Lisa Pressman received her BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University and her MFA in Painting from Bard College. She describes her artwork as being rooted in a sense of discovery and a passion for revealing the unknown. She interested in motion, energy, and balance- both formally and metaphorically. Her paintings evoke a sense of time and memory through the process of layering and scraping her materials. Lisa has been a guest lecturer several time, and was published in both Encaustic Works 2012 and Park Place Magazine. She has been exhibited in many group and solo show.

By Linda Rosenblum

Artist Statement

My work is rooted in play, a sense of discovery and a passion for revealing the unknown. Images emerge from my translation of experiences of the outside world, and are internalized through the lens of the inner eye. I am interested in motion, energy and balance both formally and metaphorically.The paintings develop through an intuitive dialog between deliberate and random marks, allowing a relationship between intent and accident to unfold. Time and memory are evoked through the process of layering and scraping. The working process is inseparable from the completed image, which stands as a witness to the history of its making.


About the Artist

Lisa Pressman’s paintings incorporate oils, collage, wax and other mixed media to create works that allude to a personalized time and space. The work is the physical embodiment of the slow and gradual process of realization and transformation.

Upcoming exhibitions: include Kindred Spirits, Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University, Wooster Mass and Confluence: Medium Meets Message at the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL in 2012.

Recently, Pressman’s work was exhibited in Making the Mark at Susan Eley Fine Art and at the Affordable Art Fair with Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, both in New York City. Her paintings were also featured in The Balancing Act, a solo show at Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia. One of her paintings was recently selected for the Viridian Gallery Annual Juried Show 2011, curated by Elizabeth Sussman from the Whitney Museum. Other recent exhibitions include: Reality and Artifice, the 2010 New Jersey Annual at the NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Illusive Balance: Transcendental Pattern and Layered Surface at the Douglass Library gallery, New Brunswick, NJ; Little Gems at Butters Gallery, Portland, OR. She is represented by the Jack Meier Gallery, Houston TX, Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, Larchmont NY, and the Allyn Gallup Gallery in Sarasota, FL.

She is currently an adjunct at the Art Institute of New York and teaches painting privately and around the country.


Small Works

Solo Exhibitions

2011 ROSENFELD GALLERY, Philadelphia, Pa
2007 BLOCK GALLERY, Montclair, NJ
2007 NEW WORK, CDF Gallery, Maplewood, NJ
2006 PRESENT AND PAST, Goat Café Gallery, South Orange, NJ
2005 INTRODUCTIONS, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TXFROM THE PAST, Philips Lighting Gallery, Somerset, NJ
2004 NEW WORK, Classic Design Gallery, Maplewood, NJ
2003 TIME WILL TELL, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ
2002 MIDWINTER SHOW, Sharon Gill, Montclair, NJ
2001 NEW WORK, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
1999 PARK AVENUE CLUB, Florham Park, NJ
1996 RECENT WORK, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
1998 SIMON GALLERY, Morristown, NJ
1997 POSTCARDS, Chubb Group of Insurance, Warren, NJ


Selected Group Exhibitions

2012   CONFLUENCE: MEDIUM MEETS MESSAGE, Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, Fl
2011 KINDRED SPIRITS, Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University, Worcester, MA
2011 Susan Eley Fine Art , Making Their Mark,New York, NY
2011The Affordable Art Fair, Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, New York, NY
2010  NEW JERSEY ARTS ANNUAL, “Reality & Artifice, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
2010 SMALL GEMS,  Butters Gallery, Portland. Oregon
2010 ILLUSIVE BALANCE: Transcendental Pattern and Layered Surface Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, New Brunswick, NJ
2009 RECENT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING USC Upstate Gallery, Spartanburg, SC
2009 CONNECTIONS, George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2008 BENNET GALLERY, Group Show, Atlanta, GA
2008 ROSENFELD GALLERY, Small Works, Philadelphia, PA
2008 RYE ART GALLERY, Rye, NY2008 ROSENFELD GALLERY, New Talent, Philadelphia, Pa
2007 SMALL JEWELS, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, TN2007 NAVIGATION, Art Gotham, New York, NY
2007 BENEATH THE SURFACE, Art Forms Gallery, Red Bank. NJ
2007 ABOUT DRAWING, Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ
2004 DRAWING SHOW, Beshert Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2004 SYNOPSIS @10, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ
2003 COLOR & CONCEPT, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
2002 21st ANNUAL METRO SHOW, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJCurators: Joyce Korotin, Patterson Sims, Lauren Wittels
2002 GROUP SHOW, Confident Gallery, St Petersburg, FL
2001 WHEN TWO BECOMES ONE, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Curator: Peter Tilgner
2000 ESSEX EXPOSED, Gallery of South Orange, NJJurors: Jim Murray, Yoalnd Skeete, Greg Smith
2000 CWW 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW, Seton Hall University School of Law Newark, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennot
1999 18th ANNUAL METRO SHOW, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Jurors: Alejandro Anreus, Victor Davson, Judy Wukitsch
1999 CHROMATICALLY SPEAKING, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennot
1998 WORKS ON PAPER, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
1998 HEART WORKS, Gallery R, New York, NY Curator: Sharon Gill
1998 DARK, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Curator: Joan Vaccaro
1997 THE WORLD WITH PERFORATIONS, Art Center, Watchung, NJ Curator: Thom Lynch
1996 COLORS AND CONUNDRUMS, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennot
1993 REGIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION, “JANUS, God of the Doorway,” Williams Carlos Williams Center for the Arts, Rutherford, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennot
1992 ELLARSLILE OPEN XL, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ
1992 WOMEN IN ABSTRACTION, Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY Curator: Michelle Bonelli
1991 GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION/MASKED MEDIA, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Curator: Deborah Swack


Corporate Collections

Harvest Group. Post 390 Restaurant Zais Group, NJ
Rumson International, NJ
Restaurant Serenade, NJ
Evergreen Spot Trading Corporation, NY
McKinsey Financial Corporation, NY
Sun Chemical Corporation, NJ
Vatche Simonian, Inc., NJ
Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA
0mni Hotel and Resort, FL



1983 MFA, Painting, Bard College, Annandale-on-the-Hudson, NY
1979 BA, Fine Arts Douglass College, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ


Represented by

Butters Gallery, Portland Oregon
Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Anelle Gandelman Gallery, Larchmont, NY
Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

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