Born in Capetown, South Africa in 1969; Lives and works in London, United Kingdom and Trinidad
I am drawn to the ambiguity that people and places can hold. Sometimes the compositions of my paintings feel like cinematic outtakes: the moments between directed actions, when the figures are 'on their own time,' self-involved, performing only for themselves or one another. — Lisa Brice, 2018
Lisa Brice (b. 1968) is a painter whose influential body of work contests the misogynistic nature of figuration across the history of Western art. Echoing compositions of modernist stalwarts including Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso, Brice subverts her predecessors by imbuing her women figures an historically uncommon sense of agency and self-possession. Many of the artist’s works feature figures in doorways—indeed, it is the liminality of these threshold spaces where Brice examines the dichotomies of interior/exterior, public/private, and artist/model. Brice’s use of vermillion and cobalt across her oeuvre also functions to obscure the bodies she depicts, further discouraging an easily digestible consumption of the female form.
Brice is currently the subject of an eponymous solo exhibition at KM21, The Hague (NL) until May 2021. That same month, a solo exhibition of new work will debut at Charleston in East Sussex (U.K). Past solo exhibitions also include an eponymous exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (U.K.) in 2019; Art Now: Lisa Brice at Tate Britain, London (U.K.) in 2018; and Boundary Girl at Salon 94 Bowery, New York (NY). Recent group exhibitions include A Collection of Wakefield at the Hepworth Wakefield (U.K) in 2020; Look at Me, curated by Duro Olowu, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL) in 2020; and Artists I Steal From, curated by Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London (U.K.).
The artist’s work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.; the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Cape Town (SA); and the National Gallery, Cape Town (SA), among others.