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Lisa Houck
Two Swallowtails

2015

US$4,200

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Two Swallowtails; Oil on Panel, 20 x 30 Inches, is one of a series of paintings, watercolors, mosaics and prints by Lisa Houck, a very established artist from Boston with a large following devoted to her exceptional work reminiscent of Matisse and Aborigine art, with gorgeous color and a sensibility both playful and quite serious that is uniquely her own. Houck has also executed many large public art commissions for interior and exterior sites in Boston and nationwide which are ambitious murals in oil or mosaic located in hospitals, libraries, playgrounds and other public buildings. LISA HOUCK Education and Professional Affiliations: Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA: M.F.A. 1989. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: B.F.A. 1975. Boston Printmakers Selected Solo Exhibitions Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA 2017 Cambridge Arts Council, Gallery 344, “A Long Walk with No Destination”, Cambridge, MA 2016 Beth Urdang Gallery, Wellesley, MA 2015 Patricia Carega Gallery: “White Line Woodcuts,” Center Sandwich, NH 2014 Rivers School, Weston, MA 2008 Bentley College: “All About the Square,” Waltham, MA 2003. Barton-Ryan Gallery: “Improbable Botanicals and Landscapes,” Boston, MA 2000. Randall Beck Gallery: Boston, MA 1993, 1991. Barbara Singer Fine Art: Cambridge, MA 1991. Coyote Gallery: Cambridge, MA 1989. Tufts University: “MFA Thesis Exhibition,” Cohen Arts Center, Medford, MA 1988. Modestino Gallery: Cambridge, MA 1987, 1986. New England School of Art and Design: Boston, MA 1986. Mott House: “The Comet and Other Phenomena,” Washington, DC 1986. Selected Group Exhibitions Arsenal Center for the Arts, “Big Print”, Watertown, MA 2016 FPAC Gallery, Fort Point Channel, “Mosaic Muse”, Boston, MA 2016 Art of Mosaic: Piecing it Together, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 2013 National Mosaic Exhibit on Cape Cod, 2011 Fancy Plants: Bentley University, 2010 Contemporary Mosaics: Attleboro Arts Museum, 2010 Boston Children’s Museum: “I See Trees,” 2009. Somerville Museum: “Art of Mosaic,” 2009. Milton Academy: “Design/Build,” 2009. Danforth Museum: Members Show, 2007 Boston Printmakers: North American Print Biennial, 2005. Peabody Essex Museum: “In Nature’s Company,” Salem, MA 2004. Cambridge Art Association: “Hot Colors,” (Best in Show Award), Cambridge, MA 2002. Tufts University: “Alumni Exhibition,” Aidekman Gallery, Medford, MA 2001. Acacia Gallery: Gloucester, MA 2000. Wiggin Gallery: “Women in Watercolor,” Boston Public Library, Boston, MA 2000. New Art Center: “Lasting Impressions: Looking at the Land,” Newton, MA 1997. Bernard Toale Gallery: “The Pet Show,” Boston, MA 1996. Albers Gallery: Memphis, TN 1994, 1992,1991. Pritam & Eames: East Hampton, NY 1992. Boston Center for the Arts: Boston, MA 1989. DeCordova Museum: “Explorations in Handmade Paper,” Lincoln, MA 1989. Fuller Museum of Art: “RISD Alumni in Boston,” Brockton, MA 1989. St. Botolph Club: Boston, MA 1988. Danforth Museum: “Symmetry and Pattern in Art and Nature,” Framingham, MA 1986. Brunnier Museum: “Images of the Universe,” Ames, IA 1986. New England School of Art and Design: “A Celebration of the Return of Halley’s Comet,” Boston, MA 1985. Rose Art Museum: “Boston Printmakers,” Waltham, MA 1985. Fuller Museum of Art: “Triennial Exhibition,” Brockton, MA 1983. Cambridge Arts Council: “Lofty Views and Heightened Perspectives,” Cambridge, MA 1983. The Boston Company The Boston Public Library Brigham and Women’s Hospital Brunnier Museum, Ames, IA Coopers & Lybrand Fidelity Investments Fogg Art Museum Goodwin Procter Harvard Business School Harvard Community Health Plan Selected Public Collections, Numerous Private Collections The Boston Company The Boston Public Library Brigham and Women’s Hospital Brunnier Museum, Ames, IA Coopers & Lybrand Fidelity Investments Fogg Art Museum Goodwin Procter Harvard Business School Harvard Community Health Plan Herman