Lisa Chandler was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. Her art practice involves global wandering to experience places and spaces, punctuated by intense months of studio-based work. Chandler’s practice reflects an obsession with transitional urban spaces and the crowds that inhabit them. Her paintings investigate the tensions between place and non-place. Urban structures and people intertwine through a process of layering, obliterating and tracing. Images are painted in, painted out and painted over. The history in the layers of paint traces the transformation of urban space.
Chandler has a MFA (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, New Zealand. She presented her thesis paper ‘Negotiating the Non-Place’ at the Affective Landscapes Conference at the University of Derby, England in 2012. In that same year she completed an art project at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. In 2013 she undertook a residency in Singapore and in 2014, she spent two months on the Red Gate Residency in Beijing.
During 2015, three of the China Dream paintings have been finalists in New Zealand awards – the National Contemporary Art Award, the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award. In 2016, Chandler will be taking up a four month residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany.