Sydney-based artist Lisa Lapointe draws upon spiritual, religious and indigenous mythology in her art. She describes her drawings as “chaotic yet serene”. They combine the primitive with the futuristic through bold colours, strong graphic elements and mythological references.
“Lisa’s original artworks are done in pencil and her applied art has that hand-drawn quality, too. I love their graphic strength and the colours, and her use of spiritual symbolism.”David Clark Design curator & editor
You describe yourself as a 'pencil artist'. Tell us about your approach and techniques.
I have a very methodical style, which has quite a meditative quality to it. My work is flat in intensity, geometric and colour-rich. I only use Prismacolor pencils, which are bright and punchy, and almost look like paint. I love the scratchy texture of the pencil work and the subtle variations that can be seen in the larger block-colour areas. My most crucial techniques would be patience and perseverance – which, once you break through, is how the meditative aspect kicks in.
How did this evolve? Have you always favoured this medium?
I took to pencil shortly after my first child was born. I wanted to remain creative without the mess of paints. I needed something that was easy to go to and walk away from and that I could do in the central part of the house. Not long after, I was invited to be part of an exhibition and decided to show these first drawings and haven’t looked back. I felt like I had finally found my voice.
Do you ever work in monochrome?
I often plan to do a monochrome drawing, but the colour always creeps in. I still intend to do a monochrome series of sculptures and drawings, so I hope I’ll be able to pull it off.
Your works have a totemic, mythological quality. What (and who) inspires you?
I read and listen to a lot of different religious, spiritual, scientific and psychological material. I’m so fascinated by the stories and how people of many tribes and cultures throughout the world, and over time, have always tried to divine the greater meaning of life and find some deeper connection to each other and nature – this is what I'm most inspired by.
You also make textiles and sculptures. What attracts you to working in three dimensions?
I’ve always been interested in different media. I have a deep love for colour and texture, so working in sculpture and textiles just seemed like a natural path.
What projects are you working on at the moment? Any exhibitions coming up?
I’m just about to release another collection of small, hand-printed sculptures, with a little collection of unisex knitwear to follow shortly, which I’m super-excited about! I’m preparing another series of drawings that I’ll begin working on in May, and I’m currently in discussions about a textile and furniture collaboration with a European company. No shows this year, which I’m kind of happy about – I want to focus on trying some new things and see where they take me.read less