September 17, 2018

Is it survival of the fittest?

Lily Macrae


I draw elements from the human architecture and brushwork of old masters, taking historic images and placing them in a contemporary aesthetic. For me, the purpose of re-imagining stories which have been repeated over time is to find the permanent relevance that these paintings hold today. This is inspired by a Francois Boucher piece.

I am drawn to the fleeting nature of the painterly gesture – the idea that a sudden thought which can easily slip away is captured using lyrical brush strokes and powerful marks. I aim to convey emotional strain and explore painting as a type of language, a problem solving exercise which is never truly resolved.

Impatience of Nymphs
152 x 152 cm
Oil on Canvas


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