Lisa Milroy


1959               Born Vancouver, Canada

1978/79           St Martin's School of Art, London

1979/82           Goldsmiths, University of London 

2006-present    Elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London

1995-present    Advisor, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

2009-present    Head of Graduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

Currently Artist Trustee, Tate; Tate Liaison for the National Gallery, London


Lives and works in London


Solo Exhibitions












Out of Hand, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK

Hands On, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK


Hands On, Drawing Room, London, UK

Social Fabric, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, UK

Fashion Range Launch, Brick Lane Art Car Boot Fair, London, UK


Hands On, Drawing Commission for the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Presentation at Asthall Manor, Oxfordshire, UK

Grosse Geister, Artist Room: Lisa Milroy, Kunstmusem Bonn, Germany


Party of One, Crate, Margate, UK


Act One, Seen Too, Bloomsbury Theatre, London, UK

Heartbeat, 99 Art Center, Shanghai, China

Ivory Lamp Mars Vine Bone, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


House Guest, The Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland

Improvisations, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK

Act One, Seen Too, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK


Time and Time Again, artsdepot, London, UK

Shouting from a Rock, Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus

In the Black, Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucesershire, UK


Life on the Line, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

Head and Neck, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK


Noisy, Galerie Jones & Trübenbach, Cologne, Germany

Pictures within Pictures, Galerie Maximillian, Aspen, USA

Painted Worlds, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland


Black and White, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

Making Sense, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2006 New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, UK

Painting Fast Painting Slow, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland

Galerie Xippas, Paris, France


Geishas, Galerie Luis Campana, Cologne, Germany

Geishas, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

2001 Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, UK

Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK


Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France

Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Innsbruck, Austria


Waddington Galleries, London, UK

African Safari, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

Seven Views of Marunouchi, Marunouchi Cafe, Tokyo, Japan

1997 Galerie Luis Campana, Cologne, Germany

Galerie Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium

Being There, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France


Travel Painting, Chisenhale Gallery, London; touring to Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK and

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland


The British School at Rome, Italy

Hotel Huger Cercle d'Art, La Fleche, France

Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Tokyo Story, Gallery Shoko Nagai, Tokyo, Japan

Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan


Waddington Galleries, London and Museum Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert, Germany

Galerie Luis Campana, Cologne, Germany

Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France


Janner Gallery, Vienna, Austria

John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Galerie Luis Campana, Frankfurt, Germany

Modulo, Centro Difusor de Arte, Lisbon/Oporto

1990 Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland

John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Third Eye Centre, Glasgow; touring to Southampton City Art Gallery; Plymouth Art Gallery, UK and

Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

1988 Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

Khiva Gallery, San Francisco, USA


Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

Cartier Art Foundation, Paris, France


Group Exhibitions                   
























Seeing Round Corners, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK

At Home, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibtion 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


Drawing Room Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK

Memoires croisees/Derives archivisitiques, Institut national d'art, Galerie Colbert, Paris, France 

Present Tense, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, UK

Painting in TIme, The Tetley, Leeds, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibtion 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Ceramics, Iceland


Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen, Royal Collection Trust, Buckingham Palace, London, UK

Hydra, Unit 53, University of Bolton, UK

Show-Off, Battersea Space, London, UK

Drawn Together: The Artist as Selector, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK

I Cheer a Dead Man's Sweetheart, De La Warr Pvaillion, Bexhill, UK

Tortoise, WW Gallery, London, UK


Colour as Material, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, FInland

I Am The Magic Hand, curated by Josephine Halvorson, Sikkema Jenkins, New York, USA

RA Summer Exhibition 2013, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Paul Bush Compilation, ICA, London, UK

Ideas City Streetfest, New Museum, New York, USA

Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle East, Katara Art Foundation, Doha, Qatar

Cabaret Duchamp: Hayley Newman, (costume design), Barbican, London, UK

Black and White Flower Painting, 2010, St Mary's Hospital, London. A group painting by staff and students from Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL,London, UK


Jerwood Collection, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (publication), UK

The Studio - Workhop and Myth, Staatgalerie, Stuttgart (catalogue), Germany

Making Space, Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012, London, UK

Artists of the Gallery, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

Art Plus Opera, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Pandemonium, Hyde Park, London, UK

Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, ICA at Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Artists for Kettle’s Yard, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Jurahokusai, Paysages-oeuvres de la Collection du Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain

Franche-Comte, Saint Claude, France

Royal Academicians, Seongnam Art Centre, Seongnam, South Korea

Group Exhibition (curated by Edward Allington), Ushher Gallery, Lincoln

A Picture of Health, Bonham’s, London

Gallery Artists, Truebenbach Projects, Cologne

Paintings and Sculpture, Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York


Secrets of the Museum Collection, Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan

Layers: John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize Show, Seongnam Arts Centre, Seongnam, South Korea

Voyage, Galerie Xippas, Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Carousel de Louvre, France

The Rise of Women Artists, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2010, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Double Interview, Artspace Hue, Seoul, South Korea

Art: Curated by Michael Craig-Martin, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany

