Lisa McCleary is an Irish-Australian artist currently living and working in New York. In 2018 she completed her MFA Degree at Parsons, The New School, NYC. McCleary has exhibited internationally with previous solo exhibitions in Sydney and New York City. Her upcoming solo show will be held at Shelf Gallery in Mexico City in February 2022. In 2021 McCleary has exhibited her work at MANIFEST Gallery, Dodomu Gallery, The Revelation Gallery, Colors of Humanity Gallery, Art Show International and Light Space & Time Gallery.

She has just been selected as a semi-finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition as part of the Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery, DC. In 2021, McCleary’s work was selected as Best in Show in Wet Paint, at Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, she also received a Highly Commended Award at International Art Show LA and a Special Merit Award at Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery.

McCleary has held a position at the Trestle Artist Residency, Brooklyn, the Art & Law Program, NYC, the Summer Painting Residency at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and the Vermont Studio Residency for which she received the VSC Merit Grant. In 2020, McCleary was included in The UK Sunday Times article ‘30 under 30: Ireland’s most promising artists.’

Artist Statement

Through the medium of oil paint my work captures imagery of the everyday in New York City to highlight the dystopian reality of the Covid-19 Pandemic. My practice focuses on the screen as a surface of mediation, protection, isolation, safety, and fear. I am constantly reminded of the courage of our Essential Workers during these unprecedented times, and their protection of and service to the community at large.

I recognize the screen as a barrier and charged index that both separates and unites us. This physical boundary functions as a space from which to consider our privilege and reflect upon our position as human beings during these unprecedented times. It is a barrier that mediates the body and incites questions regarding human desire and fear: the inability to touch during a global health crisis and the longing to connect.

My painting practice also considers haptic sensations and the representation and embodiment of touch. I create a space in which desire, tactility and the digital and real body are in play. I explore mediated corporeality, at turns rendering the body into an abject and sensuous landscape filtered through myriad screens.