Art Statement

I am an artist living and working in Blackshaw Head where my studio overlooks the misty Pennine Hills.

I am currently studying for an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice at the University of Salford, where my practice is evolving and my blog charts this. I have travelled widely in Spain, Portugal and South America, where the intense luminosity of light and colour profoundly influenced my artwork.

I have always painted: I like a painting to emeLisa Kiltyrge from the canvas.  I work mainly in acrylics on canvas, for the jewel-like colour, flexibility, durability and the quick drying time between layers of paint – of which there are many.

My work is infused with Celtic and Hispanic influences, as my heritage is English and Irish, and my area of expertise is in Hispanic Arts. My themes and sources of inspiration to date include: Grief, time, perception, dreams, archetypes, icons, symbols, meditation, mythology, journeys and sacred places.

I am inspired by our spiritual heritage and all the themes therein. I have been working on a series of paintings about the ancient history and spiritual heritage of Britain. I am using ancient writings, histories and archaeological findings and treasures as part of my creative process, in order to anchor the mystical, visionary aspect of my painting with a sense of reality: It is a way of exploring our shared, evolving heritage.

After two years intensive work, I have completed a triptych about the Re-appropriation of St George; claiming him back from the Far right as  a symbol of integrity and unity.  I have explored the deeper themes associated with him and his fascinating connections across the world.

I have recently held an exhibition at Wells Cathedral called “Affinity” 20th -30th April 2018 . This exhibition has also been hosted at Bradford Cathedral last April .I have developed site specific work for both Cathedrals and I aim to develop this exhibition further. Watch this space…

Lisa has exhibited independently and as part of the Outsider Art Movement in Leeds, London, York, Berlin and Valencia. She is currently represented by Sable and Ox  . Her paintings and prints are shown locally in EarthSpirit, Hebden Bridge, and online in her Etsy shop.