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Lisa Esherick

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I am a figurative painter with abstract leanings. I choose my subjects from my surroundings and experiences. Underlying the subject matter, I am interested in the elemental concepts of painting itself — space and light achieved through color and form. My work has taken me through several different subject areas, requiring changes of approach, pace, medium, and scale or format. Throughout there is a common thread. I am interested in the expressive nature of painting. I want to convey the emotional presence that I find in the still world of objects. I want to feel the space between things and hear the silence. I want to explore shadowy things — things hidden from view, what cannot quite be identified, things unknown that yet have great power in our lives. In working with the figure itself, I want to create a range of possibilities for expressive interaction that speaks of the human condition in our contemporary world. Painting is my way of articulating intangible feelings about ways of relating to the world.

Lisa Esherick


1990 - 1993 San Francisco State University M.F.A., Painting, 1993
1968 - 1970 San Francisco State University B.A., Psychology, 1970
1959-1963 San Francisco Art Institute.Studied under Richard Diebenkorn, Jack Jefferson, Frank Lobdell, Manuel Neri and James Weeks.
1959 - 1960 University of California, Berkeley


2008 George Krevsky Gallery, Casino Paintings, San Francisco
The Pyramid Center, 505 Sansome, Other Places, San Francisco
2007 Shorenstein—50 California Street, Paintings: Lisa Esherick, San Francisco
2006-2007Fresno Art Museum, Lisa Esherick: Paintings, Fresno, CA
2005 Monterey Bay Aquarium, People Looking at Fish Looking at People Looking, Pacific Grove, CA
2002 The Bonnafont Gallery, Paintings and Works on Paper, San Francisco,
2002 Fort Mason Coffee Gallery, Drawings & Paintings, San Francisco
1999 Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Traveling, recent paintings, Carmel, CA
1997 Pro Arts 1997 East Bay Open Studios, Open Studio, Berkeley
1997 Fig Garden Gallery, Paintings & Prints of Puppets/Masks, SanAnselmo, CA
1997 Frants Albert Associates, The Urban Landscape, Oakland
1996 University YWCA, Paintings and Prints of Puppets/Masks, Berkeley
1992 - 1993 Amerika Haus Stuttgart, Germany
1992 Zentrum fur interdisziplinare Forshchung (ZiF), Universitat Bielefeld, The Urban/Industrial Landscape, Germany
1991 Renzo, The Figure, San Francisco
1991 The Branson School Gallery, Mask and Puppet Imagery, Ross, CA
1990 The American Institute of Architects Gallery, The Urban Landscape, Oakland
1979 Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco


1997 San Mateo County Times, "Four friends unite in art at the Wiegand.
1997 Artweek, "'Staying the Course' at the Wiegand Gallery," Alicia Miller
1996 San Francisco Examiner Magazine, "A Winchester Garden,"
1993 Los Angeles Times, "Body Language, 'Figure It Out' offers several ways of looking at the human form."M.H. Berg.
1993 Image, San Francisco Examiner, Images, "State of the Arts," Z. Sardar,
1992 Stuttgarter Zeitung Nr. 280, Feuilleton, "Automobile Apokalypsen." 1979 San Francisco Chronicle, "Rainbow Butter Frosting on a Mud Pie -
At the Galleries," T. Albright.
1978 The Sacramento Bee - Scene, An Art View, "The Muse Takes a Post-Holiday Nap," C. Johnson.
The Sacramento Union - Fine Arts, "It's a 3-for-1 attraction," R. Simon.
1977 The Oakland Tribune, "Three Solutions to the Same Painterly Problems."


1999 Tryon Center for Visual Arts, Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, Charlotte, NC
1991 Mendocino Arts Center,Juror:Philip Linhares.
1988 Northern California Arts, Second Prize.Juror:Kristina Branch.
1982 Briarcombe Foundation, Artist-In-Residence Fellowship, Bolinas


1995-2003 Wiegand Gallery, Board of Directors, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA.
1989 - 1984 ACCI Gallery, Berkeley.
1988 Pro-Arts, Open Studios Committee, Oakland.
1978 - 1985 San Francisco Art Institute Alumni Association, Exhibitions Committee
1977 - 1985 Amargi Studios, Inc., Artist's Co-op, San Francisco.
1983 - 1984 Briarcombe Foundation, Selection Committee (Visual Arts), Bolinas, CA.

Recent Exhibits

Lisa Esherick participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 Beauty Fierce as Stars, Groundbreaking Women of the 1950s and Beyond
Mythos Fine Art & Artifact at Firehouse North Gallery
Jan, 2014 Lisa Esherick : Looking Around
455 Market Lobby Gallery
Dec, 2011 A Selection of Very Fine Pictures
George Krevsky Gallery
Oct, 2008 Casino Paintings
George Krevsky Gallery
Jun, 2008 In Transit
George Krevsky Gallery
Mar, 2008 Ten Artists: Ten Points of View
George Krevsky Gallery
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