Folk Art and Bold Geometric Shapes Flourish in Lisa Congdon’s Joyful Paintings

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Folk Art and Bold Geometric Shapes Flourish in Lisa Congdon’s Joyful Paintings

A photo of a vibrant folk art painting with ships and animals on a white gallery wall

All images © Lisa Congdon, courtesy of Chefas Projects, shared with permission

A sense of lively optimism permeates Lisa Congdon’s work. Through vibrant palettes of yellows, pinks, and blues, the Portland-based artist pairs bold geometries with folk art symbols, rendering abstract compositions or minimal scenes that capture a joyful outlook. Her acrylic paintings are on view now at Chefas Projects as part of The Opposite of Sorrow, a solo show that considers what it means to be positive.  “One cannot know joy without also knowing darkness,” Congdon says, sharing that her practice originated as an antidote to depression. “It was through art that I began to see and feel the beauty of life and to feel happy for the first time.”

The Opposite of Sorrow is on view through February 11. If you’re in Portland, Congdon runs a shop with originals, prints, and other goods. Otherwise, find more of her paintings and illustrations on her site and Instagram.

A photo of a vibrant folk art painting with birds and flowers on a white gallery wall

A photo of two paintings of minimal figures with flowers

A photo of a vibrant folk art painting with birds and flowers on a white gallery wall

A photo of two vibrant geometric paintings with flowers and shapes

A photo of a vibrant painting with clouds and colorful lines on a white gallery wall

A photo of a vibrant folk art painting with flowers and an eye on a white gallery wall

#acrylic #birds #folk art #Lisa Congdon #painting

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