Born in 1982, Lily Stockman is a painter based in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. Stockman graduated from Harvard University, and has apprenticed in Buddhist thangka painting at the Union of Mongolian Artists in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and studied Indian miniature painting in Jaipur, India. Stockman received her MFA in studio art from New York University in 2013, where she taught undergraduate painting. Most recently Stockman has exhibited work at Cheim & Read and Charles Moffett in New York, and Regen Projects in Los Angeles.
Stockman's reverence for the particular geographies central to 20th century abstract painting –from Milton Avery's New England coastline to Agnes Martin's desert southwest and Billy Al Bengston's Los Angeles– set her work upon the armature of American abstraction. Painting flat on sawhorses, Stockman builds up transparent and opaque layers of luminous oil to open up ecstatic space within the picture plane, revealing a subtle background, middleground, and foreground. Many of her paintings feature arcades, upside-down U’s, lozenges, and slopes– symmetrical, voluptuous shapes that mimic the body in the landscape and built environment.