The art of Lisa Kesler is an unending experiment in materials, technique,
bold color and the imagination. It is this act of experimentation that
inspires her as an artist. Encouraged by Slaymaker Fine Art Ltd., this
established and successful painter of a number of years, began integrating
printmaking and collage into her more recent body of work.
The rural landscape in central Illinois, where she grew up, is reflected
in much of her work. Her first oil paintings as a high school student
were realistic "snapshots" of rural architecture that earned
her several awards in the National Scholastic Art Competition. While
studying fine arts at the University of Illinois, she began combining
abstract, flat compositions with realistic images in a comment on the
flatness of the fields around her.
Her recent work pays tribute to both the Cubists and the patterns
she finds in rural imagery. She is intrigued by the possibilities of
repetition and attributes her attraction to patchwork in the quilts
and farmland of her childhood. In her mixed media works on paper, Kesler
stylizes forms into simpler geometric shapes and juxtaposes bold colors
to create fanciful compositions.
Slaymaker Fine Art Ltd. has been introducing Lisa Kesler to private
and corporate collectors around the world for over ten years.