The Painting Center is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Beyond the Sun by artist Lisa Petker Mintz in the Main Gallery. The exhibition will run from April 25 – May 20, 2023 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 8 pm.

Lisa Petker Mintz’s surfaces hold sprawling movements and splashes of vibrant pigment. Overlapping transparent shapes informed by nature, inspired by the artist’s morning strolls, respond to moments dense with loosely gestured marks. Materials, mark-making, and experimentation are critical to the artist’s process. The artist works from all sides of the canvas, shifting and transforming with each layer of color and material, a reminder that reality is never still.

Petker Mintz is a prolific artist whose process is long and complex. Working on five to twelve paintings at a time, the canvases sweep cinematically across the studio walls. Like nature’s shifting moods, each canvas is suspended in different states of completion, waiting for the artist’s attention. Scissors, brushes, pencils, a spray bottle, palette knife, and an airbrush are just some of the tools used. Petker Mintz leaves no process left unused. Applications of paint move between fast, slow, messy, neat, and sparse. The artist’s excitement of materials and process is palpable. The viewer is compelled to step back and take in what feels chaotic at first sight. Then the sensation of curiosity draws us in. We are pulled closer into the layers, so curiously close we practically push our noses against the glossy surface to gaze into the artist’s world. In a recent painting, Fallen Leaves, Lisa has expanded her ideas on surface through the use of rice painting, and chine collé applications.

Lisa Petker-Mintz is an artist and curator from New York. She has studied art at Parsons School of Design (BFA), affiliated with The New School and SUNY at Buffalo (BA). She received her M.Ed. at Queens College. She attended workshops at Columbia University, Cooper Union, and Yale. Lisa Petker Mintz has also participated in an Artist Residency at M. David & Co in Bushwick. To keep current on her artistic practice she has attended classes at The Crit Club and The Crit Lab. Her curatorial projects include New Optics (2020), and Break of Day, Edge of Night (2022), both at The Painting Center in NYC. Exhibitions include the Islip Museum; Alfred Van Loen Gallery, Huntington, NY; Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, Denise Bibro, NYC,; M.David & Co., Bushwick, NY; and The Painting Center, NYC.