Fred Lisaius’s painted works represent his personal journey to explore man’s relationship to the natural world, and to one another. His work explores topics like community, diversity, harmony and change all within a single composition. Lisaius often relies on iconic and symbolic imagery like trees, birds and flowers to convey his message, while keeping the imagery simple and naïve.
Lisaius’s “amber” sculptures are inspired by his mother’s collection of amber jewelry, inherited from her mother who immigrated to America from Lithuania. The insects trapped inside are a perfect snapshot in time, giving an insight to life from millions of years ago. Lisaius re-created this snapshot by casting resin around inclusions made from found objects (garbage) he collects on his travels, begging the question of how future generations will view this moment in time and how it reflects our fragile environment.
Fred Lisaius received a B.F.A. with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.) in 1981 and also studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. He has been a Northwest artist for over 20 years and his work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States.