Lisa Milroy lives and works in London, UK. She has worked at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2009 and as Guest Advisor at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam since 1994. She won First Prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989 and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2005. She was Artist Trustee of Tate from 2013-2017 and Liaison Trustee to the National Gallery 2015-2017. In 2015, with the support of Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR, she initiated 'Hands On Art Workshops' delivering via video conferencing a programme of practical art workshops to school children in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
Still life is at the heart of the Milroy practice. In the 1980s her paintings featured ordinary objects depicted against an off-white background, compositionally arranged in a grid or random scatter. In the 1990s her imagery expanded to include depictions of objects within settings, as well as landscape, architecture, people and storytelling. As her approaches to still- life diversified, so did her manner of painting, giving rise to a range of stylistic innovations. In recent years Milroy’s focus has been on installation-based paintings that often feature a performative component. Throughout her practice, she has been fascinated by the relationship of stillness to movement and the nature of making and looking at a painting.
Her paintings are held in many public collections including: Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; FRAC Occitanie Montpellier, France; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Collection, Japan; Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan; Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan; East African Visual Arts Trust, Kenya; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal; Arts Council Collection, UK; British Council, UK; British Museum, Collection of Prints and Drawings, UK; Contemporary Art Society, UK; Government Art Collection, UK; Jerwood Foundation, UK; Royal Academy of Arts, UK; Southampton City Art Gallery, UK; Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, UK; Tate, UK; Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA.