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Lori Schappe-Youens expresses her emotions through the combination of colour, texture and imagery onto her chosen substrate. Her work is often described as abstract expression which adequately represents the style of painting she has grown into.

Lori has worked for almost 30 years in two different continents and her style has developed accordingly. An intuitive painter, Schappe-Youens prefers not to “over think” the process as she begins a new work. Delving vigorously into the body of the piece it is only by the third or fourth layer that the story begins to unfold. Vacillating between loving colour and being moved by the energy and intensity of how the two properties play with one another visually, Lori longs for a neutral, quiet palette of whites and greys.

There is often a story the work ends up telling, an understanding of life’s mysteries, of humour and angst. Schappe-Youens reflects, “painting is a very personal journey, to lay yourself out naked for all to see and judge. It is a journey that I have chosen in this life and I cannot fathom doing anything else. It was etched into my bones and soul long before I entered this earth.”

Born in Madison Wisconsin, Lori studied Botany and Fine Art at the University of Wisconsin. She lived in Wisconsin and Michigan while painting and running a fine art gallery in Michigan for seven years until moving to South Africa in 1993. In 2012 she returned to Madison, Wisconsin where she paints out of her studio and raises her two kids and one goldfish.

Lori’s work is represented in several fine art galleries in the United States as well as South Africa.

2015
“Small Works” Group Exhibition, Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI
“Turbine” Art Fair Johannesburg, Carol Lee Fine Art
“Come Join Me Up Here” Two-Person Show with Mary Tomas
GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, USA
“On the Way to the Garden + finding where i need to be” Two-Person
show with Richard Jones. Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI, USA
“Wild and Domestic” Group Show Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI USA

2014
“New Artists” JGO Gallery, Park City Utah USA
April UW Health Science Gallery- Solo Show, Madison, WI USA
“Exquisite Corpse” Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI USA
“New Works” Liz Loubser Gallery, with Anthony Shapiro and Forestware
Johannesburg, RSA
“Repertoire” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2013
“Painting Invitational” Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI USA
“Know Place. Like Home” GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM USA
“Ancient/ Modern” Artisan Gallery, Paoli, WI USA
“4th Annual Exhibition” Group Exhibition, GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, USA
“Montage” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2012
“360 degree’s Jozie” Group Exhibition, Artspace JHB, Johannesburg, RSA
“Scene” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Anthro” Group Exhibition, GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM USA

2011
“A potter + a painter + a jeweller” w/Anthony Shapiro, Marchand Van Tonder
Schappe-Youens Studio, Johannesburg, RSA
“Creature Feature” Group Exhibition, GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM USA
“Measuring the Light” Solo Exhibition, GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM USA
“Spectrum” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“South Africa Seen Through the Eyes of it’s Artists” Art @ Swiss Inc. Geneva
“Source” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2010
“Source” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Here & There” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2009
“Enigma” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Expression” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2008
“Still Life” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Encounter” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Threesome” with Jaco Benade & Leon Muller, Carol Lee Fine Art, JHB, RSA
“Transform” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2007
“Project” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Impression” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Evidence” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Ordinary: Extraordinary” Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Water” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA

2006
“Summer Collection” with Marchand Van Tonder, Schappe-Youens Studio
Johannesburg, RSA
“Content” Group Exhibition, Carol Lee Fine Art, Johannesburg, RSA
“Without Hesitation” Solo Exhibition, Obert Contemporary, JHB, RSA
“Group Exhibition” Stewart Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA

2005
“Spring Collection” with Marchand Von Tonder, Schappe-Youens Studio
Johannesburg, RSA

2001
“Interpretation” Two-Women Exhibition, Johannesburg, RSA

1992
“50th Anniversary Celebration” Neville Public Museum, WI USA

1991
“The Nature of Things” Group Exhibition, Oasis Gallery, Marquette, MI USA

1986-1988
“Group Exhibitions” Deco Art Gallery, Menominee, MI USA

1985
“Growing” Women Artists of NE WI/ MI, William Bonifas Fine Art, USA

Artbank, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hollard Group, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hyatt Regency, Johannesburg, South Africa
USAID, Pretoria, South Africa
Khulisa Mgmt. Services, Johannesburg, South Africa
Cornastone, Johannesburg, South Africa
Winsert Inc. Marinette, WI USA
UW Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI USA

1980 – 1983 University of Wisconsin Fine Art Major
1984 University of Wisconsin Green Bay- Textiles, Papermaking, Art Therapy
1989 CUPPAD & Michigan Council for the Arts- Selected artist in paper making
1992 Selected Juror- “Art on the Rocks” and “Women in the Art’s in the 1990’s” Marquette, MI

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