Thursday, October 16, 2014

Teaching Schedule

A Day in the Catskills, encaustic, encaustic from Mapping a Place at Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC

               2014-2015 WORKSHOP INTENSIVES:
 November 19–20, 2014
Advanced Encaustic
R&F Handmade Paint, Kingston , NY

This two-day advanced encaustic workshop will take experienced students to the next level in technique and expression. Individual direction and development of a personal vision will be a goal of this class with an emphasis on freeing the creative spirit. I will use guided exercises to lead students through an intuitive creative process, developing a new body of work that is richly layered in content and concept. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support. Exercises are grounded in abstraction; attention will be paid to the use of personal symbols and markings that could develop into a deeper visual dialogue. 

December 10-12, 2014

Exploring Your Visual Language with R&F Pigment Sticks

R&F Handmade Paint, Kingston , NY
R&F Pigment Sticks are oil paint with just enough wax added for the paint to be molded into stick form. They allow the artist to draw or paint onto a surface with freedom and directness. This workshop introduces you to pigment sticks and allows you to explore a wide variety of mark making, creating rich layered surfaces. Exercises are designed to help beginners and professionals alike free themselves from preconceived ideas of painting. Emphasis will be on using the techniques to heighten and enhance the artist's own visual language. Individual attention is given to each student so the beginner as well as the professional will get the feedback needed to bring back to their studio. Power point presentations, discussions of contemporary art, professional and career support are all offered.

Journey, oil and pigment stick encaustic from Mapping a Place at Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC

Sunday January 4
Introduction to Pigment Sticks and Mixed Media
Waterstreet Studios, Batvia, IL

Jan 15, 16,17,18  SOLD OUT
Jan 18,19,20,21   SOLD OUT
with Elise Wagner & Lisa Pressman

February 6-8

Layered Media: Finding Your Mark using Cold Wax and Mixed media  

South Shore Arts Center

Cohasset, MA

Feb 20-22

Layered Media: Finding Your Mark using Cold Wax and Mixed Media  

Visiting Artist Program,

Hirst  Printmaking

Oakland, CAEmail for information:

March 13-15

Layered Media: Finding Your Mark using Cold Wax and Mixed Media  

Ringling College of Arts

Sarasota, FL

April 27-May 1
Layered Media: Finding Your Mark using Cold Wax and Mixed Media  

Pacific Northwest Art School

Whidbey Island, WA

Chanting, oil on paper encaustic from Mapping a Place at Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC
June 8-9
Advanced Encaustic : Layers, Richness and Personal Vision
9th International Encaustic Conference
Provincetown, Mass

July 12-18
To Be Announced
Cullowhee Mountain Arts
Cullowhee, NC
August 13-18
To Be Anounced
Ah Haa School of Art
Telluride, CO


Mentoring Offered: Please email for information

Recommendation from artist Bridgette Guerzon Mills
"I came to Lisa Pressman with a specific set of goals in mind that I wanted to address in my art and my art career goals and she was a wonderful soundboard and guide. I really appreciated the way she looked at my work and my goals and helped me hone in on what is essential to my visual voice, as well as pushing me to really think and delve further. Months later, I am still referring to my notes I took during our sessions and our email exchanges. Doing the mentorship with Lisa was like being given a toolbox full of resources and reflections that I have taken with me and will keep with me for a long time. "

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Save the Date:: September 10th

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 10, 6-8 pm

September 10 - October 25, 2014
46 West 90th Street, Floor 2, New York, NY

My show will include several series of works including this new body of work which are hanging in the studio right now!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Team Teaching-The Magic of Artist - Friends, Part 2

Here is a blog post from Cullowhee Mountain Arts about a workshop  I am teaching with my fellow artist and friend Sara Mast Thanks to Norma Hendrix for putting it together!

Team Teaching-The Magic of Artist - Friends, PART 2

 Lisa Pressman and Sara Mast are both known for their work with painting in encaustic medium - hot wax with pigment. When paired together in the classroom, the synergy soars. 

