Lily Musker

Lily Musker Portrait artist of the year series

In 2022 she had two successful solo shows, one in London at The Tabernacle, and one in Lansdowne Gallery in Gloucestershire where she did a live portrait sitting for one week of the renowned performer Nancy Trotter Landry who was dressed as a clown.

Lily studied art in Gloucestershire, and when she was at art school she won a scholarship to The British School in Rome.

Refusing to put subjects for her paintings under one label, they are widespread, ranging from portraits, fairy tales, still lives, roadside series and hedonistic scenes of raves. She has an ongoing portrait series, called the Purifire series, of great artists holding fire; one can be seen on the page of Lee Scratch Perry, who believed fire burnt away bad spirits – which is what Lily hopes and believes her paintings as objects do.  

Drawing daily is the background to her practice.  She has recently been teaching herself lithography and etching where she hopes to incorporate her drawings into books and prints.

In Lily’s oil paintings she has recreated the exact palettes as used by Delacroix, the French old master, and some of them contain up to 52 colours.