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date: 13 November 2019

Milroy, Lisalocked

(b Vancouver, Jan 13, 1959).

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(b Vancouver, Jan 13, 1959).

Anglo-Canadian painter. After a period as a student at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (1977–8), she settled in London and studied art at St Martin’s School of Art (1978–9) and Goldsmith’s College, University of London (1979–82). At the latter her teachers included Michael Craig-Martin and Tony Carter. Her first solo exhibition, in 1984, was of small still-life paintings depicting common objects, either singly or in sets. These were technically remarkable works drawing on the painterly language of Manet and the Post-Impressionists. Her subsequent series of paintings of objects in groups (rows, clusters, layers or grids) borrowed the language of hardware catalogues, shop display windows and formal arrangements in art and photography, while yet creating autonomous visual statements. Sometimes her arrangement of objects was influenced by their functional identity, so that, for example, stamps become islands for the eyes to travel between or wheels speed forward at an unstoppable visual pace (e.g. ...

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