Miller Lahey Clinic Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts Mutual Corporation Montgomery Watson Harza Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Neiman Marcus New England Medical Center State Street Bank and Trust Valley Hospital, NJ Grants/Projects Herman Miller Lahey Clinic Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts Mutual Corporation Montgomery Watson Harza Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Neiman Marcus New England Medical Center State Street Bank and Trust Valley Hospital, NJ “City Square with Reflecting Pool,” 6’ X 6’ mosaic for Iron Street Park in Boston. Located on the corner of A Street and Iron Street in Boston, commissioned for this new park in Boston by a private client in 2014. Children’s Hospital, Waltham, MA: eleven-panel, oil-on-wood painting for the lobby, 2005. Grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2005. For a ceramics program in the public schools, sponsored by the Dedham Cultural Council. John Hancock Financial Services: Frieda Garcia Park. Commission to create two mosaic murals incorporating children’s art from the community, 2004. Murals are 8’ X 10’ and 8’ x 22’. Broward County Cultural Affairs Office/Public Art Department, Florida: Public Art Commission to create paintings and printed materials for four libraries in Broward County, 2003. Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund Clinic, Boston, MA: eight panel mosaic for the reception area. Architect: Miller, Dyer, Spears, 2003. Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan International Airport, Terminal E, Boston, MA: Six digital reproductions of paintings. Project Coordinator: Urban Arts Institute, 2001. ”The Rare Tropical Cod,” part of the Cavalcade of Cod, a school of 5’5” fiberglass fish sculptures which were displayed throughout the city of Boston in the fall of 2000. Sponsored by Boston’s B2K Committee. Poster and button and display banners for First Night Boston, 1998. Grant from the City of Cambridge to create murals for the Cambridge Senior Center, 1995. Administered by the Cambridge Arts Council. Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 1994. Administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Grant from Arts on the Line, Cambridge, MA for temporary art in the subway including a 36-foot painting for the Kendall Square subway station, Cambridge, MA 1988. Grant from the Cambridge Arts Council for a mural for the Cambridge River Festival, installed in Inman Square, 1987. Poster for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1987. Publications Providence Journal, “Artists Put a Modern Face on Mosaics”, by Bill Van Siclen, May 2010 Ceramics Monthly, “Up Front,” volume 56, January 2008 Harvard Review 32, Spring 2007 Boston Athenaeum, Annual Report, 2006 Making and Decorating Stylish Screens: Cover Art, by Katherine Duncan Aimone, Lark Books, 2003. Cambridge Center for Adult Education: Catalog Cover, Spring, 2000. Paper Art: “Working From Pulp,” by Michael G. LaFosse, Quarry Books, 1998. Arts Media: “Lasting Impressions: Looking at the Land,” Mary Behrens, June, 1997. Boston Globe: “Perspectives,” Christine Temin, April 9, 1997. American Craft: “Commissions,” August/September, 1996. Art Plan: “Cambridge’s Multi-Purpose Senior Center,” Cambridge Arts Council, 1996. Boston Phoenix: “The Weekend,” November 2, 1990. Art New England: “Lisa Houck: A Long Walk to View Some Petroglyphs,” Meredith Fife Day, July/August 1989. Boston Sunday Globe: “A Happy Case of Life Imitating Art,” Anthony Tommasini, January 8, 1989. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Other Dimensions,”: Critic’s Tip, Christine Temin, April 21, 1988. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Views From the West,” Critic’s Tip, Christine Temin, October 22, 1987. Art New England: “Lisa Houck, Kendall Square Station,” Abstracts, Thomas Frick, October 1987. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Bright Universe,” Critic’ Tip, Robert Taylor, June 18, 1987. Boston Globe: “Perspectives,” Christine Temin, November 27, 1986. