Biography of Lisa Chandler

Lisa Chandler
New Zealand


Lisa Chandler was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. Her art practice involves global wandering to experience places and spaces, punctuated by intense months of studio-based work.

Chandler’s practice reflects an obsession with transitional urban spaces and the crowds that inhabit them. Her paintings investigate the tensions between place and non-place. Urban structures and people intertwine through a process of layering, obliterating and tracing. Images are painted in, painted out and painted over. The history in the layers of paint traces the transformation of urban space.

Chandler has a MFA (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, New Zealand. She presented her thesis paper ‘Negotiating the Non-Place’ at the Affective Landscapes Conference at the University of Derby, England.

Recent international art projects include: ‘In Transit’ Kuala Lumpur, ‘INSTINC 10 Collaboration’ Singapore, and residencies in Singapore, China and Germany.

She has been a finalist in a number of major New Zealand art awards including the National Contemporary Art Award, the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award.

Chandler divides her time between Germany, Singapore and New Zealand.

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