Lisl Barry (neé Boonzaier) was originally a graphic art graduate from Cape Town (Cape Technikon 1991 majoring in Printmaking and Photography). She lived for 23 years with her nature conservation husband and their two young daughters, on a remote nature reserve in the Little Karoo (Gamkaberg). They relocated to Oudtshoorn in 2017 where she now has a studio-gallery. This lifestyle of being immersed in nature has had a great influence on her work and the way she sees the world. She is passionate about the environment and natural living.
She began painting watercolours in earnest in 1985 at the age of 15 and oils in 2001. Her graphic design background (pre digital
technology) shaped the way she sees everyday scenes around her as a graphic interplay of light, colours and shapes; she is
constantly aware of the striking and the subtle patterns within them; and of the tensions and energies created between shapes
and lines. And how all of these aspects can be used within her compositions to inspire emotion.
She believes that art, in any form, is vital to opening our eyes anew to the world around us; to make us see everyday things
or situations in a way which we may not have previously experienced and, with regards to her own work specifically,
to reflect upon our relationship as humans to the environment – on a local and global level.
Exhibiting in group exhibitions since 1993, her work forms part of collections locally and abroad.
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– 1970 born Lisl Boonzaier
– 1985 at 15 began an exploration in painting watercolour landscapes.
– 1988 Matriculated from Wynberg Girls High School, Cape Town.
– 1989 to 1991
studied Graphic Art (majoring in Printmaking and Photography) at Cape Technikon, Cape Town.
Lecturers included Leon Vermeulen, Alma Voster and Eunice Geustyn
– 1992 Art Designer for small printing company, George
– 1993 relocated to Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, Little Karoo. Metamorphosed into Lisl Barry.
– 1995 to 2002
while living on Gamkaberg Nature Reserve: Creative Director-Designer and Illustrator for
Jacana Publishers’ environmental book series. 2002 metamorphosed into motherhood.
participated in various group exhibitions consistently at Strydom Gallery (George), Prince Albert Gallery (Prince Albert),
and ArtKaroo Gallery (Oudtshoorn).
– 2007 a finalist of Veleka Art Competition, Arts Association of Bellville.
– 2008 authored 52 Ways to Grow Creative Children (published by Jacana Publishers)
– 2013 onwards
full time artist working from own studio-gallery in Oudtshoorn, Little Karoo
March 2011 ‘Bridging the Gap’ group exhibition, Art Karoo KKNK, Oudtshoorn
July 2011 Winter group exhibition, Strydom Gallery George
August 2011 Solo – ArtKaroo Gallery, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival
March 2012 ‘Water As Muse’ group exhibition, Art Karoo KKNK, Oudtshoorn
July 2012 Winter group exhibition, Strydom Gallery George
August 2012 ‘3 Rooms’, with Hein Botha and Judy Bumstead – ArtKaroo Gallery, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival
March 2013 ‘Hart en Siel’ group exhibition, Art Karoo KKNK, Oudtshoorn
July 2013 Winter group exhibition, Strydom Gallery George
August 2013 ‘A Pause in the Music’ 2 Man exhibition, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
February 2014 ‘Karoo Contrasts’ group exhibition, Young Bloods Gallery, Cape Town
April 2014 ‘Creation From Turmoil’ group exhibition, Art Karoo KKNK, Oudtshoorn
August 2014 ‘Essence of the Karoo’ 2 Man exhibition, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
‘This is Me’ group exhibition, Calitzdorp Art Gallery
September 2014 First Thursday Initiative group exhibition, Young Bloods Gallery, Cape Town
‘Bringing Art Back Home’ group exhibition, Prince Albert Gallery, Prince Albert Art Festival
November 2014 ‘Symphonies’ group exhibition, Rabbit Room Gallery, Fancourt George
March 2015 ‘The Nature of Art’ group exhibition, Art Karoo KKNK Oudtshoorn
– 50% of the sale of Lisl’s piece ‘Blind Man’s Bluff’ was donated to GreenPop towards their reforestation program.
August 2015 2 Man exhibition, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
March 2016 ‘DELF’ group exhibition, Art Karoo, KKNK Oudtshoorn
August 2016 ’Shades in the Shadows’ 2 Man exhibition, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
September 2016 ‘Something out of Nothing’ group exhibition, Prince Albert Gallery, Prince Albert Art Festival
March 2017 ‘Seeing the Wood and the Trees’ 2 Man exhibition, KKNK Oudtshoorn
August 2017 2 Man exhibition, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
‘Krans&Kloof’ group exhibition, Art Karoo, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
April 2018 Open studio, KKNK Oudtshoorn
June 2018 ‘Alchemical Procedure’ group exhibition, Think Art, Plettenberg Bay Arts Festival
August 2018 Open studio, Klein Karoo Klassique Festival, Oudtshoorn
April 2018 Open studio, KKNK Oudtshoorn