Approved: 30.04.2009

Lisa Traxler

Artist, Maker

Approved: 30.04.2009

Traxler responds to the weight of remembered experience, creating an environmental autobiography - a sense of self and place, intimately connected. Through this form of memory-mapping, Traxler has been able to extend her practice in new directions, from life-sized enamel and steel sculptures, to suspended ephemeral stitched paper sculptures. She challenges the concept of self within a space, dissecting

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  • Location: IW, South East
  • Activities: Residencies, Public art, Private commissions, Curating, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: painting, paper, collage, abstract, colour, thread, architecture, installation, mixed media, drawing
 

Biography

Traxler responds to the weight of remembered experience, creating an environmental autobiography - a sense of self and place, intimately connected. Through this form of memory-mapping, Traxler has been able to extend her practice in new directions, from life-sized enamel and steel sculptures, to suspended ephemeral stitched paper sculptures. She challenges the concept of self within a space, dissecting the idea through rich colour punctuated by geometric forms and portals through paint and the sculptural form. Her vibrant abstract paintings of acrylic and graphite on canvas paved the way for most recent works of vitreous enamel on steel. There is a tension between the nature of the materials used and their transformation into sculpture - paintings in space. 'Her most recent body of work consists of large-scale steel and vitreous enamel sculptures. These begin as delicate paper maquettes that are constructions of small clusters of individual sheets that are deftly cut and torn, coloured with paint and delineated with graphite. There is a lightness and poise to these objects that suggest they capture a fleeting, transitory moment of vision. The revelatory nature of her compositions in space embodies Traxler's journey from the canvas to the factory and echoes the journey that she has embarked upon in her own life. She lives in an environment where anything seen in her surroundings can trigger an imagistic, compositional or painterly response. 'She makes stitched collages that intermix found images or archive material with drawing and painting, using the lyrical active-reflective-reactive compositional method. A major series of Paperscapes have been produced. These are made from paper and thread and they solve the composition in a subtly different way from the paintings and steel and enamel sculptures. Found & photographed imagery is collated, collaged and reprographically manipulated. It is also, sometimes, deformed into a three-dimensional shape. The manipulated imagery on these paper constructions form the basis for 'line drawings' made from stitched rows that follow their contours. Often the thread is seen from the reverse side, or makes a linear foray out into the space in which the works are installed, anchoring them to a site-specific location. For Traxler, an art piece is the experienced, felt and intuited world - a connection with her own immediate surroundings and way of life.' (Jonathan Parsons - 'Space Lived')

CV & Education

PROFILE    Lisa Traxler ARWS was born in London where she studied at Croydon Art College and then on to Birmingham where she graduated with a BA Hons degree in Fashion & Textiles. For many years she worked in London as a fashion editor and costume designer before moving to the Isle of Wight. Lisa’s work includes: abstract paintings of acrylic & water based mediums on canvas & paper, stitched collages & installations, sculptures of vitreous enamel & steel.

Her award winning art has been exhibited widely in the UK including the RWS Bankside Gallery, Royal College of Art, Cork Street, Mall Galleries, London, the Crypt Gallery, St. Ives and with the Bath Society of Artists. She was recipient of the ProArte Award (2014), the Colart Award (2012) & the Golden Award (2010) for her paintings at the NAPA National Exhibitions, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives.

Her vitreous enamel and steel mural painted on the outside of the house she built with partner, designer Lincoln Miles, gained huge attention when aired on national television (Grand Designs, Channel 4, 2010/12) and was commended at the Architects Journal Awards, London (2011).

She is an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society (elected 2015) & a member of NAPA (National Acrylic Painters Association) & has exhibited throughout the UK with them. She regularly exhibits at the Affordable Art Fairs in Hong Kong & London. Recent public art commissions include the multi panelled enamel and steel wall mural in the entrance foyer to the new Art & Design College, Stourbridge, West Midlands (2011). A large enamel and steel triptych situated in the double height space of the entrance foyer of Vestas Technology Centre, IW (2011), and a multi panelled folding wall at Briddlesford Education Centre, IW (2010). A further public art commission surface design was chosen for the ‘Making Waves’ sculpture & tourist trail, the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth (2013).

A major solo exhibition of her paintings & sculptures, ‘Decade’ toured from the West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW (2014) to the Apthorp Gallery, Artsdepot, London (2015).

Two books have been written by the artist (‘DECADE’ & ‘LIVES OF SPACES’) with essays & foreword by Jonathan Parsons (artist) & Peter Davies (art critic & artist).

Her work can be found in private & public collections throughout the UK, Hong Kong, New York, Australia & Italy.

