nelson, New Zealand
2008 Summer, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2008 Stage 3 Graduation Exhibition, The Learning Connexion, Wellington
2008 Spring, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson
2008 Festival 2008, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
2008 Nelson Art Open Studios, Ruby Bay, New Zealand
2008 Festival Arts Market, Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, New Zealand
2008 Regional Art Awards Nelson, Refinery Artspace, Nelson, New Zealand
2008 50/50, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2008 Autumn, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2008 Festival 2008, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
2008 Taste Tasman Festival, Tasman School, New Zealand
2007 Winner, Landscape/Seascape Painting Award, Nelson Regional Art Awards, New Zealand
2006 Spring, Nelson Suter Art Society, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2006 New Zealand Affordable Art Show, Wellington, New Zealand
1992 Conservation NZ, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
1992 Artseen, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
1990 Contemporary Painting, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
1987 BNZ Art Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand
1986 Winner 18 years of age and under, National Bank Art Award, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, New Zealand

artist talks

2019 The Dividing Line exhibition, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 Between Yesterday & Tomorrow, exhibition Mckee Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2015 China Week, Nelson, New Zealand
2015 Pecha Kucha, Tasman, New Zealand
2013 Slice exhibition, LightSpace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2013 Non-Places, Art Week Auckland, Bo Concepts, Auckland, New Zealand
2013 Artist Residency in Singapore, The Playhouse Theatre and Café, Tasman, New Zealand
2013 Cruel City exhibition, The Suter Public Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
2013 Slice exhibition, INSTINC Gallery, Singapore
2013 Pecha Kucha, Singapore
2012 In Transit exhibition, Red Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 Guest speaker, Winter programme, Nelson Suter Art Society, Nelson, New Zealand
2011 Negotiating the Non-Place, Master of Fine Arts oral presentation, Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland, New Zealand
2011 Pecha Kucha, Nelson, New Zealand
2011 Guest speaker, Mapua Art Group, Winter exhibition, Mapua, New Zealand

RADIO interviews

2019 Standing Room Only, Radio New Zealand National, New Zealand
2018 Fresh FM Nelson, New Zealand
2016 Fresh FM Nelson, New Zealand
2015 Fresh FM Nelson, New Zealand
2012 93bFM, Auckland, New Zealand
2012 BBC Derby, England
2012 Arts on Sunday, Radio New Zealand National, New Zealand
2012 Fresh FM Nelson, New Zealand

reviews

The Dividing Line
Sarah McClintock, Curator, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
February 2019

The Dividing Line
Dr. Sara Tröster Klemm, Curator, Leipzig, Germany
January 2019

The Dividing Line
Daniel Thalheim, Art Historian, The Journal for Culture & Arts, Germany
December 2018

Between Yesterday & Tomorrow
Dr. Sara Tröster Klemm, Curator, Leipzig, Germany
October 2016

China Dream – from Hutong to High-Rise
Anna-Marie White, Curator, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, New Zealand
September 2015