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Lillias August (b1955) studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London (1973 - 1976) followed by a postgraduate course in The History of Art and Design. She has exhibited widely in East Anglia and also in London, receiving awards at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) and the Laing Exhibition.  She was elected a member of the RI in 2006.  In 2005 she was awarded an Arts Council England grant to tour her series ‘Cross’ to Ely, Peterborough and Lincoln cathedrals and Southwell Minster. 


Lillias has undertaken many private and public commissions over the years.  More recently she was appointed project artist during the Suffolk Cathedral Millennium Project (patron - HRH, The Prince of Wales). This prestigious building project included the completion of the central tower, north transept, two new chapels and part of the cloisters at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk, England.


Artist statement


I find an uncompromising strength in ordinary subject matter. From the understated landscapes of the fenlands to the raw details of a building site, it is often the ‘anonymous’ rather than the ‘picturesque’ that steal my heart. I am a committed water colour painter, continually exploring the effects of both applying and lifting the paint and enjoying the tension between control and chance.   


                 Featured in the May issue of The Artist magazine

2000 - 2010       Annual exhibitor - Royal Institute of Painters in   Watercolour (RI), London


PRIZEWINNER 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010.  Elected member 2006.  



2001 - 2008      Annual Exhibitor - 'Artworks', Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham,


2006 - 2008      Annual Exhibitor - Langham Fine Art, Langham, suffolk

2010                   RI Exhibition, Mid Cornwall Galleryies, Par, Cornwall

                            Watercolour Academy, Mall Galleries, London

     "                     Wildwod Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, A - Z of Still Life

2009                   Alresford Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire

     "                     Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

     "                   'High Watermark', RI & RWS, Mall and Bankside Galleries,London

     "                    'Visions of Watercolour Today', Landau, Germany

     "                     The Russell gallery, Putney, London

2008 -9-10       Harleston Gallery, Suffolk

2007-8-10        Paintings in Hospitals -Wildwood Gallery, Suffolk

2004-7-9         'Art at the Park', Croxton, Norfolk

2006-08           'Suffolk Showcase', Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk (Judge -2007)

2004 -06-10    'Art in the Barn', Dove Barn, Groton, Suffolk

2001 -05          Project artist during the Suffolk Cathedral Millennium

                           Project, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Suffolk

2005- 06         'Cross' Tour to Ely, Peterborough & Lincoln Cathedrals &


                          Project artist during the Suffolk Cathedral, Suffolk

                          Project, St. Edmunsdsbury Cathedral, Suffolk

2005                'Millennium Tower' - end f project solo ehxibition,

                          St. Edmunsbury Cathedra (accompanying publication with essay

                          by Ronald Blythe)

2003 - 2004   'Art Works in Mental Health'  Royal College of Art, London,

                          Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham

                          'Cross' - inaugural exhibition, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral,

                           Bury St. Edmunds

                          'Art Auction East', Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk

                           Work Auction East', Bury St. Edmunds Festival

                           Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition,


                          'Cross Country', Bury St. Edmunds Art gallery, Suffolk &

                           Niederrheinisches Museum, Kevelaer, Germany

                           The Old Fire Engine house, Ely, Cambridgeshire

                          'This Flat Earth', University and Firstsite Galleries,


                          The Laing Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

                          'Recent Work', Bury Festival, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

                           The Laing Exhibition, Mall galleries, PRIZEWINNER 





Hoar Frost
Lillias August RI


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