Press Release

Half/Dozen is pleased to present Into the Brilliance by artist Lisa Kowalski. This new body of work explodes with bold colors and an intuitive sense of tension and composition. The large and small scale wet-on-wet oil paintings signal back to the Abstract Expressionism of the 40s-50s with gestural abstractions and uncalculated marks.

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Everything in life inspires me, not quite with direct interpretation, but as I see and experience faces, words, gestures, colors and shapes – all of it – I am always looking and reacting to the energy around me. It can become a self centered reflection of whatever is around that interests me rather than great issues that have to be answered objectively. All of this gets channeled and flows from brain to arm, hitting white board with that first wonderful stroke of vibrant color, and continues with adding and subtracting, stripping down to the most essential. I am in love with the eloquence of sparseness and everything to do with the act of painting: the smell, the lushness of oil paint, color.

There is unmitigated spontaneity driven by emotive forces, reacting intuitively, chance and choice. The works are not meant to be narrative, but visual explorations. These explorations evoke sensation in the viewer that are not bounded by the literal, but can be broadly identified as physical, spiritual or psychological. The titles are personal associations. I try to work with a straightforward painter’s vocabulary without pretension. I’m not interested in postmodern irony or intellectualizing about painting.

My methods of line and stroke are deliberate, intuitively unidentified. I don’t labor over works. If they start to trouble me, they need to be set aside, while I move on to the next piece. This keeps several pieces in process and the momentum keeps ideas clear. Logic and intuition are always shifting and struggling between what will be viewed and holding onto my pure intention.




BFA, The School at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1988

Selected Exhibitions

2008 Exhibit Number 1, in the new space, Denver, CO
2008 New Work, New City, Square 101 Gallery, Denver, CO
2008 Recent Paintings, Denver, CO
2007 Fashionation at Lumin, Chicago, Il.
2007 Aqua Art at Miami Art Basel, Miami Fl.
2007 BridgeartFair at Trafalgar Square, London, UK
2007 BridgeArtFair at Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2007 BridgeArtFair at Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL
2007 New Paintings, Navta Schulz Gallery Chicago, IL
2006 Five, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapid, Mi
2006 Four, Navta Schulz Gallery. Chicago. IL
2006 Fresh Paint, Navta Schulz Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 New Work, Water Street Gallery, Princeton, WI
2005 April Fools, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
2004 Unadulterated, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
2003 New Work, Water Street Gallery, Princeton, WI
2002 Winter Show, Eau by Water Street Gallery, Princeton, WI
2002 New Paintings, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
2001 No Boundaries, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
2001 Emerging, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
2001 Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, MI
2001 Live Coverage, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
2000 New Season, New Work, New Road, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
1999 Regional 71, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
1999 Group Show, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
1999 Object of My Affection, Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI


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