assembly of me
July 30 – September 13, 2020
Presented by Caitlin Berry Fine Art
new figurative works by lisa noble
For this exhibition, I define "assembly" as a group of people gathered together for a common purpose. Through fifteen doll-like self-portraits, I explore my relationship to memories of formative childhood events, marked by feelings of tension, discomfort, development and hope.
Assembly of Me marks a return to figuration, in which I align modes of previous exploration; fashion illustration, domestic interiors, the female figure and archetypes. The mise-en-scène and sartorial choices of my subjects are vital to the figure’s identity—every object a conduit for play between the artist and a fictitious version of myself. Each painting is as a stylized self-portrait and an homage to the women who shaped my life.
Virtual gallery rendering courtesy of Montgomery + Townsend Architecture and Design
concurrent group show
in these strange times
July 10 – August 29, 2020
Curated by Caitlin Berry and Hascy Cross
As we begin to emerge from these times of quarantine, our appreciation for the familiar interior settings of our own homes has deepened. Caitlin Berry and Hascy Cross have teamed up to curate a virtual exhibition around these themes, tapping both living artists and works by historic artists including Holly Coulis, Emily Herberich, David Hockney, Mario Moore, Lisa Armstrong Noble, Matthew Pillsbury, Caitlin Teal Price, Polly Shindler, and Anna Valdez. The work in this exhibition explores the uncanny, familiar locations in the strangest circumstances, home interiors and once-empty streets through the media of painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.
Pictured: Amma's Kitchen, oil on canvas, 36x48in.
formal representation by cbfa
I am pleased to announce that I have secured formal representation with Caitlin Berry Fine Art, a full-service art advisory firm and curatorial voice based in the Washington, D.C. area.
about caitlin Berry Fine Art
CBFA specializes in Post-War American, Washington Color School and Contemporary Art, and curates exhibitions for galleries and arts organizations. Founder Caitlin Berry brings over a decade of experience in the New York and D.C. fine art markets working for galleries, private dealers and art consultants.
Caitlin Berry Fine Art believes that collecting art can be personally and culturally transformative. Engaging with art through visits to artists’ studios, galleries, museums and art fairs can enrich one’s understanding of the world in which they live.
Pictured: Morning Spread, a.k.a.Coffee Banana, oil on panel, 8 x 8in.
a miniscape for the medusa project
I am pleased to share that I was recently interviewed by Angela Cappetta, NYC wedding photographer and founder of The Medusa Project, an arts non profit whose mission is to bring arts and arts programming to farming families in rural New York.
The Medusa Project is a fully artist-run non profit whose focus is to bring art and arts awareness to farming families in rural New York. They are currently raising funds to purchase an historic building in Medusa, New York which will serve as a public art space for their programming.
To support their fundraising shop, I am honored to have donated ‘Homestead’, a miniscape that reflects specifically upon the branch of my family tree who were farmers. I can vividly recall spending my days running through the summer fields and at suppertime listening to my relatives talk about their day and the challenges of rural life. All of that is gone now. They, the homestead, the tractors, the barn cats … but that feeling of being part of something that is hard wired into the land has never left me. As always I am grateful to have my art to connect me to my past.
Pictured: Homestead, Miniscape, oil on board, 2 x 2in.
2019 national juried exhibition
First Street Gallery, New York, NY
Curated by Nancy Margolis
June 20 – July 13
First Street Gallery is an artist-run nonprofit contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea, steps from the High Line. They first opened their doors in 1969 with the mission of bringing art and community together.
The annual National Juried Exhibition provides non-member emerging, mid-career, and established talent with exposure to the New York City art community. In presenting their work, artists are afforded an opportunity to receive critical review and foster public understanding and appreciation of art.
Pictured: Installation View, second from left: Still Life in Summer, oil on canvas, 24 x 24in.
MEMORIES OF HOME
November, 2018 – January, 2019
Art Galleries at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center
'Memories of Home' included a selection of 11 paintings from various stages of the series—from when the first marks were put down while I was still wobbly in the knees, to the major turning point that occurred with the sudden loss of my father in May 2017. These scenes represent my efforts to visually map out the context of my early development.
Pictured: Installation View of 'Memories of Home'
A VISIT WITH BONNARD'S WORKS ON PAPER
My first job after graduating from art school was at a gallery. That experience was fundamental in my development as an artist because I learned the business side of art. A rare view for many of us. However, the most important aspect of my time there was the relationship I could have with the artworks and the artists who made them. On a daily basis I enjoyed a one-on-one dialogue with art that I cannot replicate in as close a context. I lost that when I left the gallery until a recent and rare occasion.
In February I was able to spend some time at the National Gallery to view works on paper by Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947). Bonnard’s work is the primary reason why I found my path to becoming a painter.
Pictured: Lisa Noble visits the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to view works on paper by Pierre Bonnard. 2018.
MANDALA FOR AFTER DREAMING
I was honored to be invited by fellow artist David Mordini to participate in the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts ALCHEMICAL VESSELS annual benefit and exhibition.
Every purchase of a benefit ticket supports Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and their mission to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes to those affected by cancer.
The show's theme was: OUR COMMON THREAD. Artists were asked to create a unique piece of art from a simple circular birch panel, responding to the artist’s personal, transformational, creative journey through the universal truths of pain, joy, healing, and living. Artists were also asked to write a poem for their artwork:
Without loss there would be no healing.
We share this equal, inseparable, inevitable reality.
This unity of opposites complements, it does not conflict.
After dreaming we all wake to the other side of everything.
Pictured Recto Verso: Mandala for After Dreaming, 2018, mixed media and found objects, 14.25”h x 14”w x 6.5"d; Private collection.
WORKING WITH THE LEMON COLLECTIVE
The Lemon Collective is a workshop space in Washington D.C. where the city’s creative and curious gather to teach and learn new skills. Founded by hardcore crafters Holley Simmons, Kathryn Zaremba, and Linny Giffin along with partner Lily Cox, The Lemon Collective plays host to a variety of weekly workshops and events led by artists, entrepreneurs, and activists.
Having recently updated their space, The Lemon Collective in partnership with Monochrome Collective invited me to install a number of my paintings and works on paper. Potomac Lifestyle Magazine featured the founders and the space in their March 2018 issue. I feel very lucky to have been able to support their wonderful vision with my art.
Pictured: Installation view at The Lemon Collective, Washington, D.C., 2018. Photo by Kate Warren.