With her bold use of color and exaggerated, geometric portraiture, Lisa Marie Thalhammer creates artwork that engages the viewer on a visceral, nearly tangible level. The majority of her work focuses on the female form with distorted proportions that challenge conventional ideas of the empowered, modern woman. Her figures’ expressive eyes, angular jawline and limbs, posed with masculine objects combine to convey the sharp, tough femininity of her characters.
Lisa Marie grew up around travelers while working at her family-owned St. Louis East Truck Plaza. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Lisa Marie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with Honors with double minors in Women Studies & Art History from the University of Kansas in 2003. Selected awards included the Amsden Award, the Hollander Family Foundation Award, the Daniel Macmorris Scholarship, the Warner Ferguson Service Scholarship and the Jacobs Prize. After relocating to Washington DC, where she currently lives and works, Thalhammer created numerous portrait paintings, and is well known for her Girls with Guns series. Funded by the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Lisa Marie created her first major public art work in 2009, titled Boxer Girl, located at 1st & W Streets NW in the nation’s capital. The piece sparked a significant level of controversy, which was covered in numerous local and national publications, such as MSNBC Washington and ARTNET NEWS. Solo exhibitions include Welcome to Lizard County at G Fine Arts – reviewed by The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper – and Lizards Live at The Butcher’s Daughter Contemporary Art in Ferndale, MI. Recent showings in international art fairs & festivals include PULSE and No Soul for Sale in New York City and Aqua Art at Miami Art Basel. She has also shown her artworks with Transformer in Washington DC and at Manifest Equality in Los Angeles, CA. She has appeared on the cover of the Washington Blade and recently received a Ponies Choice Award for Best Visual Artist, voted on by the public readers of Washington DC’s Brightest Young Things.