Lori Field consider herself to be self–taught, having had less than a year’s formal training at art school (S.U.N.Y. College at Purchase). She began her artistic career as an illustrator and textile designer living and working in New York City. Life-altering events caused her to rethink the direction her creativity was taking and began to do work that would be the beginning of a return to fine art. Starting with collage and intricate drawings, Field now works with tools that are uncommon and difficult to master: silverpoint drawings on gessoed paper and encaustic painting. I have shown in many group and solo shows nationally and internationally and have my work in the collections of several museums in the US, the Montclair Art Museum, the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and the Newark Museum among them.
Selected Solo Exhibitions (*2 and 3 person exhibitions)
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN ‘Small Saint and Silver Linings’
Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin, Germany ‘Feral Husband’
Gallery House, Toronto, Ontario‘Tyger Tyger and Silver Linings’
Stranger Factory, Abuquerque, NM ‘Neofuedalism’ relief sculpture and wearable drawing installation
Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin, Germany Tyger Tyger
Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville,NJ'Wild Worlds' - *w/ Ben Meunier, Sally McInerney
Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin, Germany‘Silver Linings’
Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC, NY ‘Wild Horses and Wallflowers’
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN‘I am Curious Yellow’
Gallery 2.5, Illinois State University Art Galleries, IL 'The Singing Woods'
Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC, NY 'The Sky is Falling'
Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin, Germany 'Small Saints'
Kinz+Tillou Fine Art, NYC, NY 'New Paintings'
Estel Gallery, Nashville, TN, 'New Paintings' *w/ Anna Jaap
Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 'Fractured Fairy Tales’
David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO - *w/ Naoto Hattori, Anthony Ausgang
Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL 'Outside In' *w/Clyde Angel, Dewey Blocksma
Tag Art Gallery, Nashville, TN 'Saints, Warriors, Tigers, Lovers, Flowers'
Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY 'New Paintings'
Tag Art Gallery, Nashville, TN 'Voyage to the Bunny Planet'
Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ 'Otherworld'
Westminster Gallery, Bloomfield College, NJ 'Becoming Animal' *w/ Liz Seaton
Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ 'Suspension of Disbelief'
The Arts Guild of Rahway, NJ 'Memory/Mythology' *w/ Karen Nielsen-Fried
McGraw Art Gallery, Newark Academy, Livingston, NJ 'Dream Time'
Pierro Gallery, S. Orange, NJ 'Angels with Attitude'
Selected Group Exhibitions
Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR ‘Lean in Closer’ Curator: Max Kauffman
Valdosta State University Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, Georgia ‘Cute and Creepy II’ curator: Carrie Ann Baade
Blam Projects, Brooklyn, NY‘Materia Prima’
Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC ‘Statum Finis’
Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC ‘Saint Bowie’
Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC ‘Hieroglyphica’
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA‘Lustrous Lines: Contemporary Metalpoint’
Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, ArkansasNational Silverpoint Invitational 2015
Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC‘Welcome to the Dreamtime’
The Lodge Gallery, NYC‘Madness’ Curator: Lori Field
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN ‘Whodunit’
Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC‘In Missa Interfectionis’
Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC 'Cornu Copiae'
Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, NYC 'Hronir: Un-Lost Things' - curated by Hazel Lee Santino
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NY‘Whiter Shade of Pale’
The Lodge Gallery, NYC‘Die Wunderkammer: Objects of Virtue Curators: Keith Schweitzer, Jason Patrick Voegele
Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ New Jersey Arts Annual: Contemporary Craft
Bosi Contemporary, NYC, NY 'Head' Curators: D. Dominick Lombardi, Robert Curcio
Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC, NY 'Beyond Bling' - The Artist as Jeweler
Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack,NY - 'Tell Me a Story, Now' Curator: Lynn Stein
Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin, Germany 'As Time Goes By'
Florida State University Museum 'Cute and Creepy' Curator: Carrie Ann Baade
Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TNSilver: Points of Departure
Curator: Carol Prusa
Claire Oliver Gallery, NYC, NY 'Anticipation'
NJ Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ New Jersey State Fellowship Exhibition
Sloan Fine Art, NYC, NY +2 Summer Group Show
The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, NJ "Ces Enfants Etranges'
Morris Museum, NJ 'Timeless: The Art of Drawing Curator: Ann Aptaker
Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 'Sideshow' Curator: Brad Benedict
