Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern

 

Artist Statement

 

I am a figurative painter whose work is informed by a love of art historical images, and our contemporary culture of technology and fashion. The central theme of the work is based upon a duality – the coexistence of old and familiar with ever emerging new material that challenges and assimilates established concepts. This manifests in the paintings as a blending of images, which often takes on a surrealistic quality. The surreal aspects of daily life are often more evident than are felt or acknowledged.

 

In accordance with the elaborate manner of both high, painterly tradition and couture, each painting must be visually captivating, lush, and seductive – with impactful color, sparkly textures, and surfaces. After the initial impact, the viewer is invited to uncover other levels of recognizable materials or motifs that help to build a narrative or thematic description. The element of discovery is very important to the success of the work and connection to the viewer experience.

 

EDUCATION

MFA   New Jersey City University, Jersey City, New Jersey

BFA    Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016     Cotillion- Beauregard Fine Art Gallery, Rumson, New Jersey, curator: Kathleen Karlen Donnelly

2015     The Painted Banquet- Oyster Point Gallery Space, Red Bank, New Jersey, curator: Gerda Liebmann

            Chamber Pieces- Victory Hall Project Rooms, Jersey City, New Jersey curator: Anne Trauben

2014     Family Jewels- Crary Art Gallery, Warren, Pennsylvania, curator: Thomas Paquette

           #BaroqueTechStyle- Visual Arts Center of New Jersey,  Summit, New Jersey,  curator: Mary Birmingham

2012      Windows on Columbus: Paintings & Prints by Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern – Pro-Arts Jersey City Project at Harborside Financial

             Center Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey, curator: Kerry Kolenut

             objex.desire – Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey, curator: Edward Stein

2010      Little Masters- MFA Exhibition, Harold Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, curator: Midori Yoshimoto

2008     Vanitas Contemporarius- Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New Brunswick, New Jersey

2006     Covering/Uncovering – Mitchell Sanborn Gallery, Keyport, New Jersey, curator: Nora Sanborn

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    

Self Reimagined – Harold Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, curator: Midori Yoshimoto

2016    

Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View- 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago ILL, curators: Didi Menendez and Sergio                Gomez

The Thing of it is- Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, curator: Eric Aho

5th Annual Juried Show – Bowery Gallery, New York, New York, curator: Martica Sawin

New Jersey Arts Annual- Noyes Museum of Art, Stockton University, Oceanville, New Jersey, curators: Joan Bacharach and                      Stacy Smith

Precision and Pattern Redux- Maloney Gallery, College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey, curator: Dr. Virginia Butera

2015      

Technology Becomes Them- Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, New Jersey, curator: Mary Gagler

FABULOUS – Shirin Gallery, New York, New York, curator: Jasmine Wahi

The Portrait Show-  Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey, curator: Laura Alexandria

Precision and Pattern-  City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, New Jersey curator: Christine Soccio

2014      

The Big Small Show-  Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, New Jersey, curator: Anne Trauben

Five Artists/Five Visions – Goldsmith Gallery at ACONDOS, Jersey City, New Jersey, curator: Ann Aptaker

Little Wonders- LITM Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey, curator: Andrea Morin   

Emerald City: The Gateway Project- 2 Gateway Center Gallery, Newark, New Jersey, curators: Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca

Jampol

15@15- Arts Guild of New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey, curator: Lawrence Cappiello

Art Connections  10 – George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, curator: Marilyn Symmes

2013

The Big Small Painting Show – Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, New Jersey, curator: Anne Trauben

Small Works Show – Artist’s House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, curator: Lorraine Reisenbach

New Faces 2013 – Artist’s House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, curator: Lorraine Reisenbach,

Presence, Pro-Arts Jersey City Juried Exhibit – Tenmarc Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey curator: Denise Carvalho

2012

Feast for the Eyes: The Art of Food – Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey, curator: Dorrie Papademetriou

Disconnected – Gallery at 14 Maple, Arts Council of Morris, Morristown, New Jersey, curator: Jonathan Greene

Curators Choice Exhibition – Shore Institute for Contemporary Art,  Asbury Park, New Jersey, curator: Mary Birmingham

Newark Open Doors Exhibition – Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center, Newark, New Jersey, curator: Yoland Skeete

See How We Are – Pro-Arts Jersey City Exhibition, curator: Margaret O’Reilly, and The Artist at Work: Self-Portrait Exhibition- Tenmarc  Gallery, Jersey City,  New Jersey, curator: Joe Velez