Global Contemporary Artists for Artists, Rijksakedemie Artists Endowment Fund,

Sotheby’s Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

Black and White Flower Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Charing Cross Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital, London


The Artist’s Studio, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

Visual Deceptions, Nagoya City Art Museum; The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo and

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan

Mahlzeit (Essen in der Kunst), Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


8 Visions, One Dream, The Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

Votes for Women, Kunst Meran, Meran, Italy

Everywhere you Come From, Pala Fuksas, Turin, Italy

September 08, Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2008, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


Momentary Momentum: Animated Drawings, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (DVD)

Still life, still, T1+2 artspace, London, UK


Fiction@Love, MoCa, Shanghai, China

Programme Video a Georges Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Animamix, 2nd International Cartoon + Animation Festival, Hangzhou, China

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2006, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Drawing Two Hundred, The Drawing Room, London, UK

Arrêts sur Images, FRAC, Montpelleier, France


Drawing Two Hundred, The Drawing Room, London, UK

The Hermit The Shoe and The Stone, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford, UK

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Bodies and Space, Tapei Artists Village, Taiwan


Geisha Grooming film for Anifest International Animation Festival, Trebon, Czech Republic;

World festival of Animated Films, Zagreb, Croatia; Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrech;

10th International Film Festival, Hiroshima, Japan; NFB CineRobotheque, Montreal; NFB Mediatheque, Toronto, Canada;

Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Metropolis, FRAC Franche-comté, Autrey-les-grey, France

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2004, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Somewhere Everywhere Nowhere: Contemporary Art From the collection of FRAC, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland

Still Mapping the Moon, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany

John Moores 23, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

152 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, UK

Raised Awareness, Tate Modern, London, UK

Domestic (f)utility, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, UK


Focus London, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland

Artists of the gallery, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland

Alan Cristea Gallery Publications, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK


The Classical World, Hood Museum, New Hampshire, UK

The Bigger Splash – British Art of the Tate, of 1960 up to 2003, Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo

Favorites, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria

Imago: 10 ans d’acquisition du FRAC Franche-Comte, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lons-le-Saunier- Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dole, France


Jerwood Painting Prize, Jerwood Space London, touring to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK

Taste the Fine Art of Food and Drink, Museum of Reading, UK

John Moores 22, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Favorites, Galerie und Edition Artelier, Graz, Austria

Hier ist Dort II, Secession, Vienna, Austria

Words from the Arts Council Collection, touring UK


The Way I See It, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France

Up in smoke, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Tradition and Innovation, York City Art Gallery, York, UK


Hier ist Dort, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

Patterns: Between Object and Arabesque, Kunsthalle Brandts Klaedefabrik, Germany

Odense Denmark, touring to Pori Art Museum, Finland

Shoes or No Shoes, Craemersklooster- Provinciaal Centrum voor Kunst & Cultuur, Ghent, Belgium

Variations on a Theme, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

My Generation- 40 years of contemporary collecting, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK


Brave New World, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France

ART works, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK


Flower Show, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Signature Pieces, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK


Un art incertain du réel: la collection du Frac Franche-Comte, Frac Bretagne, Chateaugiron, France

go away, artists and travel, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Balade au sol mineur, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Alès, France

Taking a Picture, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK


portrait - human figure, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Swizerland

Voyage, de l'exotisme aux non-lieux, Le Musee de Valence in association with FRAC Rhone-Alpes, France

Paved with Gold, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK

Urban, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Modern British Art, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Up to 2000, Southampton City Art Gallery, UK

Every Day, Biennale of Sydney, Australia

Thinking Aloud, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; touring to Cornerhouse, Manchester and Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

collection nomade, les oeuvres du frac franche-comte au maroc, Institut Francais, Bab el Kebir; touring to Galerie Allal El Fassi, Rabat and Institut Francais, Kenitra; Casablanca; Institut Francais; Meknes et Fes


Treasure Island, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Tokyo International Forum Artwork Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan Forum, Tokyo, Japan

1996/98 About Vision: New British Painting in the 1990s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; touring to Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich; Laing Art Gallery and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Classifications, Galerie Art & Essai, Universite de Rennes, France; touring to Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Something to Say..., Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum, Wolverhampton, UK


The Thinking Eye: An Exhibition by the Painting Faculty: The Royal College of Art, Gallery 7, Hong Kong

Craig-Martin, Davey, Fulton, McKeever, Milroy, Woodrow, Alan Cristea Gallery and The Paragon Press, London, UK

Theories of the Decorative, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington DC, USA

Nouvelles acquisitions du FRAC Franche-Comte, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dole, France

Pittura, Castello di Rivara, Italy

Home and Away, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK


Loup y es tu?, Galerie du Frac, Montpelier, France

Desenho Contemporaneo, Modulo, Centro Difusor de Arte, Oporto, Portugal

Life Patterns, Tate Gallery, London, UK

Ljubljana 21st International Biennale of Graphic Art, Ljubliana, Slovenia

 Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; touring to Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Les Images du Plaisir, FRAC des pays de la Loire, Hugers La Flèche Laval, France


