NYC, Chelsea, Artist Lisa Beth Older is a contemporary action style painter born in Hartford, Connecticut. She lost her mother to breast cancer when she was only six years old. Growing up in Florida she was sent to live from pillar to post with relatives and other individuals. At age 16 she took to the road ending up in California where she lived in a Teepee up in the mountains painting, writing poetry, and playing the guitar. “Pain felt natural to me, but art was my ultimate medicine.”
She joined the LA Comedy Store as an MC and by studying acts such as Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Andy Kaufman, the moment finally came when she got to perform along with the likes of Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman and as a standup performer opened up for such rock groups like the Circle Jerks. She became a regular act at the Comedy Store Belly Room and got to work with the iconic Andy Kaufman in his famous wrestling act. Later she went on tour, arrived in New York City and joined the Comic Strip, Rodney Dangerfield and Catch a Rising Star.
Lisa Beth Older is primarily a self-taught artist, and in the 80’s she lived for four years in the East Village on Avenue A where she trained with abstract artist Fredda Mekul who served as her mentor. Lisa Beth was an integral part of the East Village art scene, throwing art parties which drew regular crowds of creative people. One-night Joey Ramone stumbled over the threshold to become a lifelong friend. Her art is influenced by the energy and cross cultures of New York City reflected in her art that is visceral and tactile rather than intellectual.
Being an abstract painter fascinated with texture and layers and that everything builds on everything, she feels that it’s important to preserve and carry on the American tradition of Abstract Expressionism. If you like artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Lee Krasner, whom to her amazement she’s often being compared to she feels that there’s a good chance you’d probably love her art as well. “I like to think that I continue to build on their advancements and legacy.