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.


BA (Hons) Interactive Arts
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


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

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

Manchester Art Fair, Manchester Central

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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