"Heathcliff", 30 x 22", acrylic on paper

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Churning Finger Painting Land and Seascapes

Adding more medium to my acrylic paints, I started to cut in on a new landscape canvas. The underlying abstraction, "Whoosh" had so much energy, I didn't want to change a thing. This led to works on paper to work it on out. "Heathcliff", 30x22" on paper is shown above.
Upbeat color and a loose approach give my paintings and collages their joie de vie.
My largest ongoing series are of the "Unstill Life" series, "Fiesta" series and the "Personal Archaeologies" Collage series. My new "Trees" series of the last three years is leading me into a new land and seascape direction as well.
I have worked with many Art Consultants on hotel, hospital, residential and corporate projects from my home base in Los Angeles (Venice) for the last 25 years.
View my works on my web site or my Facebook Fanpage where you can "like" me!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Visiting other artist's works has become a big part of my life as an artist.
Recently I was invited to view the 12 Apostles painted by Zhenya Gershman at Harris and Ruble Law firm in Hollywood. Zhenya was an instructor at the Getty Museum many years ago when my husband and I took a two Sunday workshop in modeling the head in oil clay on a support. We loved the class and along with the instruction was a great 17th/18th century collection of busts for us to view including many of Napoleon.
Zhenya used living male models and made her format tall and slender. The space she showed them in was a fluted Rotundra in a restored Hollywood Building by Marcella Ruble and her husband, the Principles of the Law firm. The 12 Apostles stood approximately 7 feet tall by 2 feet wide. It was something to be surrounded by her slightly expressionist version of highly skilled draughtsmanship. Link to images http://www.artslant.com/la/events/show/130788-xii-apostles-paintings-by-zhenya-gershman
Over the weekend, we stumbled down our street toward the beach at the Pacific Ocean here in Venice and came upon Anne Faith Nicholls new CURIO shop with a yellow old timey vertical sign amoungst the artist's studios.
New to the neighborhood, she has a very 'on trend' style that relates to neighboring shops like OBSOLETE and to the Barkers at the beach offering a glimpse of a two headed turtle. Her works are embued with the turn of the 20th century and the 21st. Signage and anime and the traces of Mark Ryden's big eyed characters in a narrative and Lari Pittman's references to silhouetted Victorian design, they seem very current and old timey
concurrently. She also sells antiques picked up from her travels to Paris, London and Venice, Italy. www.annefaithnicholls.com
Links for both are on the Other Artists Links List to the left

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Trees" collection to be shown at Lido Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan

Lido Gallery will be having their Grand Opening in their new space in Birmingham, Michigan on October 8th.
My collection of six canvases demonstrating my love of "Trees" will be part of the opening exhibititon. I grew up not far from there and loving the rush of falling autumn leaves was one of my greatest pleasures. Michigan is a verdant place full of promise in the fall.
A triptych of 4x2' canvases called "By the Lake" will be featured.
Other pieces include "Canopy" 4.5x4', Graceful Arbor", 4x3' and "Fancy Trees" 4x2'.
Lido Gallery 33535 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, Michigan, 48009

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Paintings at Seidman Gallery

Seidman Gallery is moving from Santa Monica to Culver City in the fall after 16 years on Main Street, just north of Ocean Park. Next door to the gallery is where Diebenkorn had his famous studio where he painted the Ocean Park series in Los Angeles. I have had 10 solo exhibitions at Seidman Gallery in the last 16 years. We hung 3 canvases there yesterday for the summer season.
Drop by and see them T-S 11-6 and Sundays 1-4 before the end of August.
The painting in front is "Bouquet",4x2',acrylic on canvas and to the left in back are "Roses Are Red",4x3' and "Starry Night", 4x2', acrylic on canvas by Joyce Lieberman.

Monday, July 5, 2010

New Book of my Paintings available through lulu.com

IT's in it's second draft already and I see how it could be endlessly reworked. For my first published book of my paintings I chose to narrow the selection to Floral Paintings on Canvas made between 1990 and 2010.
I also chose soft bound and just over 20 pages. The thrill of seeing the works all together is really something. In the second draft which is now available, I made a list at the back of all the titles and dimensions of the works in order of when they appear.
The format didn't allow for titling each work as you see it.
I admit I went over my first master copy titling each image with a sharpie on my own book.
Very exciting venture, check it out. I have it posted on my links to the left so you can see or even buy it if you like.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on self publishing.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Donation to the Bentley Historical Library

My Aunt Constance Davies Abernathy was a big inspiration and irritation to me. She was very artistic and lived a bigger than life existence as far as I could tell while growing up in suburban Detroit in the swingin '60's.
She was my only aunt, my mother's younger sister and was off in Europe designing buildings and hanging in the Swingin' Paris of the 50's and 60's smoking Galoise cigarettes and sending fussy French dolls to my sister and I twice a year at birthday and Christmas. I had a whole shelf full of them.
We couldn't consider them ours until we wrote the thank you notes and even after that, they weren't really to be played with.
She married JT Abernathy, the potter while at college at the Unviersity of Michigan in Ann Arbor and worked with Buckminster Fuller on a geodesic Unistrut building that lived outside the old Architecture and Design Building at U of M. It was still there when I started art school in the mid 70's.
Her birthday was last week, she would have been 79. She died 16 years ago
and I have had some books she made inthe mid 50's sitting in a box on my
shelf for years.
I thought to show them to Zoltan Pali, a fabulous local architect at Studio Pali Fekete in Culver City. He thought that the U of M might be interested in them. So last week I took them to the Bentley Historical Library on North Campus in Ann Arbor next to the Gerald Ford Library and across the street from the Art School where I finished my degree in the 70's. They were very interested in the books and willing to freshen them up with new plastic and scan the images for me to have some of. The Bentley Historical Library has a great workshop where they treat items with the utmost archival respect. Constance Davies Abernathy gets her own file there. I sent more scans of pictures of her at various stages of her life as they requested. My sister said that it was nice birthday present for her. She always remembered ours.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Huge photographs of Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper died yesterday at 74 and everyone is talking about his movies.
I first saw his fabulous photographs printed door size of graffiti on walls in Europe at James Corcoran Gallery in Santa Monica in 1992. The show was beautiful. I had known he shot pictures of graffiti in and around Venice,Ca where we both lived but they were small and just ok. These door sized prints were evocative of decorative beautiful art and still had their travel sense of grit. I was in a room full of them at the brief lived James Corcoran gallery in Santa Monica near Nebraska & 29th.
In 2006 ACE gallery on Wilshire near La Brea (there are 2 locations)
which took up a city block of the 2nd floor of an old department store, had a huge restrospective for Dennis's photographs, some billboard size.
Many referenced his film career. There is a link to those shots in my other artists links.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kim Cheselka, Alice Neel and Jacob Samuel!

What an interesting week.
Jimm and I were invited to dinner at artist Kim Cheselka's home Tuesday night. We had homemade pasta dinner prepared by her visiting Italian brother in law who knew how to use my homegrown fennel and loved our homegrown loquats. He chopped the fresh fennel stems into the sauce and blanched the tops and added them later. See Kim's willow sculptures on my Other Artist links list.
Thursday night, we walked to L A Louver in Venice to see the Alice Neel show of figurative paintings ranging from 1940-80. The subtext of the collection was the difference in styles of dress over the years spanned.
There was a portrait of Red Grooms and one of Lionel Pauling with women at their sides. The crowd was really interesting and as we stayed in the room, everyone looked like good subject matter for one of these paintings.
Saturday night, we went to the Armand Hammer Museum in Westwood to see the newly collected Archive of etchings by Jacob Samuel. Jacob Samuel printed the works of Sam Francis before his death and has worked with over 40 artists in the last 22 years creating folios of works with each of them. He worked with Ed Moses and Ed Rushka at least twice at intervals.
It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to see his immense body of work. HUGE was the word that came to mind. Jacob will be giving at least 3 walkthroughs on Thursday evenings and one Sunday with different
themes to his discussions of the work. There is so much. For more info:
See my Other Artist links for Kim Cheselka, Alice Neel and Jacob Samuel.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Sweet Springtime"

"Sweet Springtime", 4x3',
NEW canvas by Joyce Lieberman.

