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"Kansas Plein air"
2002-07-18 until 2002-08-31
photo san francisco, Stephen Cohen Gallery
Los Angeles, CA,
USA United States of America
Lisa Grossmans paintings achieve a rare balance between abstraction and
figuration, technique and process, beauty and concept. Her paintings
are of the broad Kansas Prairie, painted outside and generally in a
single sitting. Grossman utilizes a broad palette, using the rich hues
of the evening, blues greens and oranges, and the acid colors, (almost
Bonnard like) of a hot clear day.
Although these paintings are clearly
representational, Grossman‚s brushstrokes stand out, capturing the
method and consciousness of the artist at work. She will often spend an
entire day or two in the hills observing her reactions to the
environment before she begins to paint. In one sense her paintings are
beautiful, sometimes solemn, meditations on the quickly vanishing open
prairie. And in another way, she captures her own artistic spirit by
her use of color and texture within the picture plane.
Lisa Grossman lives and works in Kansas. She was the recipient of The
Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship, The Virginia Mastio Memorial Purchase
Award at The National Small Oil Painting Exhibition at The Wichita
Center for The Arts, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Faculty