Art has always been my passion: I believe that it should be about pleasure and the senses: it should touch your soul and stir something inside you, always giving you something back.... Through the medium of paint, colour has the ability to create its own visual language: a language which like music, bypasses the mind and connects directly to the soul - it is this language of emotions and connection which I am trying to speak...
Creating an environment of beautiful aesthetics with good energy has always been a constant theme throughout Lisa Sharpe's professional practice as Shoe Designer, Art Dealer and practising Artist.
Her artistic journey started at the age of 21 when she set up her own business designing handmade silk shoes. Having designed the bridesmaids' shoes for the Duke and Duchess of York's Royal Wedding, she was then selected as shoe designer for the BBC "Bride of the Year" TV series, commissioned by Tatler and Stella Artois to design a pair of shoes using a beer can and had won a major Conde Nast Fashion Award by the time she was 25.
Lisa later went on to follow her passion for art by working for several art galleries and in 2006, set up Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art in order to help private collectors build personalised art collections. Lisa continues to source works of art for select private clients whilst focusing most of her time on her own artistic practice at her Hampshire studio.
Writing has always been a part of her creative process and together with exploring vibrational energy fields, a constant theme throughout her work, she can be found exploring ways of visually capturing energies and emotions: making what's not physical, physical.
My artistic practice is about connecting to the energy within me and creating a partnership with paint: I am not trying to harness the paint in any way, in fact what I am trying to do is breathe life into it, so that it feels vibrantly alive and in the flow. And it is this expression of vitality, aliveness and energy, which I hope, is sensed and felt by the viewer.
In 2016, Lisa started collaborating with Swiss gemologist and jewellery designer Doris Hangartner to create Gem Art Fusion: a unique concept of matching a painting with its resonating gemstone. The fusion of stone and painting create perfect synergy as the two together, become more than the sum of their individual parts: this unique alignment of two beautiful energies creates a profoundly deep visual and sensory experience.
Lisa sits on art panels, charity fund-raising committees and has written numerous articles on collecting art; she has been a supporter of the charity Children & The Arts for several years.
I believe that connecting children with the Arts can change a child's life forever: Children & the Arts focuses its attention on children from less fortunate backgrounds where going to an art gallery, museum or theatre is not the norm. This pleasure of experiencing paintings, sculpture, dance or theatre first hand, gives children a deeper understanding of what self-expression is all about and the different forms it can take; I believe that this extra layer of personal experience where children witness others express themselves creatively, helps in the positive development of all children and opens their hearts to the pleasure of the Arts.
Lisa Sharpe's 2016/17 Exhibition at Grace Belgravia, London