Monday, December 09, 2013

A shout into the void.

10 x 10 cm
Acrylic on Panel.
For sale, click here (auction).

First of all, hello! Are there many of you still reading here? (Let me know in the comments, if you have time!) I've been in Germany since around May, and had lots of adventures, none of which I have bothered to post here. Now that winter is here, I might make a post with some of my instagram photos. We've been lucky to see some special people, places, and wonderful works of art.

Some of you followed my oil painting journey of a hundred and something paintings a couple of years ago, and know that I did that other little experiment last year of 60 acrylic paintings in a row. My rough calculations tell me that the tally must be at over 200 little 'from life' paintings.

A couple months ago, after letting that sit dormant for a while, I suddenly felt like painting the still life again. The story is that we went to the Wallraf museum in Cologne and I fell head over heels in love with this painting by, German painter, Georg Flegel. It was so enjoyable to spot motifs in the still life section that are still being used by artists today (the peeled lemon, for one thing!) I've also been inspired by some magnificent cosmic displays: meteor showers, the ill-fated Comet ISON, Venus shining bright this month. And while we were in Bavaria: Watching the last rays of sun make the clouds pink behind one mountain, as the moon rose behind the other.

This time around, I went with black backgrounds. I don't know why, but I knocked that first one out so quickly that it felt like all the work is finally starting to pay off. They are still difficult, but they feel a bit easier.

A few sold at Retrospect's booths at the European Art Fairs, and a couple I have for sale (direct buy and auction) on my DailyPaintworks gallery. At the moment, I'm keeping them small, in case I have to bring any back with me.

Nature Morte
30 x 42 cm
Acrylic on Panel
Bee, Mandarin, Marble
15 x 15 cm
Acrylic on Panel
Might still be available through Retrospect.

10 x 10 cm
Acrylic on panel.
(sold - to incredible fellow artist, Jeremy Piert.)

Cosmic Candy Cane
5 x 10 cm
Acrylic on panel
Bee, Plum, Marble
10 x 10 cm
Acrylic on panel

Cosmic Mandarin & Satellites
30 x 30cm
Acrylic on panel.
Available, click here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creatures of Magic

Walker Books Australia asked me to illustrate Maree Fenton-Smith's magical novel for children! This was such a dream come true. I have long admired Walker Books, because of the stories they publish, and because of their logo of the bear walking around with a candle stick. You can imagine how excited I was to work on this!

It has approx. 14 black and white internal illustrations and is the first book I've ever illustrated. 

I worked with a great team at Walker, and with a wonderful story by Maree. It's something I would have liked to read at the age of 10 or 11 - I had dark hair and my cousin had red hair and glasses, and we loved playing detectives, meeting under the staircase and telling ghost stories (this book has mystery, cats, scary creatures!). October 1st was the publication date, so it should be available at all good book retailers in Australia.

I have lots more to post here, if I can ever get around to it! I do keep my facebook page and instagram updated, if you are curious about what I'm up to or my travels at the moment.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Not For Rental exhibition, London! (new drawing)


Colour pencil on Arches paper.
This little drawing is currently winging its way to London for the Not For Rental film-inspired, charity exhibition.
It opens July 4th.

From the website:
"Not For Rental will be open to the public for one week before the hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind artworks go on sale on Saturday 13 July (from 10am - 6pm) with ALL proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support and Art Against Knives. Each unique artwork will be signed by the artist and available to buy at £50 each. Our policy... first in line, first serve!
If you live out-of-town or overseas and would like to purchase any of the artworks, please contact us directly for availability and pricing."

Lepus Australis opens July 4th in Melbourne! (new drawing)

Three Hares | Drei Hasen
Colour pencil on Arches paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11.69 x 16.53 inches

This is my piece for the exhibition, Lepus Australis, organised by artists Emma Leonard and Sally Land!

 Some of you may have seen this progress from a sketch to completed work on my instagram account, but if you didn't, here are some of the work-in-progress photos.

You can view this work in person at No Vacancy Gallery QV, from the 4th-14th of July, 2013.
Opening night is Thursday, 4th July 6-9PM.

If you are interested in purchasing this drawing, please email me (lilly @ lillypiri . com) and I will put you in touch with the gallery.

P.S. For those of you using Google reader, don't forget that it will be gone on July 1st. If bloglovin wasn't really for you, I'd recommend feedly as a reader, which can also import your feed list from google reader!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

& the winner is...


Please email me so I can send you your copy (lilly at lilly piri dot com) :)

Thank you everyone who entered, and left a nice comment. I truly wish I could send each one of you a copy!

