Lisa Grennell

Was born in Timaru, New Zealand in 1973
Graduated Bachelor of Visual Arts & Design, 2010 in Nelson, NZ
Lisa moved back to her home country from Australia 17 years ago to raise her 3 children.
Now living on the South Island in rural Glenhope, Lisa’s studio sits high on a hill surrounded by pasture and native forest. She has chosen a more simplistic lifestyle with solar and wind turbine for power and natural streams and rain for water, Lisa feels her art is stripped to a more simplistic aesthetic. “I am at the mercy of nature.”

With her own personal journey raising children as inspiration, she draws from nostalgic moments in an attempt to alleviate the solace of ‘the empty nest’. Lisa uses imagery of children with flowers, animals and insects questioning young people’s view of the world, seeing a disconnection from nature with modern technology.
“I often wonder what the future holds for following generations. I question whether my grandchildren will ever experience the majestic beauty of nature or will it be an app on the latest iPhone.”
Lisa emphasizes this with her use of large white vacant space, creating a cavity to which her subjects float, this is the artist’s expression of the uncertainty of our future; it cannot be foreseen.
She also likes to involve the viewer into the work via the reflective surface.  By looking/reading the gaze is returned, the spectator becomes the narrative and in turn, part of the problem and solution.

Achievements:
2018 Selected, The Hong Kong Artshow, Hong Kong.
2018 Invited, Top Ten Artist at The Christchurch Artshow, Christchurch, New Zealand.
2015 Selected, Launch of the NZ Artshow, Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand.
2014 Selected, Launch of the NZ Artshow, Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand.
2013 & 2014 Sponsor of the Impressions Art Awards, Nelson, New Zealand
2013 Finalist, The Guilded Edge Paramount Award, Art Expo Nelson, New Zealand.
2013 Selected, Peter Doig Art Awards, Marlborough, New Zealand.
2012 Winner of Judges Merit Award, Impressions Art Awards, Nelson, New Zealand.
2012 Selected, Peter Doig Art Awards, Marlborough, New Zealand.
2011 Selected, Impressions Art Awards, Nelson, New Zealand.
2011 Selected, Peter Doig Art Awards, Marlborough, New Zealand.
2010 Runner-up, Impressions Art Awards, (themed section), New Zealand.
2009 & 2010 Bonded Merit Scholarship, Studylink, New Zealand.
2009 Winner of the Painting Section, Nouveau Visual Arts and Design Awards, Nelson, New Zealand.
2008 Supreme Award Winner, Nouveau Visual Arts and Design Awards, Nelson, New Zealand.

Dealer Galleries:
Nelson City Framers & Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
Magma Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Soul Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
Kanuka Design, Raglan, New Zealand
Little River Gallery, Little River, New Zealand
Quirky Fox Gallery, Hawera, New Zealand
Bread & Butter Gallery, Whitianga, New Zealand
2013 – Present, Artist behind the Project Butterfly and Child Cancer Foundation workshops.