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Lisa Congdon Art @ Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco

Gallery Hijinks Artist: Lisa Congdon

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“I am interested in contrasting opposing forces in my work: clean and modern with old and aged, man-made with organic, bright color with grey and brown tones, and flat and graphic elements with textured elements. I attempt to create beautiful scenes and visual arrangements out of seemingly contradictory elements. My work for Hijinks pushes the interplay between organic texture (in this case animal hair) and bright colors and graphic shapes that do not occur in nature.”

San Francisco illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon  was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed most intensely through her paintings and drawings. Lisa comes from a family of creative people and has been making things with her hands since she was a little girl, but she did not begin painting until she was 33 years old. Nine years later, it is the most significant part of her life and livelihood. Lisa is entirely self-taught. When she is not painting and drawing, she likes to collect old and unusual things, play with her chihuahua Wilfredo and spend time in the great outdoors with her partner, Clay Lauren.
My latest body of work, Boreas (named for the god of the north wind and winter), evolved out of an obsession with the beauty of the Icelandic landscape. This began after I watched Heima, a documentary on the Icelandic pop group Sigur Rós. The documentary follows the band as they tour through their own homeland, holding impromptu concerts across their countryside. The film documents the stunning raw beauty of Iceland, its rock formations, mountains and valleys. My interest in countries with proximity to the arctic grew. I began researching, painting and drawing the people, landscapes, animals and folk art of other Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway and Sweden, along with iceberg formations in the Arctic Ocean. For years I'd been captivated by the more recent mid-century design from Nordic countries which is a heavy influence in my illustration work. I found myself newly immersed in older traditions and cultures, like the Sami, an arctic indigenous people who have inhabited northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia since prehistoric times. My discovery of the Sami led me to the exquisite folk-patterned textile work of the Scandinavian and Eastern European countries, and I began reinterpreting these patterns in much of my paintings and drawings. My works are not intended to be realistic snapshots of any period of time, natural setting or people. Instead, I have drawn from a rich array of Nordic landscapes and cultures to create narrative works that cause the viewer to question time and place.
Hijinks Shows Featuring Lisa Congdon:
  • Boreas - July 2nd - July 30th, 2011

Lisa Congdon Images:

Lisa Congdon - Sunrise - Gouache & acrylic on wood panel - 28" x 28"x 3"
Lisa Congdon
Sunrise
Gouache & acrylic on wood panel
28" x 28"x 3"
Lisa Congdon
Sól
Gouache & acrylic on wood panel
36" x 31 x 4"
Lisa Congdon - Reindeer - Gouache & acrylic on masonite panel - 24" x 18" x 2.25"
Lisa Congdon
Reindeer
Gouache & acrylic on masonite panel
24" x 18" x 2.25"
Lisa Congdon - Polar Bear - Gouache & acrylic on wood panel - 24" x 24" x 1.75"
Lisa Congdon
Polar Bear
Gouache & acrylic on wood panel
24" x 24" x 1.75"
Lisa Congdon - Arctic Fox - Gouache & acrylic on wood panel - 24" x 30" x 2"
Lisa Congdon
Arctic Fox
Gouache & acrylic on wood panel
24" x 30" x 2"
Lisa Congdon - Iceberg - Gouache & acrylic on wood panel - 18" x 18" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Iceberg
Gouache & acrylic on wood panel
18" x 18" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Antarctic Camper - Gouache & acrylic on wood panel - 19" x 19" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Antarctic Camper
Gouache & acrylic on wood panel
19" x 19" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Snowy Owl - Graphite, gouache, paper & vintage ephemera in shadowbox - 11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Snowy Owl
Graphite, gouache, paper & vintage ephemera in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Sámi Man
Graphite, gouache, paper, vintage ephemera & fake fur in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Kvinne - Paper, vintage ephemera & gouache in shadowbox - 11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Kvinne
Paper, vintage ephemera & gouache in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Stjerner - Paper, vintage ephemera & graphite in shadowbox - 11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Stjerner
Paper, vintage ephemera & graphite in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Arctic Hare - Graphite, gouache & fake fur in shadowbox - 11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Arctic Hare
Graphite, gouache & fake fur in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Fjäll
Paper & vintage ephemera in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Star #1 - Graphite, gouache & vintage ephemera in shadowbox - 11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Star #1
Graphite, gouache & vintage ephemera in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon - Star #2 -  Paper & vintage ephemera in shadowbox - 11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Star #2
Paper & vintage ephemera in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon
Sámi Woman
Graphite, gouache, paper & vintage ephemera in shadowbox
11" x 14" x 2.5"
Lisa Congdon

Graphite, gouache & tape in hard cover moleskine accordion book (shelf included)
7' 4" x 5.5" as installed
Lisa Congdon  - It's Complicated - pencil & gouache on vintage paper - 8" x 10"
Lisa Congdon
It's Complicated
pencil & gouache on vintage paper
8" x 10"
Lisa Congdon  - It's Simple - pencil & gouache on vintage paper  - 8" x 10"
Lisa Congdon
It's Simple
pencil & gouache on vintage paper
8" x 10"
Lisa Congdon  - Standing Guard - pencil & gouache on vintage paper  - 11" x 14"
Lisa Congdon
Standing Guard
pencil & gouache on vintage paper
11" x 14"

Blog Posts Featuring Lisa Congdon

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