" I want my paintings to stir in viewers a feeling of soaring and floating as though they were suspended and relieved of gravity. It’s a quality of the natural and the spiritual in harmony – graceful, free, and joyful. ”
Lisa Mee grew up in Harrington Park, a small suburban New Jersey town north of New York City. Her Korean-born mother, an architect, and her Irish-American father, a former ballet student and actor turned chiropractor were both passionate about art and collecting. They cultivated her art appreciation by frequently taking her to museums, art fairs and galleries from the time she was a small child. These early outings fostered in her a profound wonder of the mysterious creation of art, spanning the centuries from various cultures world-wide.
Throughout her schooling, she devoted time to her own artistic creations. She learned the basics of drawing, painting and printmaking from her early education into college. At Fordham University, she decided to pursue a degree in political science. Shortly after entering the university, she met her husband-to-be, the artist, Wayne Ensrud, who is the protégée of the Austrian artist, Oskar Kokoschka, a student of Gustav Klimt. She worked and continues to work with him as his Studio Director, a position she has held for the past 20 years. Ensrud’s 21 year tutelage under the great Kokoschka instilled in him the artist’s responsibility to express compassion and joy in art which is the artist’s true function and a real service to humanity. This challenge of creating vital heartfelt artwork touching the viewer’s spirit with honest emotion is the motivating source of her creative spirit.
Upon discovering her student artworks, Ensrud encouraged Lisa Mee to seriously dedicate herself to her own artwork. His work projects often took them abroad to Europe where he encouraged her ‘plein-air’ drawing and painting techniques. Adding to her repertoire 'collage' enhanced the textural surfaces and rich colors of her artworks by opening up new creative possibilities.
Her latest collage paintings integrate dimensional metallic paints, papers, fabrics and metals by careful sorting, cutting and assembling. Inspired by stained glass, mosaics and Tiffany creations, she creates a luminous appearance of light and depth.
Her unique mixed media approach has caught the eyes of important art collectors in New York City as well as Europe where her works are found in numerous corporate and private collections.
International Art Museum of America, San Francisco CA, March 2020
Group exhibition, The Breakers, West Palm Beach FL. May 2019
Featured art at Ceres Gallery NYC, March 2018 - 'Don't Shut Up' -
Represented by the Marmont Hill Group September 2016
Represented by Out of the Blue Licensing November 2015
Hudson Valley Finds Gallery, Rhinebeck NY, September 2015
Represented on Amazon.com's Fine Art Department April 2015
TransFORM Gallery, New York City NY (July-September 2014)
Indiewalls Art Installation, The Refinery, New York NY (March-May 2014)
April 2013 – Earth Day workshop for children about mixed media collage painting techniques at TransFORM Gallery in New Rochelle NY.
**Click on the link to view the online ‘Patch’ article & video: http://newrochelle.patch.com/articles/new-rochelle-art-gallery-provides-earth-day-workshops-for-kids?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001#video-14071530
Angelique NYC curated by Indiewalls ( May 2013)
TransFORM Gallery, New Rochelle NY (March 2013)
Art in New York City - featured artist (January 2013) (http://www.artinnewyorkcity.com/2013/01/03/artist-profile-lisa-mee/)
Kipton Art – New York City March 2012
Art@60 – New York City February 2012
Custom Creations – New York City January 2012
DesignLawn Showcase – New York City October 2011
Great Neck Arts Center – New York October 2011
Art Gotham Gallery – New York City (‘Square Foot Show’) June 2011
CurateNYC April 2011
High Line Open Studios – New York City March 2011
Kashan Gallery, Nyack NY June 2011
JH Brown Fine Art – Vermont May 2010
Louis Aronow Gallery – San Francisco November 2008
Ovation TV- featured artist (‘Art or Not’ program) December 2007