I asked Lisa and Sara to share comments from students who have been the recipient of their Team Teaching. Here are some of their remarks:

“Each day we participated in various movement /energy exercises, which were each lead by an experienced instructor. The day culminated with a group critique and plenty of discussion based on our daily work. Ideas and creativity was constant and free-flowing. The workshop was well organized and I left satisfied with my body of work. The quality of education both Sara and Lisa offer is top notch. I highly recommend an opportunity to participate in one of their workshops, as I personally look forward to the next one!”     Susan Bendas

"Working with Lisa and Sara changed my entire perspective as an artist and catapulted me happily into a previously unexplored direction with my work with all mediums. Intense, exhilarating, fun and freeing - I loved every minute of my workshop with them and you will too!”  Kathy

This is a quote  from a fellow student who participated with Sara and I, in an Encaustic monotype workshop taught by Paula Roland at the International Encaustic Conference.

"One exercise we were assigned(by Paula Roland) was to use a 20-foot Japanese paper scroll, cut to 10 feet, to produce an encaustic monotype. Lisa and Sara decided to work together. They rolled the scroll out onto the sidewalk and continued making marks. They took the scroll out on the grass and hung it on a tree. They rolled it up and kicked it around. All the while they were laughing and appearing to have a great time. Initially I thought this was a very juvenile and sophomoric act. It was not until they brought it inside and piled it on a table during our art critique that I realized that this really became an installation. When they described what had transpired it became apparent that what they did was demonstrate what it means tto collaborate with another artist. They showed all of us an aspect of what it really means to be an artist. It was a wonderful educational experience."   Norman T. Soskel

The workshop with Lisa & Sara was one of the most empowering art experiences I have had in a long time. The energy was unbelievable; so powerful. -

"The atmosphere of the workshop was one of playfulness and serious focus.  Sara and Lisa demonstrated the limitless possibilities of expression inherent in the medium.  It was just what I needed to take back to my studio.  Thanks you again for a great workshop,  you guys are a dynamic duo....."

Lisa and Sara Will be Team-Teaching May 18-23 at Beautiful Lake Logan Retreat Center, 
here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Click here for all the details -

Painting with Lisa and Sara is magic.  You will explore your inner process and it's meaning to you and your work.  This workshop will be interactive, and you will grow and learn from these two wonderful teachers.  It will truly bring your work out of any routine or "sameness" and get you to challenge yourself and clarify where you are going with your art and what you want to communicate with it.  Rita

The FUSE workshop taught by Lisa Pressman and Sara Mast was an extraordinary experience for me!  Not only did it take place in the gorgeous and inspiring setting of Sara's private Montana studio (along with very delicious food and other fun activities, too), but the class itself was extremely worthwhile.   Lisa and Sara are both such wonderful instructors -- incredibly talented and knowledgeable artists who are so generous and nurturing toward their students.  I can't say enough about their teaching style.  Both are well established artists and teachers, yet they are very down to earth and approachable.  Whether the students are experienced artists or relative newcomers to the field, Lisa and Sara are able to relate to them comfortably and guide them in the appropriate direction for their skill level.  I came to the FUSE workshop in an effort to deepen my art practice and to open myself to new possibilities in my work.  I accomplished this, and so much more!  Not only did Lisa and Sara teach technique (and lots of it), but content and personal history as it relates to our work were both important aspects of this workshop.  I still have many of the exercises from the workshop in the back of my mind these days, as I'm painting in my own studio.  This experience has led me to new, unexpected and exciting avenues in my work.  I would highly recommend the FUSE workshop, or any taught by Lisa and Sara, to painters who are looking to take their own work to a deeper and more personal level!
Anna Patricia Keller,  participant, FUSE, Art in Motion Workshop,  Bozeman, MT.  Summer 2013

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Krista Svalbonas: New Work and Influences

Brunswick E 13 14x14x2_oil on felt

Krista Svalbonas is an artist, fellow collaborator and close friend! Her work is included in a group show at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont through April 21. I am excited about the materiality, textility and sculptural feel of this work which contrasts the architectural geometry. Here is a review of Krista's recent installation that was in Kutztown, Pa.

