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Mélange Gallery, March of Robots Telluride, CO, 3/14

Art of Robot, i.d.e.a Museum, Mesa, Arizona - 02/14 -05/14

Art of Robot, Appleton Museum of Art, Oscala, FL 6/13- 9/13

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Chicago, IL 08/09

Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston,IL 08/09 Group Show "Florence Singer: 60 Years of Inspiration" Co-curated by Lisa Grothman Ryan & Karen Valiquette Basely

The Bottle Shop, Wilmette, IL 04/08, Solo Show

The Noodle Café, Wilmette, IL 7/08, Solo Show

Pick-A-Cup Café, Evanston, IL 10/08, Group Show

The Learning & Product Expo: Art in Chicago (Group Show), 7/09


Artist Lisa Grothman Ryan graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Major in Illustration. Soon after, she moved to New York City and began a career as a freelance illustrator.  Her illustrations appeared in business, trade, medical and sports publications (Fortune, Folio, US Banker, Forbes, Quality Progress, Tennis Magazine and many others). During that time, she started to focus more attention on creating fine art (with an emphasis on pastels) and completed a number of commissioned pieces.

In 1998, she moved back to the Midwest and settled in north of Chicago. After she arrived, she focused primarily on fine art and created her first website and sold prints and cards reproduced from her original pastel paintings while continuing to sell privately commissioned work. After having two children, she became concerned about the dust and spray fix associated with pastels. She switched her primary medium to water soluble oils.  She discovered that water soluble oils have the same depth of color and work like conventional oil paints without the need to use hazardous solvents to thin and clean.

Lisa has continuted with the robot theme working with etching on copper plate and woodcut prints and also creating repeating patterns using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop which can been seen on SpoonFlower.com

The theme of Lisa’s artwork typically revolves around the personification of still life objects.  She takes all of her own reference photos.  She incorporates humor and hints of relationships in her paintings of inanimate objects.


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Click above to see Lisa's repeating Robot Patterns on SpoonFlower.com

Click here to see "Art of Robot" brochure.

Lisa was interviewed for Art Calendar's "Art Scuttlebutt Online Artist of the Month" click below to read article

Click here for Art Calendar article

Artist Lisa Grothman Ryan

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