Laurie Lisonbee is a contemporary realist painter. Her work evokes a sense of ritual, revealing narrative and exploring psycho-spiritual states of being and identity. Her artworks of the human figure, many in yoga postures, are a metaphor for a state of being. She will often combine found objects with meticulous depictions of bodily contortions and mudras of the hand, crafting the each painting into a relic-like object. There is Renaissance grandeur in the painting combined with a gold-leafed surface suggestive of early 20th Century Orientalism, but they evoke a moment of time that is very present. Her study of art historical sources, love of junk piles, and yoga practice, has culminated into a painting process akin to devotional meditation.
She draws from nature, but not as subject matter, which is almost exclusively the figure, but as a touchstone of experience. She talks of how she her artistic sensibility and visual perceptions were sharpened by: her early child hood amidst California's beaches and lush orange groves; life in Utah with vistas of the islands in the Great Salt Lake; and most currently, the mountains of Woodland Hills.
Laurie earned a BA in Art and Design from Brigham Young University and a MFA from California State University. She has exhibited extensively in the US, including: Elmhurst Art Museum; Coos Art Museum; Springville Museum of Art; Woodbury Art Museum; BYU Museum of Art; and Palm Springs Desert Museum. Her work has received regional and national awards, including museum purchases. She is a Lecturer at Texas A&M University, teaching Life Drawing and Color Theory. She previously taught drawing, design and painting at several universities and colleges in California and Utah, including Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University.