May 2 – July 4: Lisbeth Firmin: Working the Light

Lisbeth Firmin:
Working the Light
May 2- July 4
Artist Reception: Saturday May 2, 3:00 – 5:00p
In the Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center

Young Lovers

Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist whose imagery explores the relationship between people and their environment. As an artist, Firmin has absorbed and sought to extend the themes of earlier realists such as John Sloan and Edward Hopper; depicting modern life while exploring timeless themes of solitude and isolation. She is not interested in producing a literal translation of the environment but instead seeks a balance between the subject and the pictorial structure that holds it together, boldly riding the line between abstraction and realism. Firmin concentrates on translating her own visceral reaction to the subject matter into the work, in hopes of setting up a corresponding emotional response in the viewer.

Firmin’s technique has been developed on her own over decades. It involves energetic application of blocks of color to produce an abstract interplay of shapes that fall into place when viewed from a distance. Firmin’s prints evolve from genre street scenes into work that concentrates more on interpenetrating the light and shadow that describe the human form in a specific moment.

Complimentary Exhibition Programming:

Artist Talk with Lisbeth Firmin
Saturday May 9, 2:00p
At the Roxbury Arts Center
Free, donations gratefully accepted

Monoprint Intensive
With Lisbeth Firmin
May 30 & 31, 10:00a – 3:00p
At the Roxbury Arts Center
$60/day or $100 for both. Pre-registration required