Lily Greenwood


Lily has been painting full time for over a decade, exhibiting widely throughout the UK, with work now featuring 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. 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. Paintings have a unifying thread in that they all employ an element of collage material, however rather than found material, Lily uses paper copies of her own painting studies. Work is often oriental in style; Lily is greatly influenced by eighteenth century print-makers 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. 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 has developed an innovative technique using her own paintings as collage material to produce a final piece. Meticulously hand-painted 'source paintings' are reproduced, cut, and arranged in a composition on the canvas. Washes of inks are applied and partially removed, with the collage adhesive masking certain areas and forming organic shapes. Sometimes hand-painted or drawn details are then added to the canvas, before a clear gloss varnish is applied, securing the work and adding an opulent lustre. 


Lily grew up in rural Cumbria, before moving to Manchester for University. For ten years after graduating Lily ran her own studio/gallery in Manchester, at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, a converted Victorian fish market housing 20 artist studios, open to the public 7 days a week. Lily left Manchester in 2016 after having her first son, moving back to rural Cumbria, near family, and Lily's second son was born in 2018. Lily currently works from a purpose built studio/cabin on a Cumbrian sheep farm, just north of the Lake District.

Education and Exhibitions

BA (Hons) Interactive Arts

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK



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

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