Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015

About

Lisa Brice’s new body of work features a cast of female protagonists, engaged/absorbed in autobiographical acts of looking, and being looked at. Grooming, making up, stripping down, dressing up within the confines of domestic, private or veiled interiors, they are involved in self scrutiny, awareness, consciousness, affirmation, adoration, promotion, loathing, deprecation, defence, defiance, protection, reinvention, presentation. The mirror reflection reoccurs as a central property, simultaneously functioning as an alter ego and an imagined audience beyond the private, as well as formal device within the painting.

Brice incorporates re-imagined art historical references as well as those from popular culture, and digital media, where the hand held mirror is frequently replaced by a camera or more specifically a Smartphone, capable of producing a digital portrait of a mirror image with an unprecedented capability for dissemination and extreme narcissism. It’s a confusing state of affairs and in turn the paintings aim to disorientate the viewer in their own act of looking. Reflecting these repetitive rituals, the relentless recording of self and the multiplicity of media images, Brice incorporates offset printing techniques on a variety of surfaces in the paintings, allowing for several versions of the same motif. These smaller figure studies function as proposals for possible inclusion in larger works. Like a train of thought, they reveal the development of ideas and narratives as they evolved in her studio practice, devoid of hierarchy. Brice imagines the central exhibition space as a stage; where the paintings are simultaneously props, back drops, screens and performers in their own right, allowing for layered meaning, with the mirror as the main player.

Lisa Brice was born in 1968 in Cape Town, South Africa; she currently lives and works in London. Brice majored in painting at Michaelis UCT, her early work included constructed artworks combining found objects, or domestic materials such as linoleum, with steel to make wall artworks, installations and sculptural pieces. In last decade she returned to painting, her work negotiates with authority the difficult terrain between spontaneous drawing and figure painting. She uses various painting and off set printing techniques on a variety of surfaces from canvas to tracing paper, which often leads to repetition of a similar motifs or figure’s in her work, sometimes biographical, at other times referencing art history.

In 2006 Brice had her first solo exhibition of paintings at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg titled Night Vision in which the artist reflected on the uncertainties of childhood. In 2009 a solo show titled More Wood for The fire was presented at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg; here the work dealt with Brice’s relationship with the island of Trinidad. In 2011 her work was included in the Vitamin P2 publication, Phaidon’s major anthology of international painting In 2012 Brice presented a solo exhibition titled Throwing the Floor at Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town. Her first solo exhibition in London took place in September last year at the French Riviera Gallery, and a continuation of a new series which features a cast of female figures/protagonists, engaged in acts of looking and being looked at, will be exhibited at the Goodman Gallery Johannesburg in April 2015.

  • Untitled vii (Cut your coat 3)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled vii (Cut your coat 3), 2014

    Flashe and ink on primed polyurethane film

    240 x 84cm

  • Untitled vi (Cut your coat 2)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled vi (Cut your coat 2), 2014

    Ink and flashe on primed polyurethane film

    240 x 101.5cm

  • Untitled Viii (Cut your coat 1)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled Viii (Cut your coat 1), 2014

    Ink on primed polyurethane film

    240 x 101.5cm

  • Untitled xl

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xl, 2014

    Ink on cotton

    75 x 100cm

  • Untitled l, (Well Worn 17)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled l, (Well Worn 17), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    126.5 x 96cm

  • Untitled (Well Worn 37)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled (Well Worn 37), 2015

    Ink on cotton paper

    200 x 81cm

  • Untitled lii, (Well Worn 5)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled lii, (Well Worn 5), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    126.5 x 96cm

  • Untitled xxiii, (Well Worn 23)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxiii, (Well Worn 23), 2015

    Ink on paper

    56 x 200cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 45)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 45) , 2014

    Ink on paper

    200 x 81 cm

  • Untitled xlviii, (Well Worn 13)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xlviii, (Well Worn 13), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    96 x 126.5cm

  • Untitled xlvii, (Well Worn 12)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xlvii, (Well Worn 12), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    121 x 75.5cm

  • Untitled xlvi, (Well Worn 11)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xlvi, (Well Worn 11), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    121 x 75.5cm

  • Untitled xlix, (Well Worn 14)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xlix, (Well Worn 14), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 15)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 15), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    29.7 x 42 cm

