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Lisa Grossman in Solo Exhibit at Marty Walker Gallery

Morning, Kansas River Bend by Lisa Grossman, 2009

Morning, Kansas River Bend by Lisa Grossman, 2009

Lisa Grossman: Solo Exhibit
Marty Walker Gallery
March 23 – April 17, 2010

Marty Walker Gallery presents Lisa Grossman, in a solo exhibition where deftly executed landscape oil painting flirts wildly with abstraction. The Lisa Grossman exhibit opens March 23 and runs through April 17, 2010.

Lisa Grossman’s oil paintings of the wide open rural eastern Kansas, painted en plein air (or on location), are a mediation on open spaces, exploring the emotional responses to atmospheric shifts in light, color, and the vast distance of land and sky. Grossman’s paintings are devoid of objects typically depicted in landscape painting, such as trees, dwellings, and other human-made contraptions such as cars and electrical lines. She instead wipes them out with her confident brushstrokes offering uninterrupted, contemplative fields of color open to self-reflection. Subtle variations of color and contour suggest the pervasive presence of light and air while Grossman quietly punctuates the space with dramatic shapes of transient clouds, winding waterways, glowing sun bursts or glassy reflections.

Grossman’s color palette is reminiscent of early Impressionist paintings, but brushstrokes are languid and deliberate with a modern maturity and sensibility that expose a delicacy of sublime. Lisa’s work is described by Alice Thorson, art critic for the Kansas City Star, saying, “Grossman is not just another Sunday painter seeking to gratify with scenic views… a subdued paint handling and palette yield Rothkoesque quietude.”

Grossman has participated in various juried exhibitions including The Arts for the Parks Top 100, National Park Academy of the Arts national touring exhibit, the Spencer Museum of Art, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also received a fellowship with the Kansas Arts Commission, was Artist in Residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO, included in the collection at Hallmark Corporation, and commissioned by H&R Block Center and Leopold Gallery in Lawrence, KS.

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