LISA LAWLEY: “ICELAND AND CAMBODIAN LANDSCAPES” Artist Who Coached Ed Harris for “Pollock” Film Brings Paintings to Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA (August 16, 2005) – Lisa Lawley will display a selection of her paintings in “Iceland and Cambodian Landscapes,” a new exhibition at Cedar Crest College. The exhibit will be on display in the Tompkins Gallery, located in the Tompkins College Center, and will open on September 6, 2005. An artist talk and reception will take place on September 14, 2005 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Image info: 'Jan and Mary's Landscape, Iceland,
oil on linen, 22"x26" 2004

For two months every year, Lawley travels into the landscape of worldwide locations to draw. “This work becomes the basis for the work I do in the studio,” says Lawley. “The drawings from recent trips to Iceland and Cambodia gave rise to the two series of paintings in this show.”

The Iceland paintings involved hiking for several weeks into the remote volcanic landscape in central Iceland to draw from lava rock formations found there. The Cambodian Boat paintings are from a single day of drawing on the Tonle Sap Lake. “I was enthralled by the shape of the small wooden boats that resembled the heads of cormorants,” says Lawley. “Later I became aware that these boats belonged to the refugees from the Vietnam War.”

Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Recently Lawley served as the painting coach to Ed Harris in the Oscar-winning film “Pollock” about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. She also created the early Pollock works that were used in the film.

Lawley has extensive teaching experience and is currently teaching art at Cooper Union in New York City where she received her bachelor of fine arts in 1976. She was awarded a master of fine arts from Yale University in 1982.

The exhibit will run from September 6, 2005 through October 9, 2005 and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Vicki DaSilva, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.





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