Lily Greenwood. Photo by Nick Leyland
Lily Greenwood. Photo by Nick Leyland


Lily has been painting professionally since 2006, exhibiting widely throughout the UK during that time, and now features in collections worldwide - including Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australia. Lily exhibited overseas for the first time in 2012, with two shows in Barcelona, and one in Amsterdam. She now works from her studio on a sheep farm in Cumbria, just to the north of the Lake District.

Lily's work reflects a love of nature. Her original paintings are often inspired by multitudes in nature (flocks, shoals, gatherings...) and the flow of that multitude, in glorified representations. Lily’s paintings usually employ an element of collage material, however rather than found material, Lily uses paper copies of her own painting or printmaking studies. Koi fish, for example, are meticulously hand-painted, then reproduced, cut, and arranged in a composition on the canvas. Washes of inks are applied, and sometimes additional painted or drawn details, before a clear gloss varnish secures the work and adds an opulent lustre.

Work is often oriental in style; Lily is greatly influenced by the colours and aesthetics of eighteenth century printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, and Japanese kimono design. Lily is interested in finding out what it takes to create an appealing aesthetic - how to create a 'flow' and an energy. For Lily this means a search for balance and beauty. Overall her aims are simple – to create something the viewer can take enjoyment from.

In 2013 Lily was shortlisted for the New Lights Art Prize, which supports emerging young artists in the North of England. In January 2016, Saatchi Art featured Lily in their 'One to Watch' artist series.

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Selected Exhibitions and Events

Many of the following were ongoing exhibitions/stockists, date references first showing. Work has been exhibited at Studio 25 in Manchester Craft and Design Centre, over the period 2006 - 2015.
2005 Tmesis, Manchester Contact Theatre, Manchester Degree show, Manchester Metropolitan University 2006 Odd Bar, Northern Quarter and Odder, Oxford Road, Manchester IDEAS - Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Greater Manchester 2007 Littleborough Gallery, Littleborough IDEAS – Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester Whitworth Art Gallery Café, Oxford Road, Manchester On The Eighth Day Café, Oxford Road, Manchester Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge 2008 Garden of Delights, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford Blossom, Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester Telfords Warehouse, Chester Mooch Art, Manchester Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester 2009 On The Eighth Day Cafe, Manchester Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester The Bowery, Leeds Webbs Fine Art, Clapham, London Portico Gallery, Moseley Street, Manchester 2010 The White Gallery, Macclesfield The Buy Art Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester 2011 Sydenham Arts Festival, London Delicate Mayhem, Covent Garden, London
2012 Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Crafting History Exhibition Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport Barcelona Showcase, Casa Batlló, Spain Untitled BCN, Grazia, Barcelona, Spain The Art Market, Holmfirth Amsterdam Showcase, De Oude Kirk, Amsterdam 2013 Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Manchester Piccadilly, via Ventures in Art Great Sheffield Art Show, via Ventures in Art The Buy Art Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate (New Lights Art Prize) 2014 The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle (New Lights Art Prize) The Brick Lane Gallery, London The Fisher Theatre, Suffolk Bean and Brush Family Art Cafe, Sale 2015 Wall to Wall Gallery, Liverpool/Batley Alpha Art, Edinburgh George Thornton Art, Nottingham Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 2016 Enid Hutt Gallery, Kirkcaldy Christo Gallery, Glasgow Tallantyre Gallery, Morpeth Mitchell Gallery, Warwick Notable Clients Samson and Delilah (Australian/British Chamber Folk group) Granada Television, ITV The Art Group Calypso Cards, USA Sajeevta Foundation, Gujarat, India London Home Staging
2012 Untitled BCN exhibition, Barcelona Back to Top…