Lisa Milroy was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives and works in London, UK. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1982, and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005. She has been Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2009, and Guest Visitor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam since 1994. Milroy won First Prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989. She was Artist Trustee of Tate from 2013-2017 and Liaison Trustee to the National Gallery 2015-2017. Milroy has worked with the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network Schools since 2015, where she initiated “Hands On”, a practical art workshop programme that can be delivered through digital connectivity for school children in refugee camps. Tate Liverpool presented a survey exhibition of Milroy’s work in 2000. Milroy regularly exhibits her work on the national and international stage, and her paintings are held in many public and private collections.
Still life is at the heart of Milroy’s practice. In the 1980s her paintings featured ordinary objects depicted against an off-white background compositionally arranged in a grid or random scatter. In the 1990s her imagery expanded to include depictions of objects within settings, as well as landscape, architecture, people and storytelling. As her approaches to still life diversified, so did her manner of painting, giving rise to a range of stylistic innovations. In recent years Milroy’s focus has been on installation-based paintings that often feature a performative component. Throughout her practice, Milroy has been fascinated by the relation between stillness and movement, and the nature of making and looking at painting.
Selection of Works
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2018 - "Handmade", One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
2018 - 17 Jan-18 March - "Here & There: Paintings by Lisa Milroy", Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London
2017 - “Stephenie Bergman and Lisa Milroy: Tango”, Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone, UK.
2016 - “Out of Hand”, Laure Genillard Gallery, London
2016 - “Cloth”, Mansun Farm, Kotarpur (The Retreat), Ahmedabad, India.
2018 - “Still Life” – Lisa Milroy and Jayne Parker at A.P.T Gallery, London
2018 - “Modern Art Revisited”, touring exhibition to Tottori Prefectural Museum; Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; Yokosuka Museum of Art; the Japan Association of Art Museums, Japan
2018 - “Treasures from the Home”, Blaafarvevaerket (Cobalt Works and Mines), Amot, Norway.
2016 - A room of Milroy’s paintings was on view in the Collection display ‘Grosse Geister’ at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Awards, Juries, Residencies and Commissions
2015 - Co-selector (with Richard Deacon) - Creekside Open 2015
2015 - Jury Member - RA Summer Exhibtion 2015: On-line A-Level Exhibition
2014 - Jury Member - John Moores Painting Prize China
2014 - Jury Member - Solo Art Award
2013 - Katara Foundation, Qatar - Residency
2013 - Jury advisor, Woon Art Prize
2012 - Jury Member, Art Fund Prize for Museums and Collections
2012 - Jury Member, Jerwood Drawing Prize
2012 - Shanghai University - Residency
2012 - University of Dhaka - Residency
2012 - London Review of Books, cover illustration: Vol. 34 No.4 23 Feb, 2012
Lisa Milroy is exclusively represented in East Africa by One Off