Lily Greenwood. Photo by Nick Leyland

Lily Greenwood. Photo by Nick Leyland

My interest in the natural world began from an early age, growing up in rural Cumbria. My original paintings are inspired by multitude in nature (flocks, shoals, gatherings...) and the flow of that multitude, in glorified representation. My work is also influenced by eighteenth century printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, with their strong yet never garish colour palettes, and the beautiful patterns employed in Japanese kimono design.

I'm interested in finding out what it takes to create an appealing aesthetic - how to create a 'flow' and an energy. For me this involves striking a balance between presence and absence, dark and light, one colour next to another, symmetry and asymmetry, adding and taking away until something is 'right'.

A tenant at Manchester Craft and Design Centre for nine years, I now work from my home studio in the Cumbrian countryside, just to the north of the Lake District. My paintings usually employ an element of collage material, however rather than found material, I use paper copies of my own painting studies, a process I have gradually developed over a number of years. I continuously add to my own library of 'source' paintings, which are then reproduced and cut out ready to create a finished piece. The canvas backgrounds are painted with acrylics. When the collage has been secured in place, I use washes of inks, then may apply additional painted or drawn details. Finally a clear gloss varnish is applied, securing the collage, adding an opulent lustre, and bringing out the depth of colour.

I have been painting professionally since 2006, exhibiting widely throughout the UK during that time, and now feature in collections worldwide - including Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australia. I have also exhibited and sold work internationally, with shows in Barcelona and Amsterdam. In 2013 I was shortlisted for the New Lights Art Prize, which supports emerging young artists in the North of England. In January 2016, Saatchi Art featured my work in their 'One to Watch' artist series.

Purchases or commissions can easily be arranged via email if you contact me with your requirements.

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.

Tmesis, Manchester
Contact Theatre, Manchester
Degree show, Manchester Metropolitan University

Odd Bar, Northern Quarter and Odder, Oxford Road, Manchester
IDEAS - Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester
Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Greater Manchester

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

Garden of Delights, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
Blossom, Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester
Telfords Warehouse, Chester
Mooch Art, Manchester
Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester

On The Eighth Day Cafe, Manchester
Buy Art Fair, Urbis, Manchester
The Bowery, Leeds
Webbs Fine Art, Clapham, London
Portico Gallery, Moseley Street, Manchester

The White Gallery, Macclesfield
The Buy Art Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester

Sydenham Arts Festival, London
Delicate Mayhem, Covent Garden, London

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

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)

The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle (New Lights Art Prize)
The Brick Lane Gallery, London
The Fisher Theatre, Suffolk
Bean and Brush Family Art Cafe, Sale

Wall to Wall Gallery, Liverpool/Batley
Alpha Art, Edinburgh
George Thornton Art, Nottingham
Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

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

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