Lily Greenwood

Lily Greenwood

Cumbria, United Kingdom

About Lily Greenwood

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 home studio in Cumbria, just to the north of the Lake District.

Lily's work reflects a love of nature, instilled from an early age. Original paintings are inspired by multitude 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 studies. For example, butterflies 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 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 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'.

Lily would be happy to discuss commissioned pieces.

Education

BA (Hons) Interactive Arts
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Exhibitions


2020
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Dogtooth Gallery, Chester
Upfront Gallery, Cumbria

2019
Manchester Art Fair, Manchester Central
Stories Art Gallery, Mayfair, London
Royal Geographical Society, London

2018
Manchester Art Fair, Manchester Central

2017
Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition, Rheged Centre
(Runner up, People's Choice Award)

2016
Enid Hutt Gallery, Kirkcaldy
Christo Gallery, Glasgow
Tallantyre Gallery, Morpeth
Mitchell Gallery, Warwick
Upfront Gallery, Cumbria

2015
Wall to Wall Gallery, Liverpool and Batley
Alpha Art, Edinburgh
George Thornton Art, Nottingham
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Cheshire
Bristol AAF
Battersea AAF

2014
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
The Brick Lane Gallery, London
The Buy Art Fair, Manchester

2013
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Manchester Piccadilly
Great Sheffield Art Show
The Buy Art Fair, Manchester
The Mercer, Harrogate - Shortlist for New Lights Art Prize

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

2011
Sydenham Arts Festival, London
Delicate Mayhem, Covent Garden, London

2010
The White Gallery, Macclesfield
The Buy Art Fair, Spinningfields, 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

2008
Garden of Delights, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
Blossom, Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester
Telfords Warehouse, Chester
Mooch Art, Manchester
Buy Art Fair, Urbis, 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

2006
Odd Bar, Northern Quarter and Odder, Oxford Road, Manchester
IDEAS - Bury Art Gallery, Greater Manchester
Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Greater Manchester

2005
Tmesis, Manchester
Contact Theatre, Manchester
Degree show, Manchester Metropolitan University