Lush Life presented several of Ms. Brody’s most recent oil on canvas landscapes that capture the play of light on verdant fields or luxuriant and leafy flora. Following in the great tradition of paintings inspired by natural beauty, she works outdoors with an easel and oils making small panels. She then enlarges these studies in her studio on tall and narrow canvas panels, applying layer upon layer of paint. “I begin my work intuitively, open to change, accident and transformation,” said Lisa Brody. “My paintings evolve slowly. Just as the weather can change, my painting process is sensitive to the subtle permutations of the atmosphere. ”
Also featured will be a selection of her unique artist books that depict celebrated gardens in and around New York City (Central Park, The New York Botanical Garden) and Litchfield County (Peter May, Michael Trapp, Hollister House, Oscar de la Renta). Rendered in watercolor and ink on a long contiguous sheet of paper, each “garden walk” is folded up into a Japanese-style accordion book. “The books record how my perspective shifts or is affected while meandering through a garden following the fleeting light,” said the artist. “I’ve captured where my eye was drawn, from plantings to hardscapes to water features, to create a panoramic story that can be folded and unfolded again and again.”
Lisa Brody studied art at the University of Pennsylvania, (B.F.A andB.A. Fine Arts and Architecture) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Her awards and recent residencies include Painting’s Edge Residency in California, Cooper Union Residency in Painting in New York City, and Vermont Studio Center Residency. With an exhibition career spanning more than two decades, Ms. Brody has art work in many private and corporate collections including IBM, Campbell’s, Equitable, Kaiser Permanente, HBO, Merck, Citibank, Banker’s Trust, The Hartford, Sumitono, and PepsiCo. The artist lives and works in South Kent, Connecticut.