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Life As Art with Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar (MV)

  • The Hivery Mill Valley 38 Miller Avenue, #20 Mill Valley, CA 94941 (map)

Life as Art - The interesting careers of Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, so far.

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Ralph and Lisa are South African born, British artists now living in San Anselmo, California.

Twenty years ago, living in a beach house on a desert island in the Indian Ocean (with the first rumblings of internet access!), they set up a graphic art studio "Last Lemon Productions”. Through Last Lemon they've launched many creative projects into the commercial world of Licensing, achieving a few lovely successes dotted amongst many glorious failures.

Their move to Norcal ten years ago marked the start of a brilliant working relationship with Chronicle Books in San Francisco, with whom they have published over a dozen books.

In recent years Lisa and Ralph have both managed to successfully launch ’second’ (actually, third, that’s another story) careers as fine artists. Lisa makes “Glass Cathedrals” - sparkling miniature worlds in boxes. Ralph contemporaneously documents global politics, painting pieces in real time as the news unfolds.

Ralph and Lisa will share their experiences of being ’self-made’ - the pressures, the failures, but also the freedom and joy (and naps at noon).


This workshop is one of The Hivery's monthly member events. Mark your calendar for each Thursday from 12:30 to 1:45pm to join this and other signature programs. 
Pricing: $30 for Non-Members | Free for Members.

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. This is a BYO brown-bag lunch discussion. All are welcome!

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About Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

Last Lemon Productions, est. 1999, is the creative studio of Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar.

In 1999 Ralph & Lisa packed in their ‘proper jobs’ in London to move to a small island in the Seychelles (population 52), where they started their graphic art licensing business Last Lemon Productions.

Through Last Lemon they have sold more than a million books and their graphic properties have won a plethora of prizes and accolades, including making it onto the New York Times Bestseller list (2016), winning The Washington Post Book of the Week (2007) The Royal Society Prizes for Science Books (junior prize shortlist 2007) The US Parents’ Choice Award (shortlist non-fiction 2006). Since 2010 they have lived in San Anselmo, CA, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals are a series of miniature worlds in boxes, each one containing a sparkling parallel world, reflecting the poignancy, absurdity and beauty of our own.

Born and raised in Cape Town, Lisa moved to London as a teenager. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University (1991-4), followed by Art at Central St. Martins (1995) in London


Ralph Lazar is a South African-born, California-based artist. His first 20 years were spent in Africa, the next 20 in Europe, and the last 10 have been in California.

Ralph studied Economics at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. Previous workplaces include Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse (London). With a focus on monetary and exchange rate policy, he visited 36 countries.

Ralph launched his art career in October 2018 at The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles. He contemporaneously documents global politics with a focus on the US, creating pieces in real time as the news unfolds. His aim as an artist is to capture these times and his response to them. His work takes the form of stream-of-consciousness cardboard cut-out compilations, also inspired by the people, words and music that form the backdrop of his daily life. Recurring themes in his work are current affairs, race relations, Civil Rights, US Presidential history, the US Supreme Court and the US Constitution.

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