Lisa Brice studied painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. After graduating in 1990 she focused on wall artworks, installations and sculptural pieces, combining steel with found objects and domestic materials, but returned to painting in the early 2000s. ‘Uncertainty is central to painting, and its strength, and that’s very much what attracted me back to the medium,’1 Brice said in 2010.
This work was shown on Lisa Brice’s first solo exhibition in Cape Town since 1999, Base One Two Three, in 2007. Thematically occupied with coming of age and adolescent sexuality, many of the exhibition’s works were based on photographs
of contemporary teenagers at school dances and parties, ‘snapped in the dark in pools of light much like infrared,’2 says Brice. The rushing ebbs and flows of young desire and the ambiguities of intense emotion, introspection and uncertainty are suggested through the urgent handling of her chosen medium.3
Lisa Brice exhibited at Tate Britain, 2018.