Lot 269 - Lisa Golightly - Lake Swim (Study)
Acrylic on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Lisa Golightly’s artistic career began with photography. Her father was a painter, and though she grew up exposed to his practice, she discovered her appreciation for photography at an early age. However, while working on her Fine Art Photography and Photojournalism BFA, she found her way back to painting, developing an artistic practice which marries a deep technical and theoretical understanding of photography with painting. “As straightforward as it may sound, I have fallen in love with the brush, the color, the intimate experience of painting and creating my own world.”
Today, Lisa's artistic practice still begins with photography. She first scours the internet and estate sales for bundles of anonymous old photography and film. Then, she reframes, rebuilds and reimagines existing subjects of these forgotten photos in the terms of her own memory. She exaggerates light and color in a way that recalls old film photography, painting in pastel, washed out palettes that mimic overexposed film. Working with acrylic, and painting in a distinct painterly style, she references impressionism, pointillism, as well as the oeuvre of Fairfield Porter and Lois Dodd to create paintings that are both anonymous and inherently personal in nature.
Lisa's work straddles the line between the familiar and the anonymous, creating an uncanny gray area in which we can all find some part of ourselves, our history or our memory. Lisa further explores the relations between memory, physical distance and the passage of time in this body of work. These paintings are more an exploration of memory than a visual reproduction of film photography. They are a bricolage of truth, interpretation and memory that capture the act of suspending time and the innate flaws in doing so. These works also explore the sense of collective memory, and the universal nature of human experience.
Lisa comments that when procuring old photographs, “Strangely, a lot of times it’s like ‘Oh that could have been my family.’ It’s fascinating how a lot of images are something we all have, certain things, times or places that we all document similarly.”
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Lisa Golightly studied at the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art Photography and Photojournalism in 1996. Solo exhibitions include Marking Time, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2020), Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA (2020), Recent paintings, Clove and Creek, Kingston, New York (2018), If Only For A Little While, Good Eye Gallery, Los Angeles CA (2016), and more. Her work has been reviewed in Paper Magazine, Luxe Interior and Designs, The Huffington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She has participated in art fairs including the Venice Art Walk in Venice Beach, California. Her art was selected for a promotional campaign in London, England in celebration of International Women’s Day. She was also chosen to produce an album cover and interior art for musician Alec Lytle. Lisa lives and works in Portland, Oregon, where she spends her days in the old carriage garage-turned-studio in the back yard of her 100-year-old home.
1998 BFA in Studio Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2023 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
2022 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2021 Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2020 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
2019 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Thoughts on Summer, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022: “5”, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA
Wilderness, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
The Cityscape Show, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Two Person Exhibition, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT
Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle
Billis Williams, Los Angeles
George Billis Gallery, NYC/CT
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole WY
Julie Nester Gallery, Park City UT
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I often do detail studies for larger paintings. These little postcards are small portions of larger paintings I am working on.
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