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.
Bio / CV Lisa Traxler RWS, MRSS - born London
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Studied: Croydon Art College and Birmingham Polytechnic. Graduated with a BA Hons degree in Fashion & Textiles. Previously worked in London as a fashion editor (IPC Publications) and costume designer. Royal Society of Sculptors (elected 2017), Royal Watercolour Society (elected 2015), National Acrylic Painters Association (elected 2009).
Lisa combines painting and 3D form within her art practice.
Exhibitions for 2021: Arts Council Awarded 'Blast Wall' Solo exhibition, The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea, London (2021) and The Bunker gallery, IW (2021). Arts Council Awarded ‘Dazzle + Disrupt’ Duo Exhibition, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW (2021) ‘Concrete Castles’ Group exhibiting and Co-Curating with Tim Craven, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Chepstow Museum and Royal Engineers Museum, Kent (2021 touring). ‘Edge to Edge’, The Cello Factory (2021). Continuing Summer and Autumn Exhibitions with RWS, Bankside Gallery, London, SW1.
Recent selected exhibitions include: ‘Dazzle + Disrupt’ Duo Exhibition, The West Gallery, Quay Arts, IOW, Spring 2021. The London Group Open, 2017 + 2019. Southampton City Art Gallery 2018/19 + 2020. The Lightbox, Woking with RSS, 2019. St. Barbe Museum, Lymington, 2018. The Greenhouse, Berlin, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice. London Design Festival 2016 + 2017. Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary at Bankside Gallery, ING Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries, the Crypt Gallery, St. Ives, the Bath Society of Artists.
Solo exhibitions include; ‘Blast Wall’, The Foundry Gallery, London, Spring 2021. ’BUILD' paintings & sculptures: Penwith Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, May 2017 touring to Surface Matter Materials Library part of London Design Festival, London Fields, Hackney, September 2017 and WWII Radar Bunker, Isle of Wight, January 2018 as part of START’18 International Sculpture Network. ‘Decade’ and ‘Lives of Spaces’ toured from West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW (2012 & 2014), ExCel Expo Centre (Grand Designs Live, 2014) to Apthorp Gallery, Artsdepot, London (2015).
Awards include: Arts Council England Project Grant Award (2021), Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition Winner, (2020), Jeff Lowe Sculpture award, London Group (2019), Boarhunt 4th Plinth Sculpture Award, Hampshire (2019) Adrian Henri Award (2017), ProArte Award (2014), Colart Award (2012) Golden Award (2010) for paintings at the NAPA National Exhibitions, The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives. Shortlisted & published in Aesthetica Creative Art Award Annual (2012). Exterior vitreous enamelled steel mural and sculptures featured on house built with architectural designer, Lincoln Miles, national television (Grand Designs, Channel 4, 2010/12) recipient of the Architect’s Journal Small Build Award, London (2011) by the architect Will Alsop. Collaboration with furniture designer, Steuart Padwick, hand painted enamelled steel folding table that hangs as wall art, featured at London Design Festival (2016). ‘Dazzle’ designed exterior cladding and staircase featured in Sunday Times Home (September, 2017) & METRO newspaper (2019) alongside a vitreous enamelled steel interior work surface.
Public art commissions include: Vitreous enamelled steel Memory Tree Wall Sculpture, Mountbatten Hospice, IW (2019), multi panelled vitreous enamelled steel wall mural, entrance foyer, Art & Design College, Stourbridge, West Midlands (2011). Enamelled steel triptych, entrance foyer, Vestas Technology Centre, IW (2011), multi panelled folding wall mural, Briddlesford Education Centre, IW (2010). ‘Paperscapes’ site specific installation, entrance foyer, ’Platform Project’ Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (2017).
Catalogues: ‘Blast Wall’ (essay Jillian Knipe, foreword Tim Craven), ‘Dazzle+Disrupt’ (essay Jillian Knipe, foreword Georgia Neman). ‘Decade’ & ‘Lives of Spaces’ essay & foreword by Jonathan Parsons (artist, author & lecturer) & Peter Davies (art critic & artist). Her work can be found in private & public collections throughout the UK, Hong Kong, New York, Australia & Italy.
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 London Group (2022), the Royal Society of Sculptors (2015), and the Royal Watercolour Society (2017).
2022 TIME TRAVELLER, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
2021 Blast Wall, The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea, London and The Bunker, IW
2021 Dazzle and Disrupt (duo) West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW. curator; Georgia Newman
2018 Start’18 International Sculpture Network (duo) 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)
2022 Biennial International Prize, Fabriano Watercolour 2022, Museum of Fabriano, Italy.
2022 Paradoxes, Contemporary British Painting, West Gallery, Quay Arts, IW. Invited artist.
2021-22 Concrete Castles, Cornwall Regimental Museum, Bodmin touring to Colsehill National Trust, exhibiting and assistant curator with Tim Craven.
2021 Trace Elements, The Factory Project, Silvertown, London, curated by Rosalind Davis, Thorpe Stavri
2021 Edge to Edge, The Cello Factory, Waterloo, London, curator Alexander Hinks
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, curator: Stuart Rodda
2018 Dazzle: Disguise & Disruption in War & Art, St. Barbe Museum, Lymington, curator: 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
2021 Edge to Edge at the Cello Factory, Artlyst review by Simon Streather
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
2022 Time Traveller catalogue, foreword by Polly Bielecka, Pangolin and essay by Paul Carey-Kent
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
Museum of Fabriano
Portsmouth Grammar School
Vestats Technology Centre
Stourbridge Art & Design College
Many private collections world wide