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Lisa Pressman


Lisa Pressman, American abstract painter, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College. Her work focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory.  

Lisa’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally including The Hunderton Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR, Susan Eley Fine Arts, NY, NY, Causey Contemporary, NY, NY, The Curator Gallery, NY, NY, Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Telluride Gallery of Art,Telluride, Colorado, Palazzo Dell’Annunziata, Matera, Italy and R&F Gallery, Kingston, NY.  

Lisa is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY and a workshop instructor for Gamblin Artists Colors. She is an annual presenter and instructor at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Lisa teaches workshops in both encaustic and oil and cold wax mediums throughout the U.S; including Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Pratt Institute, Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Art Institute of New York.

Says Lisa about her work: "In its entirety, my work embodies a visual synthesis of stored memory. Personal recollections, both vivid and vague, build and decompose over time. Each painting, with its complex layered surface, aims to elicit a visceral response: reshaping its own new history. 

Transit is the primary focus of the work. There is a direct connection between my travelling, observing the transience of images and time and the passing of my 99 year old mom. The last week of her life she repeatedly mentioned a train, a bus and a riverboat.  Since then, these abstracted modes of transport, frozen in time and space, appear with significant relevance in my work. This intimate imagery metaphorically represents the passage between all human vibrancy and entropy. Additionally, my own photos captured during transport are important references that visually map the collective notion of time, travel, and place. The work begins as a personal experience; it generally ends as a more open physical act, guided by the work itself.


A Delicate Balance, 30x30, encaustic on panel



Hanging In 30x30, encaustic on panel



Adrift, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Beacon, 12x12, encaustic and oil on panel



Harbor I, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Harbor II, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Looking, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Shipping, 12x12, encaustic on panel




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