Lisa Marie Thalhammer is an award winning visual artist, well-known for her iconic thirteen color rainbow “LOVE” mural located in Washington’s Blagden Alley. Her artistic mission is to create paintings, portraits and public murals that uplift and empower. As a feminist activist and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Lisa Marie’s artworks frequently communicate messages of strength and hope. She has received numerous grants from the D.C. Commission on the Art and Humanities and in 2018 was named Best Artist by the Washington Blade Readers’ Choice Awards.
LISA MARIE THALHAMMER is known for her striking and powerful paintings, collages and public artworks that use portraiture, symbolism, color and shape to explore interconnectivity, raise consciousness and communicate uplifting messages. A longtime community activist, Thalhammer’s work frequently represents women in positions of power and hope. She exhibits fine artwork and paints large-scale public art murals in Washington, D.C., where she lives and works, in addition to other locations nationally and internationally.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer has received numerous grants from the D.C. Commission on the Art and Humanities. With this support she uses art as a tool to create positive social and economic change in the District of Colombia. After Thalhammer painted her first public mural “Boxer Girl,” the DC Metropolitan Police reported that crime decreased by 55% where the work was installed. Thalhammer co-founded DC Alley Museum in Washington DC’s Blagden Alley transforming the location into an outdoor museum and known destination with her iconic thirteen color “LOVE” mural.
Thalhammer is an accomplished fine artist whose paintings, drawings and collages have appeared in galleries and exhibitions across the nation and abroad. In Thalhammer’s artworks, striking eyes, expressive hands and angular limbs illustrate empowered figures, while “color networks” interlace shape and hue creating a beautiful interweaving of geometric shapes, conceptually referencing Thalhammer’s belief in interconnectedness and subtle energy. Her collages assemble bodies to create “lizard” creatures, which are then enthroned in fantasy landscapes inspired by the cosmos and the American highway.
EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Lisa Marie Thalhammer was born and raised outside St. Louis, where her family operated a truck stop that she worked at from an early age. After graduating with honors from an all-girl Catholic high school, she attended an early college residency at the Art Institute of Chicago before attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Thalhammer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a Women’s Studies Minor and Art History Concentration and received numerous awards including the Jacobs Prize, Hollander Family Foundation Award, Amsden Award, Daniel Macmorris Scholarship, Academic Support Scholarships and Warner Ferguson Service Scholarship.
PURPOSE & MISSION
Lisa Marie Thalhammer intends her work to be socio-political and creates art for a variety of public demonstrations. She is a long time member of and advocate for the LGBTQ community and protested the Smithsonian’s censorship of the artwork “Fire In My Belly” by David Wojnarowicz from the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Hide/Seek. This protest and her art was pictured in the New York Times. More recently she collaborated with the Women’s March On Washington to create parachute paintings to activate the march with art. Thalhammer’s parachute “Strong Women LOVE” was photographed and highlighted as a Washington Post homepage headlining image during the 2017 presidential inauguration weekend.