Lisa Milroy

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Lisa Milroy
Born Lisa Milroy
(1959-01-16) 16 January 1959 (age 58)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality Anglo Canadian
Education Paris-Sorbonne University (1977–1978)
Saint Martins School of Art (1978–1979)
Goldsmiths College, University of London (1979-1982)
Known for Painting
Awards John Moores Painting Prize (1989)
Royal Academician (2005)

Lisa Milroy (born 16 January 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia)[1] is an Anglo-Canadian artist known for her still life paintings of everyday objects placed in lines or patterns. She has also produced a number of different series including landscapes, buildings, portraits and geishas in incongruous settings.[1]

In 1977, aged 18, she went to Paris to study at the Paris-Sorbonne University.[2] In 1978 she moved to London to study at Saint Martin's School of Art. She gained her BFA at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1982.[2] Her first solo exhibition was in 1984 which was based on still life. In 1989 she won the John Moores Painting Prize.[3] Milroy is currently Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London.[4] She gained election to membership of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005 and was appointed Artist Trustee of Tate from 2013-2017.[5]


Still life is at the heart of Milroy’s practice: in the 1980s her paintings featured ordinary objects depicted against an off-white background. Subsequently her imagery expanded to include depictions of objects within settings, as well as landscape, architecture and people. As her approaches to still life diversified, so did her manner of painting, giving rise to a range of stylistic innovations. Recent paintings often feature a performance component. Throughout her practice, Milroy has been fascinated by the relation between stillness and movement, and the nature of making and looking at painting.

Milroy is known for painting everyday items such as clothes, shoes and vases in the form of collections. She uses positive and negative space, painting her subjects in formations such as grids, groups, lines, rows and columns, often on plain backgrounds. Sometimes her arrangement of objects are influenced by their functional identity, so that, for example, stamps become islands for the eyes to travel between or wheels speed forward at an unstoppable visual pace.

Selected public collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lisa Milroy". Painters. The Royal Academy of Arts. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Lisa Milroy". Art and Artists. The Tate Gallery. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ "List of prize winners". John Moore Painting Prize. Walker Art Gallery. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014. 
  4. ^ "Miss Lisa Milroy". Academic Staff. Slade School of Fine Art. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lisa Milroy appointed a Tate trustee". Announcements. British Government, Dept. of Culture, Media & Sport. 5 Aug 2013. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014. 

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