Lisa Milroy portrait
Lisa Milroy


Lisa Milroy is a British-Canadian painter, who was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives and works in London. She studied at St Martin’s School of Art (1978–9) and Goldsmiths College (1979–82). Milroy won First Prize in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1989 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2005. She is currently Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

Still life is at the heart of Milroy’s practice. She began to exhibit her work in the 1980s, and her paintings featured ordinary objects depicted in a grid or scatter against an off-white ground. Subsequently her imagery expanded to depictions of objects within settings, and landscape, architecture and people. As her approaches to still life diversified, so did her manner of painting. In recent years Milroy’s focus has been on installation-based paintings that can include a performance component. Throughout her practice, Milroy has been fascinated by the relation between stillness and movement, and the nature of making and looking at painting.

Appointment information

Appointed by: Prime Minister
Appointment: 20 July 2013
Term expires: 19 July 2017

Other Membership:

  • Tate Britain Advisory Council
  • Collection Committee