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Cosmic Happenings,” Critic’s Tip, Robert Taylor, May 8, 1986. brightly colored and abstracted 'landscape,' playful and reminiscent of Matisse's cutouts. This painting relates closely to many public art commissions for interior and exterior sites by Lisa Houck who has a large following in Boston and a nationwide reputation for her murals in oil and mosaic, as well as individual works on a smaller scale in oil, mosaic, textile, watercolor and printmaking. This painting is one of a series of 2 related works ("Red Bug in the Garden") that can also be installed as a diptych. LISA HOUCK Education and Professional Affiliations Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA: M.F.A. 1989. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI: B.F.A. 1975. Boston Printmakers Selected Solo Exhibitions Beth Urdang Gallery, Boston, MA 2017 Cambridge Arts Council, Gallery 344, “A Long Walk with No Destination”, Cambridge, MA 2016 Beth Urdang Gallery, Wellesley, MA 2015 Patricia Carega Gallery: “White Line Woodcuts,” Center Sandwich, NH 2014 Rivers School, Weston, MA 2008 Bentley College: “All About the Square,” Waltham, MA 2003. Barton-Ryan Gallery: “Improbable Botanicals and Landscapes,” Boston, MA 2000. Randall Beck Gallery: Boston, MA 1993, 1991. Barbara Singer Fine Art: Cambridge, MA 1991. Coyote Gallery: Cambridge, MA 1989. Tufts University: “MFA Thesis Exhibition,” Cohen Arts Center, Medford, MA 1988. Modestino Gallery: Cambridge, MA 1987, 1986. New England School of Art and Design: Boston, MA 1986. Mott House: “The Comet and Other Phenomena,” Washington, DC 1986. Selected Group Exhibitions Arsenal Center for the Arts, “Big Print”, Watertown, MA 2016 FPAC Gallery, Fort Point Channel, “Mosaic Muse”, Boston, MA 2016 Art of Mosaic: Piecing it Together, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 2013 National Mosaic Exhibit on Cape Cod, 2011 Fancy Plants: Bentley University, 2010 Contemporary Mosaics: Attleboro Arts Museum, 2010 Boston Children’s Museum: “I See Trees,” 2009. Somerville Museum: “Art of Mosaic,” 2009. Milton Academy: “Design/Build,” 2009. Danforth Museum: Members Show, 2007 Boston Printmakers: North American Print Biennial, 2005. Peabody Essex Museum: “In Nature’s Company,” Salem, MA 2004. Cambridge Art Association: “Hot Colors,” (Best in Show Award), Cambridge, MA 2002. Tufts University: “Alumni Exhibition,” Aidekman Gallery, Medford, MA 2001. Acacia Gallery: Gloucester, MA 2000. Wiggin Gallery: “Women in Watercolor,” Boston Public Library, Boston, MA 2000. New Art Center: “Lasting Impressions: Looking at the Land,” Newton, MA 1997. Bernard Toale Gallery: “The Pet Show,” Boston, MA 1996. Albers Gallery: Memphis, TN 1994, 1992,1991. Pritam & Eames: East Hampton, NY 1992. Boston Center for the Arts: Boston, MA 1989. DeCordova Museum: “Explorations in Handmade Paper,” Lincoln, MA 1989. Fuller Museum of Art: “RISD Alumni in Boston,” Brockton, MA 1989. St. Botolph Club: Boston, MA 1988. Danforth Museum: “Symmetry and Pattern in Art and Nature,” Framingham, MA 1986. Brunnier Museum: “Images of the Universe,” Ames, IA 1986. New England School of Art and Design: “A Celebration of the Return of Halley’s Comet,” Boston, MA 1985. Rose Art Museum: “Boston Printmakers,” Waltham, MA 1985. Fuller Museum of Art: “Triennial Exhibition,” Brockton, MA 1983. Cambridge Arts Council: “Lofty Views and Heightened Perspectives,” Cambridge, MA 1983. The Boston Company The Boston Public Library Brigham and Women’s Hospital Brunnier Museum, Ames, IA Coopers & Lybrand Fidelity Investments Fogg Art Museum Goodwin Procter Harvard Business School Harvard Community Health Plan Selected Public Collections, Numerous Private Collections The Boston Company The Boston Public Library Brigham and Women’s Hospital Brunnier Museum, Ames, IA Coopers & Lybrand Fidelity Investments Fogg Art Museum Goodwin Procter Harvard Business School Harvard Community Health Plan Herman Miller Lahey Clinic Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts Mutual Corporation Montgomery Watson