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Huxley-Parlour gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of new works made by American artist Lisa Sanditz.
One of the most celebrated landscape painters working in America today, Sanditz’s richly coloured works explore humanity’s impact on the natural world. Sanditz depicts the landscape as a reflection of contemporary cultural values. The eighteen works, made during lockdown in the United States in the spring of 2020, reimagine and rework the tradition of the Romantic landscape in the time of global health pandemics and Trump-era America.
Sanditz’ landscapes capture the intersection of the natural world and built environments, and its associated effect on food production, consumption, ecology, and the economy. The paintings render prosaic scenes or situations in brilliant and garish colours, capturing, as she describes it, “the ways the marketplace and the wilderness intersect, overlap, and inform each other.” Sanditz’ saturated palette, and her use of industrial materials, reference the impact of plastic and other synthetics on the environment. As the artist states: ‘these new allegorical paintings sparked from distant and recent personal memories, aim to stick joy, remorse, love and sorrow together in sumptuous and scummy surfaces. These paintings are bruised and loved. The colours are lovely, brazen, exhilarating and gross.’
Lisa Sanditz was born 1973 in St. Louis, MO. In 1994 she studied at the Studio Art Centre International in Florence, Italy. In 1995 she received her BA from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and in 2001 graduated with an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In 2005 she was selected by Creative Time and United Technologies to participate in an outdoor mural project where three commissioned artists, also including Alex Katz and Gary Hume, have painted site-specific paintings to be repainted on billboards in lower Manhattan. She is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient and currently lives and works in New York.
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