Lisa Sharpe is a British Artist and Contemporary Art Dealer: having been involved in the world of Art & Design for nearly three decades, primarily as a Contemporary Art Dealer, Lisa has many long-standing relationships with other art dealers, artists and galleries.
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...
Lisa Sharpe's artistic journey started at the age of twenty-one when she moved to Hong Kong and set up her own business designing handmade silk shoes. Returning to the UK, her designs became hugely sought after and she went on to design the bridesmaids' shoes for the Duke and Duchess of York's Royal Wedding. Lisa was then selected as the shoe designer for the BBC TV series "Bride of the Year", won a major Conde Nast Award, worked closely with many of London's top dress designers & couture houses and one of her more unusual commissions was by Tatler and Stella Artois to create a pair of silk shoes out of a beer can.
Lisa then went on to work in the art world for several decades, whilst also bringing up her family and taking a break to go to art school as a mature student. Having worked for other art galleries for many years, in 2006 she founded Lisa Sharpe Contemporary Art in order to offer her clients a wider and more varied collection of artwork by working closely with other dealers, galleries and artists.
Lisa continues to source and commission paintings; figurative sculpture; wildlife sculpture and other works of art for private and corporate collectors whilst also focusing much of her time on her own artistic practice.
My artistic practice is about connecting to the energy within me and creating a partnership with paint: I am not trying to harness or shape 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: this unique alignment of two beautiful energies creates a profoundly deep visual and sensory experience.
Lisa has always felt the importance of connecting children with their own creative expression and 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 beleive that this extra depth of personal experience early on in life by witnessing others express themselves creatively, really helps in the positive development of all children.