Lily Stockman (b. 1982, Providence; works in Los Angeles. MFA NYU 2013, BA Harvard 2006.) Stockman’s work combines her affinity for environmental studies with her reverence for the language of American abstract painters of the twentieth century: Milton Avery’s New England coastline, Agnes Martin’s desert southwest, and Billy Al Bengston’s Los Angeles, to name a few. Stockman’s paintings amalgamate subconscious ideas into her own visual language, which features symmetrical, voluptuous shapes that are drawn from nature and give hints to plants, birds, and places. Stockman creates her works flat on sawhorses and builds them up layer by layer, using various oils and thinning solvents to manipulate the opacity of each coat of paint. Stockman’s use of color and shape draws on her lifelong affinity for horticulture, agriculture, and environmental studies. With respect to her exploration of the floating figure in a delineated space, as well as her light touch and confident freehand line, she is influenced by significant time spent in Mongolia as an apprentice in Buddhist thangka painting and a year spent in Jaipur studying miniature painting. Stockman has exhibited with Cheim & Read in New York, Timothy Taylor in London, and Regen Projects in Los Angeles.