CURRICULUM VITAE    Degree (B.A. hons) Fashion/Textiles (Birmingham) 1983-1986 Diploma Art & Design (Croydon) 1981-1983 Worked for many years in the fashion industry as a fashion editor (IPC Publishing) costume designer & stylist (London) Elected an Associate Member of the RWS (2015) Member of NAPA (National Acrylic Painters Association) since 2008

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014/15    ‘DECADE’ touring painting/sculpture West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
                  Apthorp Gallery, Artsdepot, London
2012          ‘Lives of Spaces’ sculpture exhibition, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
2010           arc space @ aspex, Portsmouth, stitched collage installation
2009           gASP Gallery, Art Space Studio Award Exhibition, Portsmouth
2008-10     ‘Letters Home’ touring: Portsmouth Grammar School Residency
                    Eldon Gallery, University of Portsmouth, Hampshire
                    The Link Gallery, University of Winchester, Winchester
2007           ‘Crossing the Water’ Rope Store Gallery, Quay Arts, IW

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015    ‘Space Interrupted’ Fort Brockhurst, English Heritage, Arts Council England, installation               ‘Drawing Process’ West Gallery, Quay Arts RWS  
            ‘Watercolour Etc.’ Group Show, elected Associate Member of RWS
             RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
             NAPA National Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
             ‘Art for Youth’ Mall Galleries, London
2014    NAPA National Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
            ‘Art for Youth’ Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
            National Society, Menier Gallery, Southwark, London
2013    Bath Society of Artists Open Exhibition, Bath NAPA National Exhibition,
            Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby, Yorkshire
           National Society, Menier Gallery, Southwark, London
           ‘Freedom’s Road’ Aspex, Portsmouth, stitched collage
           ‘Chalk Talks’ Ryde Arts Festival, St. Thomas Church, IW, stitched collage
            Cork Street Open Exhibition, Cork Street, London, stitched collage painting
            ‘Art for Youth’ Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
2012    ‘Open Water’ National Trust, Mottisfont House, Hampshire, sculptural stitched collage
            ‘360 A PANORAMA’ Quay Arts, IW, threaded geometric shapes installation
            NAPA National Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, paintings
           ‘Portsmouth Calling’ Aspex, Portsmouth, stitched banner installation
            Shortlisted, Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London, enamel & steel sculptures
           ‘Say What You See’ group relay exhibition, Aspex, Portsmouth
2011    ‘Drawing Connections’ Siena Art Institute, Italy
             Pallant House Gallery Open Exhibition, Chichester, stitched collages
            ‘Art for Youth’ Royal College of Art, Kensington, London
             NAPA Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Wirral, Merseyside
            ‘Relay’ installation, Quay Arts, IW & Aspace, Southampton
2010    NAPA National Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall ‘
            ‘HYDE 900′ Re-Imagining Hyde: Exhibition over three venues:
            Winchester Cathedral. (paper & stitch installation, site specific)
            City Space at The Discovery Centre, Winchester (stitched & painted diptych)
            The Link Gallery, Winchester (stitch & collage installation)
2009    Art Liberating Lives’ Group Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
           ‘Re-Open’ Exhibition, Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, Poole
            Cork Street Open Exhibition, 28 Cork Street, London
            NAPA National Exhibition, View Two Gallery, Liverpool
2008    NAPA Exhibition, Obsidian Gallery, Buckinghamshire
2007    ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

SELECTION & CURATING

2011    ‘Young Curators Island Open’ guest judge, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW

RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2014    Recipient of the ProArte Award, NAPA, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives
2012    Recipient of Colart Award, NAPA, The Crypt Gallery, St.Ives
2011    Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Works Art Award
            Architects Journal Magazine, Enamel Mural commended in A.J. Small Builds Awards
2010    Recipient of Golden Award, NAPA, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives
2009    Recipient of Art Space Portsmouth Sponsored Studio Award Residency
2008    Resident Artist, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth
            NAPA Winsor & Newton Award, Buckinghamshire

PUBLIC & PRIVATE COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS

2015    Ventnor Botanic Gardens, IW large painting
2013    ‘Making Waves’ Public Art Project, tourist trail, surface design,
            National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth.
2011    Enamel & Steel Wall Mural, entrance foyer, Vestas Technology Centre, IW Enamel
            & Steel Wall Mural, entrance foyer, Art & Design College, Stourbridge, West Midlands
2010    Folding Wall Archival Mural, Education Room, Briddlesford Lodge Farm, IW
2008    Set of Collages, Hilsea Pavilion, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth, Hampshire

ART FAIRS

2015    Affordable Ar Fair, Hong Kong
2014    Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong & Battersea, London
2013    Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London
2012    Works on Paper, Science Museum, London
2010    Brighton Art Fair, Brighton
2009/10    Affordable Art Fair, London

EDUCATION & WORKSHOPS

2014    ‘Landmark Trees’ Lead Artist, Arts Council England, Ryde Arts Festival, IW
2009 – 16    Continuing art & fashion workshops for primary & secondary schools
2005 – 2008    Creative Partnerships, Island Primary Schools, IW.

SELECTED PRESS

2015    Island Life, artists profile & sculpture exhibition feature
2012    Style of Wight, artists profile & sculpture exhibition feature
2011    Aesthetica Magazine, works published in the 2012 Creative Works Annual
            COAST Magazine, lifestyle interview featuring artwork    
            Hampshire Life Magazine, artists profile & lifestyle feature
2010    Grand Designs, Television Programme, Channel 4,
            Featuring Art Works in Building Project
            Sunday Times Newspaper, external mural artwork & house project
             Island Business Magazine, artist interview, recent works
2009    City Life Magazine, Portsmouth, four page artists profile & front cover    
            The Wessex Muse Magazine, South Coast, artists profile
2006    COAST Magazine, artists profile & lifestyle feature

PUBLISHED WORKS

2014    ‘DECADE’ book publication written by the artist (Peter Davies foreword)
2012    ‘LIVES OF SPACES’ book publication on the artist and recent works
    (Jonathan Parsons & Peter Davies essays) ‘Aesthetica Creative Works Annual’ artists profile and enamel works
2010     ‘Re-imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey’ Winchester, catalogue publication