Harza Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Neiman Marcus New England Medical Center State Street Bank and Trust Valley Hospital, NJ Grants/Projects Herman Miller Lahey Clinic Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts Mutual Corporation Montgomery Watson Harza Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Neiman Marcus New England Medical Center State Street Bank and Trust Valley Hospital, NJ “City Square with Reflecting Pool,” 6’ X 6’ mosaic for Iron Street Park in Boston. Located on the corner of A Street and Iron Street in Boston, commissioned for this new park in Boston by a private client in 2014. Children’s Hospital, Waltham, MA: eleven-panel, oil-on-wood painting for the lobby, 2005. Grant from Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2005. For a ceramics program in the public schools, sponsored by the Dedham Cultural Council. John Hancock Financial Services: Frieda Garcia Park. Commission to create two mosaic murals incorporating children’s art from the community, 2004. Murals are 8’ X 10’ and 8’ x 22’. Broward County Cultural Affairs Office/Public Art Department, Florida: Public Art Commission to create paintings and printed materials for four libraries in Broward County, 2003. Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund Clinic, Boston, MA: eight panel mosaic for the reception area. Architect: Miller, Dyer, Spears, 2003. Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan International Airport, Terminal E, Boston, MA: Six digital reproductions of paintings. Project Coordinator: Urban Arts Institute, 2001. ”The Rare Tropical Cod,” part of the Cavalcade of Cod, a school of 5’5” fiberglass fish sculptures which were displayed throughout the city of Boston in the fall of 2000. Sponsored by Boston’s B2K Committee. Poster and button and display banners for First Night Boston, 1998. Grant from the City of Cambridge to create murals for the Cambridge Senior Center, 1995. Administered by the Cambridge Arts Council. Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 1994. Administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Grant from Arts on the Line, Cambridge, MA for temporary art in the subway including a 36-foot painting for the Kendall Square subway station, Cambridge, MA 1988. Grant from the Cambridge Arts Council for a mural for the Cambridge River Festival, installed in Inman Square, 1987. Poster for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1987. Publications Providence Journal, “Artists Put a Modern Face on Mosaics”, by Bill Van Siclen, May 2010 Ceramics Monthly, “Up Front,” volume 56, January 2008 Harvard Review 32, Spring 2007 Boston Athenaeum, Annual Report, 2006 Making and Decorating Stylish Screens: Cover Art, by Katherine Duncan Aimone, Lark Books, 2003. Cambridge Center for Adult Education: Catalog Cover, Spring, 2000. Paper Art: “Working From Pulp,” by Michael G. LaFosse, Quarry Books, 1998. Arts Media: “Lasting Impressions: Looking at the Land,” Mary Behrens, June, 1997. Boston Globe: “Perspectives,” Christine Temin, April 9, 1997. American Craft: “Commissions,” August/September, 1996. Art Plan: “Cambridge’s Multi-Purpose Senior Center,” Cambridge Arts Council, 1996. Boston Phoenix: “The Weekend,” November 2, 1990. Art New England: “Lisa Houck: A Long Walk to View Some Petroglyphs,” Meredith Fife Day, July/August 1989. Boston Sunday Globe: “A Happy Case of Life Imitating Art,” Anthony Tommasini, January 8, 1989. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Other Dimensions,”: Critic’s Tip, Christine Temin, April 21, 1988. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Views From the West,” Critic’s Tip, Christine Temin, October 22, 1987. Art New England: “Lisa Houck, Kendall Square Station,” Abstracts, Thomas Frick, October 1987. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Bright Universe,” Critic’ Tip, Robert Taylor, June 18, 1987. Boston Globe: “Perspectives,” Christine Temin, November 27, 1986. Boston Globe, Calendar: “Exhibits: Cosmic Happenings,” Critic’s Tip, Robert Taylor, May 8, 1986.

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