Lisa Chandler is a painter, and her art practice explores the themes of urban spaces and places, and the impact of globalisation and gentrification on city inhabitants. Chandler holds an MFA (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, New Zealand, and she presented her thesis paper ‘Negotiating the Non-Place’ at the Affective Landscapes Conference at the University of Derby, England in 2012.
Since completing her MFA in 2012, Chandler has held 10 solo exhibitions, and has been selected for numerous group shows including ‘Cruel City’ at The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, and the ‘International Art Survey’ Beijing, China. Chandler has been a finalist in a number of major New Zealand art awards including the National Contemporary Art Award (2015), the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (2018, 2015) and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award (2015, 2014 and 2012). In 2007, she won the Landscape Award at the Nelson Regional Art Awards.
In 2016, following a four-month residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany, Chandler developed a body of work, titled ‘Between Yesterday & Tomorrow’ that explored issues of gentrification in Leipzig. Inspired by the strong painting scene and art community in Leipzig, Chandler set up a base in the city and has a permanent studio at the well known Spinnerei art hub.
Chandler spent two months in Beijing on the Red Gate Residency in 2014. ‘China Dream’ (2016), a solo exhibition at the Millennium Public Art Gallery in Marlborough, critiqued the expansion of Beijing and offered sympathy for the aspiring individual and local culture.
In 2013 Chandler participated in an artist residency in Singapore supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and the following year was invited back for an international collaboration project. Chandler regularly exhibits in Singapore and belongs to the international artist collective ‘Instinctive’. Her evocative 12-piece entry in the collective’s exhibition ‘in(visible) 1.0’ (2017) examined the plight of migrant workers in this global city.
She is currently working towards her first major solo exhibition in a public art gallery in New Zealand, at The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, 9th February to 14th April 2019.
Chandler maintains her art practice in New Zealand and Germany.
2018 Traces of the Past, Parker Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2017 Small Works, Kunst Konzil, Leipzig, Germany
2016 Between Yesterday & Tomorrow, Mckee Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 China Dream, Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim, New Zealand
2015 China Dream, SALT Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2014 Slice III, Icon White Gallery, Upper Moutere, New Zealand
2013 Slice II, LightSpace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2013 Slice I, Instinc Gallery, Singapore
2012 In Transit, Red Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 Negotiating the Non-Place, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2018 Spring Rundgang, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2018 Finalist, New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award, New Zealand
2017 in(significant), INSTINC Gallery, Singapore
2017 Autumn Rundgang, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2017 Spring Rundgang, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2017 in(visible), ION Gallery, Singapore
2016 Patterns Beyond the Obvious, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2015 Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, New Zealand
2015 Finalist, New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award, New Zealand
2015 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, Whakatāne Museum, New Zealand
2014 Instinc 10, Gallery 67, Singapore
2014 World Art Exhibition, Songzhuang Museum, Beijing, China
2014 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, Whakatāne Museum, New Zealand
2013 Cruel City, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand
2012 Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, Whakatāne Museum, New Zealand
2012 Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, Pearce Gallery, Auckland
2009 Aqua Marine, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand
2007 Winner, Landscape/Seascape Award, Regional Art Awards, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 Leipzig International Art Programme, Germany
2014 Collaboration Project, Instinc Gallery, Singapore, supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation
2014 Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China
2013 Instinc Gallery Residency, Singapore supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation
2015/2016/2018 Fresh FM Nelson
2012 93bFM, Auckland
2012 Arts on Sunday, Radio New Zealand National
2012 BBC Derby, England
2018 Parker Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2016 Mckee Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2015 China Week Nelson, New Zealand
2015 Pecha Kucha, Tasman, New Zealand
2013 LightSpace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2013 Art Week Auckland, New Zealand
2013 The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand
2013 Instinc Gallery, Singapore
2013 Pecha Kucha, Singapore
2012 Affective Landscapes Conference, University of Derby, England
2012 Red Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand
2011 Pecha Kucha, Nelson, New Zealand