2011

19th Annual Juried Show – Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, curator: Mary Birmingham

Pro-Arts Jersey City Juried Members Exhibition – Parlay Studios, Jersey City, New Jersey, curator: Meredith Lippman

Exquisite Corpse 3rd Annual Juried Exhibit – Mana Fine Arts Annex, Jersey City, New Jersey curator: Tina Maneca

7th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition – 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, curator: Sergio Gomez

Manhattan Graphics First Annual Juried Show, New York, New York

Concealment and Disclosure –  Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, curator: Irene Christensen

WetPaint 2011, National Juried Exhibition – Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois curator: Sergio Gomez

College Art Association Juried MFA Exhibition – Hunter College Gallery, New York curator: Martin Kruck

<196 – Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Branch, New Jersey, curator: Douglas Ferrari

2010

Nexus New Jersey 2010 Statewide Juried Show –  Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey curator: Lawrence Cappiello

18th Annual Juried Show – Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, curator: Donna Gustafson,

Exquisite Corpse and Members Exhibit -Pro Arts Jersey City Artists Studio Tour

Water – Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, curator: Pamela Talese

7th Annual Fresh Meat/Young Blood: New Jersey’s New Masters – Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Branch, New Jersey, curator: Douglas  Ferrari

BabyDoll 2 – The Broadway Gallery, New York, New York, curator: Lawrence Cappiello

WetPaint 2010, National Juried Exhibition – Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, curator: Sergio Gomez

Emerging Patterns – Gallery at 14 Maple, Arts Council of Morris, Morristown, New Jersey, curator: Midori Yoshimoto

BabyDoll – Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey, curator: Lawrence Cappiello

We Can Do It- Women Artists of Monmouth – Manalapan Library Gallery, New Jersey, curator: Amy Puccio,

New Prints 2010 – International Print Center, New York, New Yorkcurator: Ann Coffin

2009

Moolah – Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey, curator: Lawrence Cappiello

NeoRococo – Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Branch, New Jersey, curator: Douglas Ferrari

Circles of Influence – Brookdale Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Lincroft, New Jersey curator: Marie Maber

5th Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show -The Boatworks Gallery, Belmar, New Jersey

2008

5th Annual Juried Show -Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Branch, New Jersey curator: Douglas Ferrari

Human History – Brennan Courthouse Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey curator: Meredith Lippman

Trading Places: Pro-Arts Jersey City, Canco Lofts Exhibiton Space, Jersey City, New Jersey curator: Hugo Bastidas

Currents: Studio Montclair, – Ben Shahn Galleries, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey

Making Marks – Brookdale Center for Visual Arts, Lincroft, New Jersey curator: Sidney Godwin

RESIDENCIES

2016      Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF), MANA Contemporary Fine Art, Jersey City, NJ

2014      Chairs of Inclusion, JSDD Wae Center, West Orange, NJ

2006 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

AWARDS/GRANTS/HONORS

2016     19th Annual Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award, Brookdale Community College

2015     18th Annual Outstanding Adjunct Instructor Award, Brookdale Community College

2013 Artist of the Month: June 2013, Juried Competition, Arts Guild New Jersey Blog

2012     Featured Artist: Monmouth County Arts Council Blog

2011      Honorable Mention –19th Annual Juried Show, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, New Jersey

2010     Honorable Mention –18th Annual Juried Show, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, New Jersey

2009    Best in Show –Work on Paper – SICA – Annual Juried Exhibition, Long Branch, New Jersey

2007    Award: Art Alliance 21st Annual Statewide Exhibition, Red Bank, New Jersey

2006    Geraldine Dodge Grant

PUBLICATIONS

2016    Poets and Artists #75: Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View, p. 32.

            FreshPaint Magazine, Issue 12, p. 48.

2014    Mazur, Janet. “Family Jewels: Paintings by Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern,” UCDA Designer Magazine, Vol.39, No.3, pp. 18-23.

2013    Nair, Supriya M., Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours. University of Virginia Press, 2013, Cover Image.

2011     7th Annual Self-Portrait Exhibition, Zhou. B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, curated by Sergio Gomez, pg. 83.

            National Wet Paint Exhibition, Zhou. B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, curated by Sergio Gomez, pg. 37.

2010    Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 10, Open Studios Press, pg. 58.

            National Wet Paint Exhibition, Zhou. B. Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, curated by Sergio Gomez, pg. 40.

COLLECTIONS

Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation

Brookdale Community College

New Jersey City University

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