“Milroy holds a fascination with stillness and movement, contemplation and action, which is distilled through the experience of painting”
The term ‘still life’ signals the fundamental experience of painting for Lisa Milroy, encapsulating her fascination with the relation between stillness and movement, contemplation and action. In the 1980s Milroy’s paintings featured everyday objects depicted against an off-white ground, compositionally arranged in a grid or random scatter and characterised by a quick gestural application of paint. In the 1990s, Milroy shifted from fast painting to a slower, more modulated approach. She began to paint objects within settings, which expanded her understanding of still life to embrace landscape, architecture, portraiture and storytelling.
Insightful essays by Hanneke Grootenboer, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Peter’s College, and Briony Fer, art historian, critic, curator, Professor of History of Art at UCL and a Fellow of the British Academy. Foreword by Ziba Ardalan, Founder/Director of Parasol unit. The hand-numbered and signed publication has a limited run of 500 copies.
Released on the occasion of the exhibition at Parasol unit, London, 16 January – 18 March 2018, which brings together a selection of Milroy’s paintings from the past fifteen years.