  • Untitled 3

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled 3, 2015

    Oil on cotton paper

    200 x 81 cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 38)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 38), 2015

    primed polyurethane film

    56 x 200 cm

  • Untitled li, (Well Worn 4)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled li, (Well Worn 4), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    126.5 x 96cm

  • Untitled v, (Well Worn 1)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled v, (Well Worn 1), 2014

    Ink, gjesso and flashe on canvas

    44 x 50.8cm

  • Untitled xliii, (Well Worn 8)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xliii, (Well Worn 8), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    96 x 126.5cm

  • Untitled xlii, (Well Worn 7)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xlii, (Well Worn 7), 2015

    Ink and Flashe on cotton

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xli, (Well Worn 6)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xli, (Well Worn 6), 2015

    Ink on Flashe on cotton

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 42)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 42), 2015

    Oil on paper

    57 x 200 cm

  • Untitled xxxix, (Well Worn 3)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxix, (Well Worn 3), 2015

    Ink and gessoon primed canvas

    122 x 102cm

  • Untitled xxxviii, (Well Worn 2)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxviii, (Well Worn 2), 2015

    Ink and gesso on cotton

    122 x 102 cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 41)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 41), 2015

    primed polyurethane film

    56 x 200 cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 36)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 36), 2015

    Oil on paper

    2m x 84cm

  • Untitled, (Well Worn 39)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, (Well Worn 39), 2015

    Ink on cotton paper

    200 x 81 cm

  • Untitled xxii, (Well Worn 24)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxii, (Well Worn 24), 2015

    Ink and oil on paper

    56 x 144cm

  • Untitled xliv, (Well Worn 9)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xliv, (Well Worn 9), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    30 x 80cm

  • Untitled (Well Worn 46)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled (Well Worn 46), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxix (Cut your coat)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxix (Cut your coat), 2015

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 40.1cm

  • Untitled xxxvii

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxvii, 2014

    Guache on paper

    29.7 x 40.1cm

  • Untitled 4

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled 4, 2014

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 42 cm

  • Untitled (Well Worn 43)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled (Well Worn 43), 2014

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled (Well Worn 44)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled (Well Worn 44), 2014

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 40.1 cm

  • Untitled xxvii, (Well Worn 28)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxvii, (Well Worn 28), 2015

    Oil pastel on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxxiii, (Well Worn 34)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxiii, (Well Worn 34), 2015

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxviii, (Well Worn 29)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxviii, (Well Worn 29), 2015

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxxiv, (Well Worn 30)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxiv, (Well Worn 30), 2015

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxxi, (Well Worn 32)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxi, (Well Worn 32), 2015

    Oil on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxxii, (Well Worn 33)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxii, (Well Worn 33), 2015

    Oil on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxx (Cut your coat)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxx (Cut your coat), 2015

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 40.1cm

  • Untitled xxxvi, (Well Worn 31)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxvi, (Well Worn 31), 2015

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 40.1cm

  • Untitled

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled, 2014

    Ink on paper

    29.7 x 42 cm

  • Untitled xxxv, (Well Worn 35)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxxv, (Well Worn 35), 2015

    Guache on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxiv, (Well Worn 25)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxiv, (Well Worn 25), 2015

    Oil on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxv, (Well Worn 26)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxv, (Well Worn 26), 2015

    Oil on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xxvi, (Well Worn 27)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xxvi, (Well Worn 27), 2015

    Guache on paper

    29.7 x 42cm

  • Untitled xlv, (Well Worn 10)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xlv, (Well Worn 10), 2015

    Ink on printed cotton

    60 x 80cm

  • Untitled xv, (Well Worn 18)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xv, (Well Worn 18), 2015

    Ink on paper

    56 x 200cm

  • Untitled xvi, (Well Worn 19)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xvi, (Well Worn 19), 2015

    Ink on paper

    56 x 200cm

  • Untitled xvii, (Well Worn 20)

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled xvii, (Well Worn 20), 2015

    Ink on paper

    56 x 200cm

  • Untitled I

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled I, 2014

    Oil on trace

    41 x 29 cm

  • Untitled II

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled II, 2014

    Oil on trace

    41 x 29 cm

  • Untitled III

    Lisa Brice

    Untitled III, 2014

    Oil on trace

    41 x 29 cm

  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]
  • Installation picture [Lisa Brice / Well Worn / 2015]