Lisa Mee Artwww.ArtPal.com/lisameeart
Lisa Mee grew up in Harrington Park, a small suburban New Jersey town north of New York City. Her Korean-born mother, an architect by trade, and her Irish-American father, a former ballet student and actor turned chiropractor were both passionate about art and collecting. They cultivated her art appreciation by frequently taking her to museums, art fairs and galleries from the time she was a small child. These early outings fostered in her a profound wonder of the mysterious creation of art, spanning the centuries from various cultures world-wide.
Throughout her schooling, she devoted time to her own artistic creations. She learned the basics of drawing, painting and printmaking from her early education into college. At Fordham University, she decided to pursue a degree in political science. Shortly after entering the university, she met her husband-to-be, the artist, Wayne Ensrud, who is the only living protégée of the Nobel-Prize winning Austrian artist, Oskar Kokoschka, a student of Gustav Klimt. She worked and continues to work with him as his Studio Director, a position she has held for the past 20 years. Ensrud’s more than two decade tutelage under the great Kokoschka instilled in him the artist’s responsibility to express the experience of compassion and joy in art which is the artist’s true function and a real service to humanity. This challenge of creating vital heartfelt artwork touching the viewer’s spirit with honest emotion is the motivating source of her creative spirit.
Upon discovering her student artworks, Ensrud encouraged Lisa Mee to seriously dedicate herself to her own artwork. His work projects often took them abroad to Europe where he taught her ‘plein-air’ drawing and painting techniques and she credits him with re-awakening her appreciation and passion for art. Additionally, he introduced her to another medium: collage. Her palette became enlarged by fabric, paper and photo elements as well as paint, opening up new creative possibilities.
Her latest collage paintings integrate papers, fabrics and metals by careful sorting, cutting and assembling. With these materials, they are recycled into works of art. Her purpose is to combine mundane scraps to create a harmonic, intense coherence of all the parts. Inspired by florals, plant-based life and various formations found in the natural environment as well as stone and wood, she creates a cohesion of these natural forms to capture the elusive qualities of nature by using recycled materials in an aesthetic manner.
Transform Gallery, New York City, - November-December 2014.
Eco-art China, Shanghai , China - September 2013
Transform Gallery, New Rochelle NY, April-June 2013.
ArtinNewYorkCity.com featured artist, January 2013.
Indiewalls-Café Angelique (solo show), New York City, December 2012.
Kashan Gallery, Nyack NY, June 2012.
Designlawn Inaugural Exhibition, New York City, December 2011.
Artabound, New York City, October 2011.
High Line Open Studios, New York City, October 2011.
Great Neck Arts Center, New York, March 2010.
Art Gotham ‘Square Foot Show’, New York City, November 2007.
Ovation TV ‘Art or Not’ (juried selection), New York City, September 2007.
JH Brown Fine Art, Vermont, June 2006.