Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Lippert.
Mary, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Chicago, IL, and grew up in the southwest suburbs. My mom was my first big influence and had my sisters and me drawing at a young age. I practiced art throughout childhood in drawing, painting, craft, and ceramic classes my mom signed me up for, as well as on my own. In high school, art was still a hobby in my mind; it wasn’t until senior year of high school that I committed to the idea of pursuing art as a career.
I continued art into college and graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA, class of 2019. In the four years I spent there, I gained knowledge in traditional skills of drawing and painting. Currently, I reside in Southern California as a studio art teacher. I plan on experimenting with what I’ve learned in school and my interests in compositions such as design, abstraction, balance, to make powerful, figurative paintings.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a figurative, representational artist. I paint the figure because people are important to me. The relationships I have with people and myself are interesting, especially how much they differ compared to others. I enjoy working on a bigger scale because I feel like it makes viewers pay more attention to small moments. It also pushes me as a painter to decide what to simplify and what to render. I work with oil paint because of how versatile it can be and show a personality in paintings; for example, layering color and building texture speaks to the viewers more than paint applied flatly. I am beginning to have more fun with drawing by pushing mark making, compositions, and values. I finished a series of people in the shower recently, and my next idea is to paint a beekeeper.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the role of the artist is hard to justify in today’s world. I do believe we are the voices of society, but it is hard for us to contribute any actual progress or differences. We must do what we can with the platform we have chosen to showcase the good and bad in the world.
I do not like overly political art and am trying to work in issues subtly into my art. Issues of equality and representation are currently the most important in my work.
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 am having a show, “In The Shower,” at the Martinez Gallery in Santa Ana, CA, on July 6th 6-9:30 during Santa Ana Walk.
I will also be at Five07 Creative Festival in Calabasas, CA, on August 24, 1-9pm.
Your support means everything!
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