Here are some photos from my instagram feed, too (@lillypiri)

Page from my new accordion sketchbook:

I live painted for the One Way Street Festival, in Surfers Paradise:

I'll try make a post about these, soon. I'm actually working on a very exciting project at the moment, and then in 17 days or so, I'm going to Germany for a wedding, to see family, friends, and a bit of travelling. Lots to look forward to. I  also have ideas about making a new series of still life/landscapes while I'm over there, spurred on a bit by my painting 60 days in a row last year. We'll see!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

SSE-P x Lilly Piri Zine (GIVEAWAY)

The zine that sse-p published, in conjunction with the online show of my work, is now available for purchase!


$12 + shipping 
32 pages 
Full colour
Limited edition of 500

Available at in the shop section.

A million thanks to YP and Ga-young for all their hard work putting this together! The quality is beautiful, and I'm so incredibly chuffed and honoured that they chose my work for a zine.

I have one signed copy to giveaway here on my blog, too! This time, the conditions for entry are:
1) Follow my blog with Bloglovin(See below*)
2) Leave a comment below

Winner will be drawn on 21.4.2013.

*Some of you may have noticed that google reader is being shut down, so if you happen to use that (like I do) and still want to follow what I'm up to, may I suggest, bloglovin, or subscribing for email updates, both options are available on the left hand side on my blog page. Or you can find me on one of the many maaaany social networks! Just search for lillypiri.

Also, If you live in MELBOURNE, I sent a few signed copies down to Sticky Institute.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MILK Japan project

 Last year, Japanese fashion label, MILK, approached me about making a pattern for clothing. They had seen my illustration for Nylon, and wanted something similar. As with the Nylon illustration, I was given plenty of creative freedom, and with the input from MILK, this is what we came up with. I had the best time working on this, and it's one of my favourites and a complete dream gig! KIRARA, SHINGO and my agent, Jacky Winter were a delight to work with. 

A photo of the illustration on my desk - you can see how big this one was!

The dresses and skirts will be available from May 2013, in MILK stores in Japan and on their website

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Animal in Me - Prisma Collective's First Annual Show

This is happening, now! Thank you so much to everyone who went to the opening! 
It's Prisma Collective's first annual exhibition. You can read more about our collective, here - I'm so proud to be part of it. The show was curated by our wonderful founder, Kaspian Shore.

Below are my pieces for the show. Both are available to purchase, either in person or via the subtext website, click here to purchase or simply to view the entire show (it's fantastic!)

(click to enlarge)
Portrait of the Young Artist
Lilly Piri
19.5 x 8, Acrylic on Wood Panel
$450.00 (ready to hang)

If you follow me on instagram (lillypiri) or facebook, or twitter, etc, you may have seen me working on both of these!

Grimm's Forest
Lilly Piri
4 x 4 x 6, Wood & Acrylic Sculpture

Friday, February 01, 2013

Lilly Piri Sings the Phthalo Blues ONLINE EXHIBITION

My exhibition with SSE PROJECT is now live. There are 4 new drawings from me in the exhibition, and it will be available as a limited edition zine, soon! See it here: (Huge thanks to Ga-young Park & YP for making this happen!! :)

P.S. Some of the works are available to purchase, here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Intricate Lines group show at Retrospect

Intricate Lines Group show opens 6pm, 1st February. 
Runs until 26th February, 2013.
At Retrospect Galleries, 52 Jonson St, Byron Bay.

I will have quite a few pieces in this show, and 3-4 new ones - if the new ones are not there on opening night, they will be at some point before it closes. There have been a couple of hiccups because of the floods here.* 

You can see some of the pieces available, HERE. Not all are on there yet, though. If you would  like a buyer's preview of the pieces that are not yet published, just email me: lilly ( a t )

"At Retrospect Galleries we believe that charm (and the devil!) lies in the details. Our first exhibition for 2013, Intricate Lines, showcases ten artists who will explore their personal fascination with the intimacies of fine lines and minute details. This exhibition presents a diverse range of medias and styles revealing breathtaking complexity and substance. What these works have in common, be they drawn, painted or cut, is a love of a refined line, of technical prowess, well honed skills and imagination. Artists include: Alex Louisa, Carley Cornelissen, Courtney Brims, Dave Green, Heiko, Ieo Gek Ching, Lilly Piri, Lisa Rodden, Nicola Hooper, Wendy Powitt""

Hope to see you at the opening, come say hi!

*I also wanted to add that my thoughts go out to everyone impacted by the floods, especially the residents of Bundaberg, and thanks to the amazing emergency teams working round the clock.