Mystery Mystical, acrylic/vinyl/graphite/oil and plaster on wood over painted wood panel, 15″ x 16″ x 3″
Elephant in the Room, acrylic/vinyl/graphite/oil and plaster on wood over painted wood panel, 24″ x 15.5″ x 3″
Lisa Kellner’s paintings and sculptural constructions have been exhibited throughout the United States at exhibiting institutions including the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), the Brooklyn Arts Council (NY), the Weatherspoon Museum (NC), the Islip Art Museum, Washington Project for the Arts and the Muscarelle Museum of Art (VA), among others. She has created site-responsive Paintings in Space for the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (ME), Lehman College Art Gallery (NY) and the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory (VA). In addition, Kellner has worked with galleries such as Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (LA). Kellner’s work has been reviewed and mentioned in publications including The New York Times , The Boston Globe and Sculpture Magazine.
Kellner was awarded the New Media Invitational from the Target Gallery, DC in 2016. She was also a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist semi-finalist. In 2017, her paintings on stretched silk were included in the group exhibition: Materiality: The Matter of Matter at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (ME), curated by Bethany Engstrom. Kellner’s solo exhibition in Cambridge, MA, Surface Consumption, included paintings, wall sculptures and a site responsive Painting in Space. Her recent solo exhibition, I Dream in Layers, was held during the pandemic crisis of 2020 and included a virtual experience.Also during the pandemic, Kellner participated in several group exhibitions and organized a curated exhibition, What Matters Most, of thirty artists with artist/curator Huguette Despault May. In 2022, Kellner will have three solo exhibitions of recent work held in Bridgewater, MA, Worcester, MA and Portland ME.
Kellner has lived in several countries and traveled to many different continents. As a child, she spoke French before she learned English and came to the US with an Australian accent. Her earliest memories are of the lush green mountains on the island of Jamaica. From these travel experiences, Kellner discovered her fascination with putting together incongruous objects, images and ways of making. The notion of place and how it informs identity and perspective is an important early construct that Kellner continues to explore in her work. Lisa currently resides on a small island off the coast of Maine, surrounded by woods, sea and always working in the studio.