Liloveve Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York exhibition by artist Don Lisy, opening Friday June 11, 2010.
Lisy works in oil, acrylic, gouache, charcoal and oil pastel, on surfaces ranging from printmaking paper, canvas, wood panels and shelves. Subject matter consists mainly of self-portraits in landscape-like atmospheres with subtle textural layers. Lisy’s main influences are Francis Bacon and Egon Schiele. Each work is created in one session by immediately succumbing to the emotional energy that inspires his work; Don feels he is best able to represent that emotion if he can complete the work before the feeling dissipates. Working in a subtractive manner–applying media to the surface and then scraping or erasing off elements–he then works back into the surface by adding shapes, lines, brushstrokes. The repetition allows the image to emerge in an organic fashion. As a result, each work develops into a self-portrait of an emotional event, rather than an image concerned with aesthetics.