Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Bryson.
Lisa, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Unorthodox best encapsulates my life journey. The moment I entered this world, the artistic imprint was evident. I come from a family of artists and artisans. I have always allocated time for drawing. Being a rather shy person by nature, drawing became a vehicle for “voice,” my voice. That language of identity is now translated into varied approaches and media.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? And what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Whether drawn or painted, my work is about humanity in all its forms and functions. Through a fractured lens, I paint and draw portraits. My inspiration originated from the works of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Ann Gale, and Sophie Jodoin. I am consistently challenged to evoke and portray the psychological undertones evident in humanity. From direct observation, I document “life” happenings and translate these images into a new, contemporary visual dialogue. I feel driven to elevate “every day” banalities to a higher level of importance. Shared experiences that are often taken for granted are now the focal point. In 2018, through a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, I was able to complete a commentary body of work that examined interpersonal communication (or the lack thereof) in our technology-based, social media-driven society. In a world of connectivity, we are increasingly disconnected.
My approach to painting is fractured, layered, and often mired in human frailties. Working primarily with palette knives and masonry tools, the process is complex and the palette rich with muted tones. The image portrayed is broken and interwoven in deep layers of paint, thick, glorious paint. Working wet-into-wet, I have to put in six to eight-hour sessions. Colors as well as the person(s) portrayed are spliced, shifted, hidden and exposed. My narrative is simultaneously intimate and global. “Be in the moment–pause, experience”–that is what I want my viewing audience to take from the work.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is elusive. Working and producing relevant work is “success” for me. The characteristics of being a successful artist can only be defined within the parameters set by the individual. Every artist has different goals. I have high expectations and demand, from myself, the highest quality of work. The art world is fickle and frequently fad driven, so I try not to get caught up in the drama of popularity, but rather focus on timelessness and that in itself is a success. Ahhh, but still, keep your eyes open…LA Bryson is going to be a familiar name.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a studio at Liberty Station, Barracks 19, Studio 207, in the Arts District in Point Loma. The studio is always open first Friday’s of every month from 5:00-9:00 pm. All are welcome. I am happy to schedule private viewing sessions as well and can be emailed at Lisa@LBryson.com. My website is www.LBryson.com. My paintings exhibit locally, nationally and internationally. If you find my work intriguing and want to support, share my name, contact info and work with the world. Purchasing my work is always a great way to show support! I will be exhibiting paintings at the Little Italy Artwalk, on Cedar St. booth #346 this April 27th and 28th, come on by.
- Address: 2690 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 19, Studio 207, Art District, San Diego, CA 92106
- Website: https://lbryson.com/home.html
- Phone: 480-369-0858
- Email: Lisa@LBryson.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryson_mode/
Photos taken by Pixel 2 Editions Inc.