Lisa Bartell is known for her abstract figurative oil paintings in which she explores the theme of self identity and how life events can suddenly transform internal reality. She creates from personal memories which challenged her sense of self, temporarily making her world illogical.
Bartell gives expression to her experience by painting a narrative of females living in an unknown world of abstraction in which anything is possible. Her work is open to interpretation, as the imagery can appear both as whimsical and psychologically visceral. Chagall’s fantasy paintings and Modigliani’s African influenced portraits impacted Bartell’s work.
Bartell studied painting and drawing at Temple University’s Tyler School of art. She received a BFA at Kent State University and an MFA at the University of Memphis. She is an award winning artist and has had several solo and group exhibits. Her art has been featured in local newspapers, art magazines and TV.
Bartell currently lives in Durham, NC. She is represented by Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC.
“I recently told Alan that I wanted a chair in our room that’s mine - not like the chemo chair. When I saw your painting I had found my chair. The girl in it …. is surrounded by the love and protection of the chair. I have admired all of your paintings but this is the one for me.”
Collector commenting on the painting, A chair of My Own
My Thesauras doesn’t have the words to describe her (Lisa Bartell) vision. I only know her expressions make me smile. Look closer at her work and you’ll find gems throughout.”
2014 Honorary Mention, “The Dogs and Their Broad”, Durham Art Guild Members Show
2011 Certificate of Merit, Light, Space & Time on-line gallery
2010 Showcase Award Winner in Painting, “Positive Art that Uplifts the Spirit” Manhattan Arts International. Jurors: Joanie San Chirico and Renee Philips.
2004 Award of Excellence, “Herstory”, Manhattan Arts International. Jurors: Renee’ Philips of the International Association of Art Critics, Cornelia Seckel, publisher of Art Times, Corine Shane, founder and president of InvestinArt NYC, Mellissa Wolf, founder of Women’s Studio Center, NYC
2003 Showcase Award Winner, “The Healing Power of Art”, Manhattan Arts International.
Juror: Renee’ Philips
2017 The Woven Tale Press Arts and Literary Magazine
2016 Artsy Shark Blog, Featured Artist
2011 Artsee Magazine, NC Sightseeing column
2009 The Herald Sun, Durham, “Abstraction Abounds at DAG Members Show”, Blu Greenburg
2009 The Herald Sun Metro, Durham, “An Artists View”
2007 Painting titled, “Sunflowers Resting”, appeared on Good Morning America’s segment, “Bob Woodward Reports, Unsung Heroes: Families of Wounded Soldiers.”
2006 Gallery and Studio Magazine, “Manhattan Arts International: Setting the Standard for Online Galleries”, by Ed McCormack
2006 Art Calendar Magazine, Insider Art, April 2006
2005 The Independent, Chapel Hill, NC, “Taking The Side Street”, by Doug Stuber
2004 Raleigh News & Observer, “What’s Up: Critics Picks on Best Art”, by Michele Natale
At the age of thirty three I began to recover memories which altered my perception of who I am and the family in which I grew up. Since this time, my creative work has been inspired by the development and transformation of identity.
My painting process is like a return to my childhood habit of staring at wood grain and discovering odd faces and figures. Recently, I have combined this process with very basic drawings of a central figure combined with writing about my intention. Each painting begins with roughing in the focal point and brushing light and dark hues in various directions creating nebulous forms. Standing back from the canvas begins the search for lines, shapes and forms that connect with the primary character. Imaginary yet recognizable imagery begins to appear. The painting continually transforms through color and brushstrokes, creating an organic and abstract composition. I create texture by scratching through the surface with toothpicks, palette knives and altering the consistency of paint. Childhood symbols are always a part of each painting: windows, crooked houses, ladders and misshapen geometric patterns. My goal is to create a colorful cast of characters in a performance of their own self identity.
“Lovely whimsical work.” Sandra Tyler, Editor in Chief, The Woven Tale Press Arts and Literary Magazine.
“I discovered the amazing work of Lisa Bartell when she liked one of my posts. …. I constantly looked at her art and this was the one for me. Please look up Lisa on her Face Book page and fall in love.”
Collector commenting on the painting Magic of the Butterfly kiss.