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Lisa Hickey

Artist Statement:  Forging out a moment of reprieve in a hectic world by taking a deep breath and looking up to the sky. That’s the experience I try to recreate with my paintings. Treading a wobbly line somewhere between abstraction and realism, my work taps into the familiarity, comfort and beauty of the natural world, whilst nudging at the edginess of abstraction. The paintings hint at images of sky, leaves, and branches, however blurred shapes, vibrant colours and complex layering take them beyond the representational.

I work in oil for the rich, velvety, seductive quality of the paint. I appreciate how natural the process is, as the paint I use is crafted locally, and composed simply of walnut or linseed oil and pure pigment. I work with vibrant hues to evoke visceral feelings from the viewer and to encourage a sort of pause; a moment of reprieve, like taking a deep breath, and looking up to the sky.

Biography:  Lisa is an enthusiastic and nature-loving artist whose paintings hang in private and corporate collections across Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. When she is not in the woods, she regularly shows in galleries, exhibitions, and many other community spaces. Lisa also frequently exhibits with SolidColour Collective, and ColourShift Collective, both Toronto-based groups of abstractionists.

Lisa has a B.A. in Fine Art from McMaster University in Hamilton, and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia. Lisa has received numerous awards and honours, including two Women’s Art Association scholarships for her bachelor’s degree, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada award for her master’s studies. She is a graduate of the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario’s “Business of Art” course, and belongs to the Artist Network of Riverdale.

Active in her community, Lisa creates art with folks living with dementia and Alzheimer’s at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy. Lisa also works as an art educator and has led several school-based artists residencies and facilitated numerous workshops at the elementary, high school, and corporate level.

Passionate about art, colour and painting, and equally as passionate about nature, Lisa works to fuse these great loves into works of art that can speak to anyone.

For more on Lisa and her wonderful work you can check out her website.