Cityscape, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy

Original Painting, Galerie Matisse, Institut Francais, London, UK


Lisa Milroy, John Murphy: Paintings from the Saatchi Collection, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Der zerbrochene Spiegel/The Broken Mirror, Museumsquartier Messepalast and Kunsthalle Wien; touring to Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany


The Saatchi Gift, Tate Gallery, London, UK

Work from the British Collection, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Recent Acquisitions, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan


Out of Limbo, Fundacion Luis Cernada, Seville, Spain

Carnegie International 1991, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Drawings, Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

La Couleur d' Argent, Musee de la Poste, Paris, France

Goldsmiths' College Centenary Exhibition, Goldsmiths' Gallery, London, UK


The British Art Show 1990, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow; touring to Leeds City Art Gallery and Hayward Gallery, London, UK

British Art Now: A Subjective View, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; touring to Fukuoka; Nagoya; Utsunomiya; Kobe; Hiroshima and Touko Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Japan


Art of the '80s: from the Collection of the Chemical Bank, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, USA

The Saatchi Collection at the Pierides Museum: Tony Cragg, Lisa Milroy and John Murphy,

Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Subject: Object, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 16, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK


Cries and Whispers: Paintings of the 1980s from the British Council Collection, touring Australia and New Zealand.

Winter '88, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

The New British Painting The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; touring to Chicago Public Library and Cultural Center; Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, USA

Three Artists from Britain, Jack Shainman Gallery, Washington DC and New York, USA


Winter '87, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 15, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

Current Affairs: British Painting and Sculpture in the 1980s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK; touring to Mucsarnok, Budapest, Hungary; Nemzeti Galeria, Prague, Czech Republic and Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland

ART. Brittiskt 1980-tal, Liljevalchs Art Museum, Stockholm; touring to Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland as Britannia: Paintings and sculptures from the 1980s


6th Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia

Aperto, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Japonisme: Japanese Reflections in Western Art, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Au Coeur du Maelstrom, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Objects As Art, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK

No Place like Home, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, UK

1985 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 14, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
1984 Problems of Picturing, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Charterhouse Gallery, London, UK

Young Blood, Riverside Studios, London, UK


Prizes, Juries, Residencies and Commissions








Co-selector (with Richard Deacon) - Creekside Open 2015

Jury Member - RA Summer Exhibtion 2015: On-line A-LevelExhibition


Jury Member - John Moores Painting Prize China 2014

Jury Member - Solo Art Award


Katara Foundation, Qatar - Residency

Jury advisor, Woon Art Prize


Jury Member, Art Fund Prize for Museums and Collections

Jury Member, Jerwood Drawing Prize

Shanghai University - Residency

University of Dhaka - Residency

London Review of Books, cover illustration: Vol. 34 No.4 23 Feb, 2012


SteamCream – commission of new packaging design

Jury Member, Threadneedle Art Prize


Jury Member, Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2010 – 2012

Selection panel, Westminster Arts Open Competition

2006 Guest Advisor, Pintura Além da Pintura, Painting Conference, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Red Mansion Foundation, Beijing - Residency

Skowhegan, Maine - Visiting Artist

Royal Mail Year Book - Drawing Commission for the chapter The Magic Circle


Hugh Casson Drawing Prize

Taipei Artist’s Village, Taiwan - Residency

2001 Album sleeve for The Beautiful South Solid Bronze - Great Hits and single sleeve for The Root of All Evil (2 versions)

D + AD Silver Award (Royal Mail Millennium Stamp)

Guest Advisor, TRAMA Painting Workshop, Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina


Artist's Tale – Royal Mail commission to design one of four Millennium Stamps

Still Life - World Health Organisation commission for anti-smoking campaign,

Marunouchi Project, Tokyo

1994 Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan - Residency
1988 John Moores Liverpool - First Prize for Painting

Canada Council for the Arts – Grant


Media contribution

2001 Interview with Sascha Hastings for ‘The Arts Today’ programme on CBC Radio One Lisa Milroy – Canadian Artist in London

The Eye, 30 minute programme by Illuminations

Staffordshire Arts + Museum Service, Just Looking - Painting Commission


Public Collections




Charles Darwin University Art Collection


Daros Collection, Zurich


Deutsche Bank Collection

Kunstmuseum Bonn


Fonds Nationals d' Art Contemporain

Fonds Regional d' Art Contemporain de Franche-Comte, Dole

Fonds Regional d' Art Contemporain Provence Alpes Cote d' Azur

Fonds Regional d' Art Contemporain Rhone-Alpes


Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Collection

Fukuoka Art Museum

Nagoya City Art Museum

NL Nederlandsche Bank
NO Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
PT Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

Arts Council of Great Britain

British Council

British Museum, Collection of Prints and Drawings

Contemporary Art Society


Government Art Collection

Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection

Jerwood Foundation

Marsh Collection, London

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Portsmouth City Museum

Red Mansion Foundation

Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Art Collection

Royal Collection Trust

Southampton City Art Gallery

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tate Gallery, London