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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.


The Upside Down Moment, 12x12, encaustic on panel



The Gift, 12x12, encaustic on panel



The Light That Settles, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Unmeasurable, 12x12, encaustic on panel



When Trees Talk, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Heading Center, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Hidden Secrets, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Stop, 12x12, encaustic on panel



Off to There, 18x18, encaustic on panel



Seeking Solace, 18x18, encaustic on panel



Ancient Memories, 18x18, encaustic on panel



The Red Space, 30x30, encaustic on panel



The White Place 30x30, encaustic on panel



Harbor II, 12x12, encaustic on panel



adrift, 12x12, encaustic on panel




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