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Full Name  Lisa Milroy
Known for  Painting
Role  Artist
Name  Lisa Milroy
Nationality  Anglo Canadian

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Born  19 January 1959 (age 56) (1959-01-19) Vancouver, British Columbia
Awards  John Moores Painting Prize (1989) Royal Academician (2005)
Artwork  Kyoto House, Finsbury Square, Girl with Sunglasses, Ostriches, Room, Shoes, Light Bulbs, Elephant, Girl, Sky
Education  Goldsmiths, University of London, Paris-Sorbonne University, Central Saint Martins, University of London
Similar People  Michael Craig‑Martin, Patrick Caulfield, Wayne Thiebaud, Fiona Rae, Gary Hume

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Lisa Milroy (born 16 January 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia) 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.


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In 1977, aged 18, she went to Paris to study at the Paris-Sorbonne University. 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. Her first solo exhibition was in 1984 which was based on still life. In 1989 she won the John Moores Painting Prize. Milroy is currently Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She gained election to membership of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005 and was appointed Artist Trustee of Tate from 2013-2017.


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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.

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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

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  • Arts Council England
  • Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
  • British Council
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon
  • Chemical Bank, New York City
  • Deutsche Bank Collection
  • Fonds Regional d' Art Contemporain de Franche-Comté Dole, France
  • Fonds Regional d' Art Contemporain Rhone-Alpes, France
  • Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Group Art Collection
  • Southampton City Art Gallery
  • Swindon Art Gallery
  • Tate
  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Collection
  • Nederlandsche Bank

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