Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Chicago, IL 08/09
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston,IL 08/09 Group Show "Florence Singer: 60 Years of Inspiration" Co-curated by Lisa Grothman Ryan & Karen Valiquette Basely
The Bottle Shop, Wilmette, IL 04/08, Solo Show
The Noodle Café, Wilmette, IL 7/08, Solo Show
Pick-A-Cup Café, Evanston, IL 10/08, Group Show
The Learning & Product Expo: Art in Chicago (Group Show), 7/09
Artist Lisa Grothman Ryan began as an illustrator and evolved into a fine artist. She graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Major in Illustration. Soon after, she moved to New York City and began a career as a freelance illustrator. Her illustrations appeared in business, trade, medical and sports publications (Fortune, Folio, US Banker, Forbes, Quality Progress, Tennis Magazine and many others). During that time, she started to focus more attention on creating fine art (with an emphasis on pastels) and completed a number of commissioned pieces.
In 1998, she moved back to the Midwest and settled in north of Chicago. After she arrived, she focused primarily on fine art and created her first website and sold prints and cards reproduced from her original pastel paintings while continuing to sell privately commissioned work. After having two children, she became concerned about the dust and spray fix associated with pastels. She switched her primary medium to water soluble oils. She discovered that water soluble oils have the same depth of color and work like conventional oil paints without the need to use hazardous solvents to thin and clean.
The theme of Lisa’s artwork typically revolves around the personification of still life objects. She takes all of her own reference photos. She incorporates humor and hints of relationships in her paintings of inanimate objects. For example, the painting titled “In Confidence” shows three pears that appear to be in an intimate conversation.
She is currently working on her series of robots.
Lisa was interviewed for Art Calendar's "Art Scuttlebutt Online Artist of the Month" click below to read article
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Lisa's original Oil Paintings are available in archival fine prints. CLICK HERE to go to the pricing page.
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