Lisa Basil

Below the Surface – Recent Encaustics

Works on View: April 1st – 30th, 2012
Artist’s Reception: Sunday April 15th 2012, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Lisa Basil’s new exhibition, titled Below the Surface – Recent Encaustics,represents her exploration and transition to the medium of encaustic throughout this past year.  Please join us on Sunday April 15th 2012 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm for an artist’s reception that will be held at Pagus inside the Norristown Arts Building.

For the past 21 years, Lisa Basil has shown her work nationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions. She was awarded the Edith Kaplan Memorial Award for Painting from Artforms Gallery, the Claire Breheme Memorial Award for Painting from Abington Art Center, and received a First Place award for printmaking from the Alexander Brest Museum in Jacksonville, FL.  Lisa Basil received her BFA in printmaking from Moore College of Art and Design. She has worked in art restoration and currently has her own graphic design business.

From the Artist:
I have been an artist for most of my life, choosing different mediums like outfits, whatever fit me at the time. Most of my past work is figurative and represents what I was at that moment. Years ago I saw a piece that became etched into my mind. That was the moment encaustic chose me. I chose to ignore the summons, instead pursuing safer, more mainstream choices for art and career. It has taken years to have the courage to stand up to my inner critics enough to allow myself to be “just an artist.” The inner critics have kept me safe but stifled, and just as the wax transforms with mindful guidance, I am transforming.  Encaustic taps my inner core and, for the first time, I am creating abstract images that represent not just where I am, but where I want to be. My portfolio, in its current state, reflects my struggle to surrender to the medium and uncover everything I have locked away inside—below the surface.