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Art in Heat

June 30 to July 30, 2007

Lisa Brotman

Lisa Montag Brotman's paintings of female figures are part of an ongoing series beginning in the late 1970s. Inventing ambiguous space and vividly colored environments create visual and psychological tension and suggest places that tease reality, but are transformed. The images of "everywoman" inhabit mindscapes composed of iconographic elements, or metaphors. Brotman's psychologically and emotionally charged works, coupled with her titles, use irony and humor in an exploration of uncharted territory.

After receiving her BFA from SUNY at Buffalo, Brotman moved to Washington, DC, attended The Corcoran School of Art, and received an MFA from The George Washington University. She taught at the Corcoran, and has lectured at The Kreeger Museum, The Maryland Institute College of Art, and other area colleges and universities. She has received two Individual Artist Awards in the Visual Arts from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe, and in the Washington, DC, area including: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, District of Columbia Arts Center, Arlington Arts Center, The George Washington University, St. Mary's College, The Katzen American University Museum, five solo shows at Gallery K, a mid-career retrospective at The Maryland Arts Place, and recently at Gallery Neptune.

Her work has been written about and favorably reviewed in such publications as Art in America, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, and Washingtonian Magazine. In 2006, The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities purchased a Brotman painting for the new City Hall Art Collection at the Wilson Building.

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“Say It with Flowers”

24″ × 40″

oil on canvas

“The Ultimate Dealer”

34″ × 42″

oil on canvas

“My Lady Virtue”

46″ × 46″

oil on canvas