Lisa Nankivil is recognized for her distinctive linear abstractions in oil paint, lithography, mono-prints, and digital prints. Nankivil creates stripes with brushes aided by blades, squeegees, planks of cardboard and wood, and a T-square on wheels. Sometimes she scrapes and smudges lines together, or drips paint and lets gravity do the work. Through this process she builds up a tension between surface and deep space, and order and chaos. Richly hued bands of color and luminous intervals of light and shadow question our perception of value through an examination of opposites, and the complex beauty of dualism.
Lisa Nankivil exhibits her paintings and original prints nationally and internationally, most recently in Lisa Nankivil: Source Material, Recent Paintings & New Media Prints (2016), McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL, Editions/ Artists’ Books Fair 2016, New York, showing with Highpoint Editions, Art on the Plains XII, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, Delta National Small Print Exhibition 2016, Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro AR, On Edge: Hard Edge Abstraction, McCormick Gallery, Chicago, 2014 Minnesota Biennial, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul.
Nankivil’s work is found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; Clinton Foundation, New York; Surdna Foundation, New York; U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.; General Mills, Golden Valley, Minn.; Peregrine Capital Management, Minneapolis; Reyes Holdings, Chicago; and Winston & Strawn LLP, Geneva, Switzerland, and many others.
Nankivil is an artist-member of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, a prominent artist cooperative located in the historic North Loop District of downtown Minneapolis, where she maintains her principal painting studio and private press.