“really looking”

Whoa … well, clearly I had no choice but to kick things off with that insanely beautiful closeup. Today I’m talking to Cornwall based artist Lisa Wright. I had so many questions for her – did she study art history, why the masks, how big are these beauties, does she like Marmite? She does. Listen right up there under that beautiful blue “lace”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, some of Lisa’s paintings that I wrote about a few years ago:

Oh, I love all of them… but that girl smoking might be my favorite. So, from there her subjects started to wear masks:

Masks, inspired by the button masks of Venice. The wearer holds a button in their mouth to keep the mask on, which of course, prevents them from being able to speak. Hm. This could go in oh so many directions… and I can’t wait to see where Lisa decides to take it!

So, Venetian masks go hand-in-hand with lace-like patterns… here they are veiling her art history-esque subjects:

Seriously… so unbelievably beautiful. And yes, I included that closeup again because that blue paint is absolutely mesmerizing.

Next up, some of the pieces that Lisa exhibited at CONTEXT New York. This is also a great way to show scale… from little and lovely to big and beautiful:

Yes! And speaking of exhibiting at cool shows, here is Lisa’s work in the Coates & Scarry booth at PULSE Miami:

Isn’t that installation great!? I love that Lisa painted her lacy patterns all over the wall! And finally, a podcast post wouldn’t be complete without a peek into the artist’s studio:

Sigh… that light! Beautiful. Again. Thank you so much to Lisa for such an inspiring conversation; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode; and thank YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Charlotte Keates, Episode 107
  2. Falmouth University
  3. Faction Art Projects, NY {her show in Fall 2018}
  4. Coates & Scarry Gallery, London


comments (8)

  1. Julie /// 01.27.2018 /// 11:51pm

    Loved every minute of this… still imagining the Sound of music curtain dresses!!
    Thank you lovely ladies for a great convo!

  2. the jealous curator /// 01.28.2018 /// 7:09am

    haha! yes! i should have put them in at the bottom of the post ; )

  3. claire /// 01.29.2018 /// 5:51am

    Love this podcast, love Lisa, love her work. All the love.


  4. the jealous curator /// 01.29.2018 /// 7:08am

    haha!SO MUCH LOVE!!!

  5. Lucy Chen /// 01.29.2018 /// 10:02pm

    Wow! Very interesting paintings! I imagine the artist painting over the lovely rendered face with the motif, it must take some courage, at least at the beginning 🙂

  6. Sara Khan /// 02.28.2018 /// 11:12am

    Awesome as always <3
    Also, you're not just a blogger anymore, you're an author and an art historian.

  7. the jealous curator /// 02.28.2018 /// 5:41pm

    that gave me chills – thank you so much, sara xo

  8. Anna /// 07.27.2018 /// 11:06am

    Wow, These are truly amazing!
    I really enjoy the sort of mystical atmosphere the artist gives to her portrait paintings.

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