LISA KOWALSKI


STATEMENT

Everything in life inspires me, not quite with direct interpretation, but as I see and experience faces, words, gestures, colors and shapes - all of it - I am always looking and reacting to the energy around me. It can become a self centered reflection of whatever is around that interests me rather than great issues that have to be answered objectively. All of this gets channeled and flows from brain to arm, hitting white board with that first wonderful stroke of vibrant color, and continues with adding and subtracting, stripping down to the most essential. I am in love with the eloquence of sparseness and everything to do with the act of painting: the smell, the lushness of oil paint, color. 

There is unmitigated spontaneity driven by emotive forces, reacting intuitively, chance and choice. The works are not meant to be narrative, but visual explorations. These explorations evoke sensation in the viewer that are not bounded by the literal, but can be broadly identified as physical, spiritual or psychological. The titles are personal associations. I try to work with a straightforward painter's vocabulary without pretension. I'm not interested in postmodern irony or intellectualizing about painting. 

My methods of line and stroke are deliberate, intuitively unidentified. I don't labor over works. If they start to trouble me, they need to be set aside, while I move on to the next piece. This keeps several pieces in process and the momentum keeps ideas clear. Logic and intuition are always shifting and struggling between what will be viewed and holding onto my pure intention.


PROFILE

Lisa Kowalski is not afraid to paint. With bold, fluid brush strokes and a minimal style, her paintings have a childlike freedom and a sophisticated spontaneity. Her dynamic oil paintings are infused with creative energy, an intuitive sense of color, and an innate understanding of composition. Reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1940s and beyond, Kowalski unleashes the creativity of her unconscious mind through the impulsive quality of her approach, therefore making the process just as important as the painting itself. She paints what she feels, capturing the essence of herself and all she has absorbed in the world, displaying it on the canvas or board in the form of uncalculated marks, rich textures, and games of positive and negative space.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lisa Kowalski's studio is located in Aptos, California.

"There is an unmitigated spontaneity driven by emotive forces, reacting intuitively, relying on chance and making arbitrary choices. The works are not meant to be narrative. I am in love with everything about the act of painting; the smell, the lushness of oil paint, color." -L Kowalski


BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

1988
Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Visiting Artist Workshop, Painting with Raphael Ferrar

1987
Oxbow Summer Workshop, Independent Study, Saugatuck, Michigan

TRAVEL STUDIES

1988
Barcelona and Cadaques, Spain

1987
Paris, France

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2017
“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Everyone in the Pool”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids,

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “Lookie Here”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “Modern Twist”, Douglas, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, "Unusual Suspects”, Douglas, Michigan

2013   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Wide View”, Douglas, Michigan

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala”, Grand Rapids, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group”, Douglas, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “Color Context”, Douglas, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “Power of Pattern”, Douglas, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, Douglas, Michigan
LaFontsee Galleries, “Act II”, Douglas, Michigan
 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Four Season Resort, Nevis, West Indies
Capella, Bangkok, Thailand
Solaire Resort & Casino, Manila, Philippines
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg, Russia
Fox Rothschild, LLP, Denver, Colorado                                                          
Four Seasons, Denver, Colorado                                                                    
ABC Studios, set of ‘Private Practice’                                                              
Guy Savoy Restaurant, Singapore                                                                    
Sands Cotai Hotel, Macau China
The Venetian Macao Resort, Macau China
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle WA.
Anglo Irish Bank, Boston MA
Sue Miller and Jeff Tweedy, Chicago IL
Murray and Murray Law Offices, Sandusky, OH
Steelcase, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Haworth Corporation, Holland, MI
URS Architectural, Grand Rapids, MI
Greenfield Partners, Chicago IL
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, Salt Lake City, Utah
Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
Hard Rock Hotel, Hollywood, Florida
The Plaza, New York, New York
Club Quarters Bryant Park, New York, New York
Hotel Hugo, New York, New York
Four Seasons, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kirkland & Ellis, San Francisco