Noyes Museum of Art, NJ 'New Jersey Fine Arts Annual'
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, NC 'On The Mark'
International Print Center, NYC, NY 'New Prints/Spring' selected by Kiki Smith
Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ 'RCIPP Fellowship Exhibition'
Berrie Center for the Arts, NJ 'Ashes to Ashes' Curator: Sydney Jenkins
Morris Museum, NJ 'Cultural Exploration' Curator: Willie Cole
City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ 'The Insomnia Show'
New Art Center, MA 'The Animal as Muse, Divine to Demonic'
2013 New Jersey Arts Annual: Contemporary Craft
2011 ‘Cute and Creepy’ catalogue Florida State University Museum
2008 Timeless: The Art of Drawing Morris Museum Exhibition Catalogue
2007 New Jersey Arts Annual, Noyes Museum of Art Catalogue
2003 Morris Museum 'Cultural Exploration' Exhibition Catalogue
B.F.A. program at SUNY Purchase School of Visual Arts
Fellowships / Awards
2008 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award in Painting
2004 RCIPP (now Brodsky Center), New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship
Selected Art Fairs
Outsider Art Fair NYC
Intuit Art Fair (Chicago)
Liste Cologne, Germany
Bridge Art Fair (London)
LA Art Fair
Next Art Fair, Chicago ('Flora and Fauna' -2 person show with Kate Clark )
Art on Paper Brussels
Palm Springs Art Fair
Art South Hampton
Public and Museum Collections
New Jersey State Museum
Noyes Museum of Art
Newark Public Library Print Collection
Hunterdon Museum of Art
Montclair Art Museum
Jersey City Museum
Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper
Hanni, Margaret A., ed. Breaking New Ground in Art History Schwalb, Susan Reiventing Silverpoint: An Ancient Technique for the Twenty First Century New Academia Publishing (reproduction)
New York Times http://maplewood.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/01/west-of-chelsea-lori-field/?_r=0
Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/24/spotlight-on-lori-fields-_n_738913.html
Beautiful Decay http://beautifuldecay.com/2011/05/05/lori-fields-forest-stories/
Creep Machine http://www.creepmachine.com/events/madness-at-the-lodge-gallery.html
My Love For You http://myloveforyou.typepad.com/my_love_for_you/2008/05/lori-field.html
Bowery Boogie http://www.boweryboogie.com/2014/10/explore-artistic-side-madness-lodge-gallery-tomorrow/
Cute and Creepy http://www.carrieannbaade.com/cuteandcreepy/artists/lorifield.html
Accidental Mysteries http://accidentalmysteries.blogspot.com/2009/05/lori-field-angels-with-attitudes.html
Nashville Scene http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/sweetness-and-dark/Content?oid=1198164
Oly's Musings http://olysmusings.blogspot.com/2008/11/worth-second-look-lori-field-at-ktf.html
I consider myself to be self–taught, having had less than a year’s formal training at art school (S.U.N.Y. College at Purchase). I began my artistic life as an illustrator and textile designer living and working in New York City. Ten years ago a series of life-altering events caused me to rethink the direction my creativity was taking. I began to do work that would be the beginning of my return to fine art. I started by doing collages and then gradually doing intricate drawings on old slate chalkboards with or without gold leaf. Now I primarily do very detailed, obsessive colored pencil drawings on rice paper, which are cut out, sewn into, and then embedded into vibrantly colored encaustic paintings (pigmented wax and resin painted with the use of a heated palette). I also do intricate silverpoint drawings on gessoed paper.
Both encaustic and silverpoint are very old mediums, very few people are familiar with either, although encaustic painting is enjoying a revival of sorts. I had trouble even finding any of the tools and instructions needed to begin doing silverpoint but I'm very happy that I did. I love the idea of working with tools that are uncommon and difficult to master.
I have shown in many group and solo shows nationally and internationally and have my work in the collections of several museums in the US, the Montclair Art Museum, the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and the Newark Museum among them.
Silverpoint - process
Silverpoint drawing is done with a metal stylus (real silver point embedded in wood) on a prepared gesso surface. The gesso is a rabbit skin glue and chalk based one that has to be heated on the stove and applied to the paper or board surface while warm. I heat gesso and apply 15 to 20 coats in order to prepare the surface to receive the marking from the silverpoint. I wait for it to dry between coats and alternate directions of the coats as they are applied. After the gesso is completely dried (at least 72 hours), I lightly sand the top surface with an extra fine jewelers sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible. I then begin the drawing. I have to work slowly and carefully because unlike pencil, silverpoint cannot be erased. After the drawing is finished it eventually will tarnish as it oxidizes due to sulfur content in the air much like silverware does in the drawer in between polishing. That is part of the unique quality of the line and the fully oxidized drawing will have a softer burnished sepia tone to it.