I saw this ultra mid century table at G2 Gallery on Abbott Kinney. It was 3 tiered and kidney shaped and had cool lines I couldn't remember right so I went with semi kidney here. The actual table is a prototype by a budding local furniture designer RETROWOOD using solid burma teak with walnut legs.
G2 Gallery is a nature photopraphy gallery in Venice, California.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Got some fan mail and she had a great interview question

Rose found one of my prints at a Salvation Army in Henderson, Nevada,
copied my name down and wrote to me that I am now her favorite living artist. They must be the prints from that hung at Treasure Island on the strip in Vegas selected by Steve Wynn when he owned the hotel.
They remodel and the work just gets liquidated. Rose asked some good interview questions. My answer is first and her questions are below.

What great interview questions, those are so to the point.
I became interested in art in a serious way in the 7th grade.
I loved Vincent Van Gogh and was caught up in the romance
of being able to not conform. I painted murals and had a very good friend that discussed art and painted with me, she was influenced by Picasso.
I really didn't know that was where she was getting her info from.
She makes mosaics now. www.eraybeemosaics.com
I did study art in grade school and graduated high school as the art Student of my Class with an award.
I went to Art School within the big University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then to Graduate Art School within the big University of Texas in Austin.
I pursued all sorts of avenues in Public Art, Teaching, Exhibiting and Curating Exhibitions.
I moved to Los Angeles in 1983 with the hopes of making my work more salable so I could earn a living from just creating it.
I met art consultants who showed me I could sell my work without exhibiting it and that most sales were outside the show situation.
I made a gazillion works on paper.
In 1990 I began to show at Pacific Gallery in Laguna Beach.
That year I started the basic black vase series and the collage series which became the "UNstill Life Series" and the "Personal Archaeology Series".
I became repped by Studio 84 West and they placed my collages and then later the "Fiesta Series" based on the "Unstill Life Series" in galleries all over the country.
Everyone thought of Matisse when they looked at them.
I started with observation of a set up still life for the first few Still Lifes and every now and again go back to that, but the true excitement of my work grew from self referencing and doing a lot of pieces, each one taking off from an earlier one.
I like to pick an earlier work to look at as I begin but I am looking for great color and movement and texture and sort of a mood more than an observation of a setup. It became like a personality that grew over time.
I love de Kooning's abstractions and Milton Avery and Matisse's use of narrative space. I love Dufy's drawing with shifting color patches underneath.
Thanks so much for asking Rose.


A couple of questions for you. Who are your favorite artists and how in the world did you learn to paint such beautiful art peices? Did you go to a art school of some kind or self taught?


Friday, April 23, 2010

"Genie's Garden"

Just photographed "Genie's Garden" this morning. It's a new canvas from my ever unfolding "Unstill Life Series". It is 5x4', acrylic on canvas by Joyce Lieberman.
A huge wind blew through Los Angeles on Wednesday.
It felt like the opening to the Wizard of OZ. My neighbor, John blew by and I showed him the new piece. It struck him that the flowers appeared to come streaming out and all around like out of A Jini's bottle. We discussed how to spell Jini, Genie, Jeannie(I dream of).
I try to keep a central focal theme, like a vase and a tabletop, but the spirit of abstraction takes over me as I approach the rest of the space.
I love de Kooning and the automatic writing of the abstract epressionists.
I love Dufy and Matisse. I love layers of marks and paint.