Lily Macrae


Lily Macrae studied at Edinburgh College of Art where she begun to make a name for herself. Today, Lily lives and works in Glasgow from a studio on the banks of the Clyde River.

She has shown work at numerous exhibitions across the UK, and also in Japan. Her most recent exhibition was at The Royal Scottish Academy, after receiving one of The RSA Pandemic: A personal response to COVID-19 Awards, and subsequent artist grant.

Lily also received The British Sasakawa Foundation Emerging artist grant, promoting mutual cooperation between the UK and Japan. She also won The Hope Scott Award for emerging Scottish artists, enabling her to undertake a residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, Japan prior to this.

Her work can be found in a number of private and corporate collections both across the UK and Internationally, as her reputation continues to grow.


Creating art which draws so much influence from old masters such as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Eugène Delacroix, suspends my work somewhere in between the past and present.

Re-imagining these stories to highlight their power, beauty, and often absurdity, I am exploring the role they play within a contemporary narrative and the ability they have to deliver a timeless portrayal of humanity.

I reinterpret these iconic scenes to learn from the human architecture, playing with the traditional intentions of the imagery. I want to honour each works ancestry whilst questioning our ineluctable relationship with the past.

Drawn to the fleeting nature of the painterly gesture, I am using the process of painting itself as being an act of both excavation and construction. Each painting is an attempt to capture an image within the spontaneous gesture, to encapsulate this feeling of touch and fleeting movement. I want to produce works that feel timeless, as if caught in the movement of a moment.

I paint in an almost negative way, applying the paint only to remove most of it, searching through each layer for earlier shape and form, whilst attempting to reveal what lies beneath the surface. Each painting is an excavation process, as I attempt to visualise something that has been forgotten.

b.1994 Edinburgh, Scotland
Lives and works Glasgow, Scotland

2012-16 | BA Fine Art | Edinburgh College of Art

Awards || Residencies

Pandemic: A response to Covid 19 Award, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Residency with Air 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Sotokanda Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

The British Sasakawa Foundation Emerging artist grant, promoting mutual cooperation between the UK and Japan

The Hope Scott Trust, Murray. Beith. Murray, grant for emerging Scottish Artists

Exhibitions || Solo & Group

DAYDREAMING, Tom Faulkner, Chelsea, London

Latitudes: A response to covid 19, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

Lily Macrae, Art Pistol Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Zeitgeist, 108 Fine Art – Harrogate, UK

She Said, Cass Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Phantoms: Between here and there, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Air 3331 Open Studio: Nishikichō Studio, Air 3331, Kanda Nishikichō, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

CASS ART Glasgow, Group show, Glasgow, Scotland

State of Change, Art Pistol Gallery Glasgow, Scotland

Mutual Open Studios : Mutual Cooperative, Edinburgh, Scotland

Best of Scottish Graduates, Art Pistol Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

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