Artists’ Studio: Lélia and Lyora Pissarro
Contemporary artists Lélia and Lyora Pissarro will be setting up a temporary art studio in the lower gallery where visitors can observe the culmination of two artworks over the weekend. An exercise that is embedded in the Pissarro family practice, the pair will work side by side on separate paintings that share the same topic. Belonging to the largest family of artists in the Western art world, visitors will have a unique opportunity to witness the creative process of mother and daughter from start to finish.
Lélia Pissarro is the third and youngest child of the artist Hugues-Claude Pissarro and art dealer Katia Pissarro. Until the age of 11, she lived with her grandparents, Paulémile Pissarro, the youngest son of Camille Pissarro, and his wife Yvonne, in Clécy, Normandy. Paulémile nurtured her interest in art, teaching her the fundamental Impressionist and Post-Impressionist techniques learned from his father and his brothers. After returning to Paris Lélia’s father, who then leaned toward conceptual art, took over from Paulémile as Lélia’s teacher. Today Lélia paints largely abstract works as part of her contemporary practice and has held exhibitions internationally.
The often dream like landscapes of Lyora Pissarro’s works have in common the artist’s embrace of her artistic heritage. On the paintings of her great-grandfather Paulémile, Lyora describes how she loses herself in the stillness of his landscapes. Belying a subtle complexity that revolves around her attempt to understand the artistic language developed over generations of artists, Lyora embraces both traditional techniques and modern technology. Described as the ultimate young painter in GQ magazine, Lyora Pissarro has held solo exhibitions in both New York and Texas, and her work has been exhibited in San Francisco and London.