I asked Krista for her statement and influences for the new work:

Brunswick E 02 14x14oil on felt

I have a longstanding interest in architecture, particularly urban environments. My work deals with low-income housing complexes; modernist architectural ideals, drawing from Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Soviet architecture; and the phenomenology of space. My cultural background as an ethnically Latvian/Lithuanian artist has informed this interest. In both countries’ capitals, during the communist era, cultural buildings were repurposed into warehouses; churches were demolished; the old town centers fell into decay. New constructions were made cheaply: no insulation, inadequate plumbing and heating. My connection to this history has made me acutely aware of the impact of politics on architecture, and in turn on a people’s daily lived experience.

I document what I see extensively, mostly through the use of a Fuji Polaroid camera for its instantaneous and immediate results. These images become the source material for my work.

Polaroid 4

Polaroid 08

There are particular artists that have inspired me due to their use of materials, their relationship to architecture or their use of space. A few of them are:

Lastly, I continue to be influenced by the work of my peers and friends, too many to name. I feel very grateful to be surrounded by a wealth of fabulous artists whose tireless efforts continue to bring me inspiration in the studio.

Brunswick E 04 14x14 oil on felt

Brunswick E  4 14x14x2_oil on felt

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Studio Visit with Matthew Langley

Medium Cool 30 x 36 o/c 2014

I stopped in and had a studio visit with artist Matthew Langley two weeks ago. We had a great time talking about his work, painting in general, materials, galleries, current exhibitions and life in general. The last time I wrote about Matthew's work was in 2009 on this blog.

"I've come across Matthew Langley's work on several blogs and enjoy looking at it on his website. One needs to spend some time with each piece as they reveal themselves over time-a mark here, a change in color and texture there. He incorporates a wonderful use of line -the grid, of course- with drawn lines of color and surface, along with a mindful use of the edge. I find the work playful with a rich painter's vocabulary." Blog post here

I wrote him after the visit:
"After seeing the new work I think there has been a shift in your palette, the layering process and the attention to surface. Also the work seems to be more minimal at first glance but actually contains a quiet lushness. What would say are the changes in the last 5 years?"

He responded:
"I think all of what you wrote is true.
I've become really interested in building the surfaces in a slightly different way lately. Earlier, I would build them in one broad color at a time. These days I'm far more likely to build the layers in multiple colors to allow the surface to slowly reveal that mark-making and paint action. I do find this approach adds to the lushness of the final work. I like that lushness, although it's not an end point. 
I think the work is more minimal than it was 5 years ago - the concerns towards the graphic quality have changed. I'm more focused on he process of building the image and a bit less on the graphic punch.
On top of all of the approaches and mark-making, I have started to develop a real fascination that the artwork must show the history of the making of the artwork as well. I have had some great and not so great success with this and it becomes something that continually pulls me back into the studio."
matthew langley

Love Songs on the Radio, 2014, 40x48, oil on canvas 

Love Songs on the Radio in progress

studio shot with Maggie

From Across The Kitchen Table. 24x30 o/c 

From Across The Kitchen Table, in progress

Photo catches the blue light from the studio window

From studio window

In Progress

Painting tools

Cooking rack with palette and tools

Something brewing on the side

 A Grand Complication, 2014, 24x30, Oil on Canvas 


Monday, February 3, 2014

Krista Svalbonas and Lisa Pressman, Shifting Space until Feb 6th

ISE - Krista Svalbonas and Lisa Pressman- artist talk-2 from krista svalbonas on Vimeo.

Here is a tour of the collaborative site-specific installation, Shifting Space, at the Ise Cultural Foundation in NYC created by Krista Svalbonas and myself.

