2. Lisbeth Firmin

Commons Building
2nd Floor, 785 Main Street, Margaretville, NY
607 434-2521

Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist known for her urban landscapes. For over four decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group show across the country and internationally. She has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship (2007), Pollock-Krasner Grant (1999), full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Residency, the Vermont Studio Cenwter and Saltonstall Arts Colony.

Her paintings and prints are in several public collections including the New York Historical Society, Provincetown Art Association & Musuem, Munson Williams Procter Arts Institute, Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, University of Texas, Cape Cod Museum, and Hofstra University. She moved from NYC in 2000 to a small village in upstate NY, where she paints every day.


“I am a contemporary American realist whose paintings and prints explore the relationship between people and their urban environment. My urban landscapes follow in the tradition of earlier realists such as John Sloan and Edward Hopper, depicting today’s modern life in the streets, while reflecting modern themes of isolation and disconnection. Recently my work has moved a bit into painting people in an interior setting, capturing moments of pensiveness and solitude.”


“I did not pursue an academic art education, but studied independently with printmaker Seong Moy, and painters Philip Malicoat, Victor Candell, and Leo Manso in Provincetown in the early 70’s. My process involves bold applications of energetic marks and strokes, producing an abstract interplay of shapes that fall into place when viewed from a distance. I am not interested in producing a literal translation of my subject matter, I strive to ride the line between abstraction and realism.”


Driving Directions to Lis Firmin Studio, 785 Main Street, Margaretville

The Commons Building is opposite the stop light in Margaretville. From the municipal parking lot behind The Commons Building, enter the building and go up the stairs to Lisbeth’s studio.