Our current showcase features portraits of female moguls in the music industry through high contrast sharpie pointillism by artist, Lisa Atterbury.
Hall of Fame: Women in Music History, can be seen on the walls of Liquid Amber Tattoo & Art Collective from September 1, 2017 until January 2, 2017. All pieces are for sale and range from $200-$500.
Can you tell us a bit about the process of the medium in which you work in? Sharpie Pointillism?Pointillism is an art form that is defined by an image that is made entirely of dots. While working on my Pointillism art over the years, my style is defined by my choice of using a water-based sharpie for all of my canvases. Each canvas starts with a pencil outline of the subject based off a realistic image, and is finished entirely with overlapping dots made with the sharpie marker to complete the image on the canvas. Each 24" x 36" canvas takes about 50-60 hours.
I often get asked why I do this kind of art as each canvas takes many many hours to complete. The reason I fell in love with this art form is that I find creating each piece is very relaxing and therapeutic, no matter how long a piece takes to complete.
What inspired you to create your art in sharpie pointillism? Do you work in other mediums as well?
When I was in the Interior Design Technology Program at Nait in 2001, we had a History of Architecture class where we learned about the art form of pointillism. The first project I did for the class was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and from there I absolutely fell in love with the art form. I have been drawing since I was 5 years old, so learning about this style of art really spoke to me, I spent years working on different techniques to make pointillism art more my style and to do something different than what other Artists were doing.
Pointillism is the only art form that I focus on since graduating from pencil drawings.
For this Hall of Fame series: Women in Music History, are these your favorite singers or how did you select this group of women?
There are so many influential women in music history, but the Musicians that are featured in this showcase are the ones we all know and love for everything they have done for music and women; that is how they were chosen for this showcase.
When you are working on a series, do you have any rituals or environmental factors that help you through the process?
All of my canvases are worked on and made in the middle of the night, usually between 12am and 6am, while watching movies with my kittens beside me. Working during the middle of the night has always been my favorite time to work on pieces as it is a very calming time of the day to be inspired and creative.
What's next for you in your art? Do you have any other series in the works?
I am currently working on another showcase based on Musicians which launches at Score on Davie (Vancouver) in January; I will also be creating more canvases for the main room of Score on Davie and commissions for friends and family. I would love to do another showcase at Liquid Amber Tattoo & Art Collective which features other influential Musicians in the future!
Stay tuned for what's happening next for Lisa at @lisatterbury on Instagram