Working with curator, Lisbeth Murray, our proposal for a site specific installation was accepted by Ise Cultural Foundation. We began the project by visiting the site and taking photos of the interior and exterior neighborhood of Soho. We were both inspired by the art deco lamps, the floor patterns and the vintage elevators of the lobby. Before entering our respective studios we set a few "rules", including: the color palette, the size of the work, the use of building materials and using our photographs as source material. After contemplating many materials I chose to paint on insulation foam with oil paint, cold wax and pan pastels. Krista's work is oil and cold wax on industrial felt. After we completed our work Krista made the initial study for the wall drawings including both of our panel pieces. The first day of install the initial wall drawing was measured and begun. The second day of install the initial wall drawing was completed and the work was hung. The next day and a half, Krista and I worked collaboratively on the wall drawing, integrating aspects of each others work.
Collaboration is both wonderful and challenging. Although the final exhibition looks effortless there were quite a few bumps in the road for both of us artistically and personally. Different ways of working and seeing led to some conflict and and many discussions.  I realized the struggles that we were having with each other were very similar to the kind of struggles I experience with myself and my work in my studio. These struggles are what lead to new and exciting work. 

Image of right wall as you enter from street

As you enter the gallery to the right, 
Krista's painting and the beginnings of the wall drawing.

As we continue into the gallery, to the right, a collaborative wall drawing

Moving right, my paintings installed on collaborative wall drawing 



Looking back

Collaborative wall drawing

Looking down the wall

Painting by Krista along with wall drawing which was collaboratively finished.

Looking back install photo with art deco lights and floor patterns

Back wall:  My painting with collaborative wall drawing.


Elevator Bay

Left Wall: My paintings with wall collaborative wall drawing.


Collaborative wall drawing, detail

Press Release

Shifting Space is a collaborative site-specific installation located in the Front Space at ISE Cultural Foundation consisting of two-dimensional mixed media works and integrated wall drawings by artists Lisa Pressman and Krista Svalbonas. This exhibition is an experimental exploration of the artists’ different approaches to urban architecture and temporality.

The artists’ collaborative process began with a response to the gallery space, a muted nostalgic foyer with Art Deco light fixtures, inlaid geometric floor designs and vintage elevators. Visiting the site at various times of day, the artists documented via photography the inner and outer framework of the gallery and SoHo neighborhood to serve as the basis for their visual expression. As a result, their work refers to a wide range of imagery, such as cast iron, stone and brick facades, sleek columns, angled window frames and Art Deco patterns. Collectively their work directly reflects the continuous excavation and renovation of the urban landscape in New York.

Although the artists referred to the same contextual imagery and collaboratively decided the parameters for color palette, scale and the choice of industrial insulation materials as their substrates, this exhibition showcases the artists’ distinctly different styles and processes. Starting with an immediate visceral response, working intuitively, and exploring the dialogue between the incidental and intentional, Pressman plays with translucent and opaque layers of oils, collage, wax and other mixed media. Her works evolve over time, resulting in expressive abstract paintings that allude to a personalized time and space. Svalbonas’ practice is research- and conceptually driven. She extracts elements of the built environment to become the forms of abstract geometric structural paintings and wall drawings. She builds and overlaps layers of mixed media, allowing the straight-edged geometric forms to distort the viewer’s perception of depth and width, as well as echoing the organization of a city grid.
The collaborative site-specific wall drawing pulls colors from the exterior facades of SoHo and forms from the Art Deco elements of the ISE front space. These elements are integrated with Pressman's and Svalbonas' paintings, creating a further dialogue about interior and exterior. 

Lisa Pressman received her MFA in painting at Bard College and was recently featured in Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. Krista Svalbonas received her MFA in photography, design and sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz and has been awarded residencies at Cooper Union and the Vermont Studio Center. Both artists have solo exhibited in the New York tri-state area and have been selected for numerous group exhibitions and publications.