“The human form is the source of my inspiration,” explains painter Debra Lott. “It is content that proves inexhaustible as well as dynamic. My art making reflects the human experience, specifically, women adjusting to and coping with contemporary challenges. I never seem to lose interest in individual expressions and the complexity of the human spirit.”
Lott’s work has always been concerned with the need, “…to create awareness and to promote the position of women with a visual expression of their spirit,” and her newest work expresses that theme with a slightly sardonic edge. In these three images we see gangly, exaggerated limbs rendered with harder, more defined contrast in color and tone, and in “At Arm’s Length”, we get just a glimpse of faces, just as exaggerated, but emphasizing the terse humor in the slightly garish expressions.
Regionally, Lott’s work has been showcased at The Center for Women and Families, as well as Family Scholar House with work purchased by University Of Louisville Women’s Commission. Her Elderly Woman exhibit was chosen for a segment on Insight Communications Network, Villionaire Series including an interview about her work and technique. Several of Lott’s pieces have been juried in to the 54thand 55th Mid States Art Exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Arts, IN and Louisville’s Water Tower Regional Juried Exhibition. Most recently she was in two juried university exhibits: The Art at the X National Juried Exhibition, Xavier University, Cincinnati, “Multicultural Expressions of Faith”, Award of Excellence, 2013, and The Chautauqua National Exhibition, Eastern Kentucky University, 2015.
“My immediate future goal as an artist is to continue my feminist social commentary paintings as I spotlight the media’s unethical and idealistic portrayal of women. I have received my third grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women (2016) and look forward to this opportunity to use my skills as an artist to advance our society’s recognition of the merit of all women. The artwork produced with this grant is in the upcoming exhibit.”
Human-Nature, a two-person show featuring Debra Lott and Mike McCarthy at PYRO Gallery in Louisville runs August 25 –October 8, 2016, with an Artist’s Reception, Friday, August 26th, 6-9pm
At Arms Length
oil on canvas, 36x60in, 2016Buy Now
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Name: Debra Lott
Hometown: Lake Worth, Florida
MAT with a concentration in painting, Florida Atlantic University, a BA in Art Education, Palm Beach Atlantic University