Lisa Zukowski works both two dimensionally and sculpturally in multiple media. She balances her studio time by teaching Gelatin Printmaking workshops and conducting an annual art holiday in Tuscany, Italy.
Zukowski received her degree in painting and printmaking from Brooklyn College, where she served as printer for the Brooklyn College Press. She is a recipient of several awards from local arts organizations, including Orange County Art Federation Artist of the Year in 2006. Lisa’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, and is in several private collections.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Zukowski currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley of New York.
I guess you could say I am a bit obsessive – with a short attention span.
I choose my subject by realizing what it is that I am most focusing on at that moment – something catches my attention, or I notice a pattern, and that becomes the theme.
I find there is beauty in age; the passage of time, the decay and the layers accumulated over the years. I am drawn to patterns: visual patterns, thought patterns, geometry.For me, patterns and wear speak volumes about events, people and place. They tell stories and hold history. My choices are also influenced by where I am at the time, sometimes physically, often emotionally.
I carry my point and shoot camera with me at all times – it is my sketchbook. As I go through the world, I take pictures of what I see around me. Whatever it is that catches my eye. The photos are my references, but I don’t try to recreate the images I see: I use them as inspiration.
Themes and imagery reoccur and overlap. Sometimes a shape or a color will fascinate me for years, disappear for a time, only to reappear in a new series. I want to be a minimalist, but the work is full of texture and pattern. I work with one theme for a time, until the next thing captures my attention.
It’s the same for my choice of media. I will be seduced by paint, by wax, by paper, anything really, and for a time it becomes my primary medium. But that only lasts for a time, and then is replaced by the next new love. I don’t abandon the old loves – I just pay more attention to the new one. It is transitory and cyclical. I often return to old loves for a time, but it doesn’t last, and then it is on to the next.
One and Two Person Exhibitions
|Transformations, Look Art Gallery at Ramiro’s 954, Mahopac, NY
Migrations,Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, NY
Deep Blue, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY
Clootie, Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, NY
Beneath the Surface, Gallery Warwick, Warwick, NY
Beneath the Surface, Good Question Gallery, Milford, PA
Lisa Zukowski and Julie Tooth, Insight Gallery, Cold Spring, NY
Lisa Zukowski and Michael Gaydos, Gallery Warwick, Warwick, NY
bau 56: Lisa Zukowski, Beacon Artist Union, Beacon NY
Littoral Translations and Multiplicities, Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, NY
Recent Works, Executive Suite Gallery, Goshen, NY
Aggregates, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Newburgh, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes, Goloborotko’s Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Eyes on Printmaking, Goloborotko’s Studio, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED Group Exhibitions
|Panta Rhei, Stadwerks, Witten, Germany
Il était une fois, le printemps arabe (Once upon a time … the Arab Spring),
Abstract Visions, Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY
New York meets Berlin, Kunstleben Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Art from the Heart, LOOK | ART Gallery, Mahopac, NY
Bau @ Amos Eno Gallery, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
RMAA Winners Circle, Ringwood Manor Barn Gallery, Ringwood, NJ
Bau in Chelsea, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY
Bits and Pieces, Bid Gallery 342, New Rochelle, NY
The Art of Numbers, Good Question Gallery, Milford, PA
Collage Logic, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
Visual Memoirs, James Douglas Gallery, Montgomery, NY
Vineyards, Valleys, and Views, The Gallery at Whitecliff Vineyard, Gardiner, NY
Artists Choice, The Captain David Crawford House Museum, Newburgh, NY
Vineyards and Valleys, The Art Barn, Marlboro, NY
Small Works, Bertoni Gallery, Sugar Loaf, NY
Trees in Art, The Gallery at Port of Call, Warwick, NY
International Women’s Artist Conference, Barnard College, New York, NY
Women Artists of the Hudson Valley, Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall, NY
Summer Smalls, Casa del Arte, Highland, NY
Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary in the Hands of an Artist, Pine Bush Arts Council, Pine Bush, NY
I Love the Hudson Valley, Star Gallery, Middletown, NY
Postcard – A Very Small Works Show, Core Gallery, New Paltz, NY
Crossings III, Printed Matters, New York, NY
Works On Paper, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York
|Crossings III, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist CoalitionInterview with the Artist, Pulse Magazine, 2006|
|Best of Show, Ringwood Manor Association Of ArtsArtist of the Year 2006, Orange County Arts FederationHudson Valley Materials Exchange, New Windsor, NYPeter Rahill Memorial Award, Orange County Art Federation, Sugar Loaf, NYThe Country Chevrolet Award, The Warwick Art League, Warwick, NYCharles G. Shaw Memorial Award
Selected Teaching, Demonstration and Workshop Experience
|Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Maperath Arts Center, Kells, IrelandMixed Media Workshop, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, NYGelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, NY Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, NYCigar Box Assemblage Workshop, Warwick Art League, Warwick, NYGelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes, Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY
Intro to Bookmaking, Gelatin Plate Monotypes, Collage, 21st Century Program, Newburgh City School District, Newburgh, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Tuscan Art Holiday, Italy
Gelatin Plate Monotypes, Collage, Printing from Nature, The Arts Alliance, Cornwall, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Camp Monroe, Monroe, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, The Art Barn, Marlboro, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes, Northern Lights Academy, Warwick, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshop, Warwick Art League, Warwick, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes Demonstration, Warwick Art League, Warwick, NY
Eyes and Hands on Printmaking Workshop, Goloborotko’s Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Gelatin Plate Monotypes Workshops and Classes, Green Darner Studio, Warwick, NY
|BFA Painting/Printmaking, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New YorkWomen’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY|