Lisa Traxler combines painting and 3D form within her practice exploring associations with construction, assemblage and components. Her abstract work traverses the two and three dimensional divide and links the disciplines of painting and sculpture.
Her studio is a converted RAF war-time bunker on the Isle of Wight’s south coast.
Born in London, Traxler studied at Croydon Art College and Birmingham Polytechnic
graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textiles.
She is an elected member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Royal Waterclour Society.
Elected ARWS 2015 & RWS 2017
Born: London. Studied: Croydon Art College and Birmingham Polytechnic. Graduated BA Hons degree, Fashion & Textiles. Previous career in London as fashion editor (IPC Publications) and costume designer. Member of Royal Watercolour Society, Royal British Society of Sculptors, National Acrylic Painters Association.
Solo exhibition, 'BUILD' (paintings and assemblages) toured from the Penwith Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, ’Surface Matter’ Materials Gallery, London Fields, London Design Festival, WWII Radar Bunker, Isle of Wight during 2017.
Selected exhibitions include: ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, Royal College of Art, Cork Street, the Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, Bath Society of Artists, London Design Festival 2016 & 2017, Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy, The Greenhouse, Berlin.
Awards include: Adrian Henri Award (2017), ProArte Award (2014), Colart Award (2012) Golden Award (2010) for paintings at NAPA National Exhibitions, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives. Shortlisted and published in Aesthetica Creative Art Award Annual (2012). The exterior vitreous enamel and steel mural she painted was featured on national television (Grand Designs, Channel 4, 2010/12) and commended by architect Will Alsop at the Architects Journal Awards, London (2011). A collaboration with furniture designer, Steuart Padwick featured a hand painted enamel and steel folding table exhibited at London Design Festival, 2016. www.lisatraxler.com
CV & Education
Lisa Traxler CV
Lisa Traxler MRSS, RWS, combines painting & 3D form within her practice exploring associations with construction, assemblage and components. Her abstract work traverses the two and three dimensional divide linking the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Materials include vitreous enamel on steel and paper composite. Her studio is a converted RAF wartime craft hut on the site of a decommissioned radar bunker on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. Born in London, Traxler studied at Croydon Art College and Birmingham Polytechnic graduating with BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textiles. She is an elected Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (2015) and the Royal Watercolour Society (2017).
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (since 2008))
2021 Blast Wall, The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea, London and The Bunker, IW
2021 Dazzle and Disrupt (2 person with Jeannie Driver) West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
2018 Start’18 International Sculpture Network (2 person with Ever Grainger) the Bunker, IW
2017 Build, Penwith Gallery, St. Ives & Surface Matter Materials Library, Hackney,
London Design Festival
2014 - 2015 Decade, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW to Apthorp Gallery, Artsdepot, London
2012 Lives of Spaces, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW to ExCel Expo Centre (Grand Designs Live)
2009 Studio 22, Artspace studio award exhibition
2008 Letters Home, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth Cathedral, Eldon Gallery, Portsmouth University
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (since 2015)
2020 Concrete Castles, Cornwall Regimental Museum, Bodmin, exhibiting and assistant curator with Tim Craven.
2020 In Search of A New World, Southampton City Art Gallery biennial Open Exhibition (winner)
2020 RBSA Prize Exhibition, Birmingham
2019 London Group Open, Cello Factory, London (winner of sculpture award)
2019 Parallel Lines: Drawing & Sculpture, the Ingram Collection and Royal Society of Sculptors, The Lightbox, Surrey.
2018-19 Dazzle: Continuing the Art of Disruption, Southampton City Art Gallery, Stuart Rodda
2018 Dazzle: Disguise & Disruption in War & Art, St. Barbe Museum, Lymington, curated by Steve Marshall
2018 Equinox, Felix & Spear, Ealing, London
2018 NAPA Summer Exhibition, The Crypt Gallery, St.Ives
2017 London Group Open, Cello Factory, London
2017 Drawing for Sculpture, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire
2017 Future Landscapes Borders Project, ItsLiquid Group, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice
2017 Stimulus, Art Number 23, The Greenhouse, Berlin
2016 The Drawing Process, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
2015 Space Interrupted, English Heritage & Arts Council England, Fort Brockhurst, Gosport, curated by Clare Sheppeard
2015 RWS at Bankside Gallery, regular exhibitor since elected membership
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2021 Arts Council England Awarded Grant; Blast Wall solo exhibition and project
2020 Arts Council England Awarded Grant; Dazzle + Disrupt, 2 person exhibition
2020 Winner, Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition
2019 Jeff Lowe Sculpture Award, London Group Open, Cello Factory, London
2019 Boarhunt Plinth Award, Little Forest Open Sculpture Competition, Hampshire
2017 Adrian Henri Painting Award, NAPA National Exhibition, St.Ives
2014 ProArte Painting Award, NAPA National Exhibition, St. Ives
2012 Colart Painting Award, NAPA National Exhibition, St. Ives
2009 Artspace Studio Award, Southsea, Portsmouth
2008 Artist in Residence, Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth
2021 Sculpture of Home, Daisie Rich Trust and ACE, Quay Arts, online
2020 Masterpieces in Schools, ArtUK and Royal Society of Sculptors, online
2020 Masterpieces at Home, ArtUK online
20214 Landmark Trees, Lead Artist, ACE, Ryde Arts Festival
2019 Worlds Most Secret Homes, Windfall films, Home Channel, dazzle artwork
2019 They’ve Built Them On The Beaches, METRO newspaper, defence architecture artworks 2018 Artists Talk Magazine, feature, Grant Milne
2017 On The Radar, Armadillo Central blog feature by Emma Boden
2017 Art + Architecture, Sunday Times Feature by Hugh Graham
2016 What is so special about watercolour? Royal Watercolour Society, BBC Arts News, Sophie van Brugen PUBLIC ART
2019 I Am Not Afraid, wall sculpture, Mountbatten Hospice, IW
2016 Cloud Collecting, installation, Generation ART The Curve Gallery, Quay Arts, IW
2011 Transition, wall sculpture, Stourbridge Art & Design College, West Midlands
2011 Take Wing, wall sculpture, Vestas Technology Centre, IW
2010 When We Were Young, wall installation, education room, Briddlesford Lodge Farm, IW
2021 Concrete Castles catalogue, Ghosts in the Landscape essay and artworks
2021 Blast Wall, exhibition catalogue, foreword by Tim Craven, The Foundry Gallery, London. 2021 Dazzle and Disrupt catalogue, essay by Jillian Knipe, West Gallery, Quay Arts
2014 Decade, exhibition catalogue, foreword by Peter Davies, West Gallery, IW & Apthorp Gallery, London
2012 Lives of Spaces, exhibition catalogue, essay by Jonathan Parsons, West Gallery, IW & ExCel, London
Portsmouth Grammar School
Vestats Technology Centre
Stourbrisge Art & Design College
Many private collections world wide