Lillias August studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London followed by a postgraduate course in The History of Art and Design. She was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) in 2006 and has received several awards for both her landscape and her architectural work. She is currently the RI Honorary Secretary. She exhibits regularly with the RI in their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London as well as in their other exhibitions both here and abroad.
Lillias was project artist for St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds during the Suffolk Cathedral Millennium Project, a unique building project (Patron HRH Prince of Wales) that included the building of the Cathedral’s Central tower and it’s highly decorated fan vaulted ceiling.. ‘Cross’, a series of paintings that grew out of the project, toured to Ely, Peterborough and Lincoln Cathedrals and to Southwell Minster with grants from, amongst others, Arts Council England East and East Midlands (2005 – 6).
Lillias was elected a full member of the IEA in November 2014.
Although continuing her landscape work, Lillias has recently been focusing on still life painting. She has been working on a series of long pictures of familiar, everyday objects showing signs of ordinary use and service. Invaluable to our lives but not necessarily acknowledged, Lillias often lays them out in a row as if in a museum. This type of scrutiny of everyday things has recently led on to the study of more precious Roman and Stone age objects held in the open storage area of the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).
Articles and Publications
Millennium Tower, St Edmundsbury Cathedral , 2000 – 2005 (ISBN 9550371-1-5)
Vaulted ceiling, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 2009 – 2010 (ISBN 9550371-2-2)
2015 Watercolour Artist magazine, July/August issue – My latest painting
2012 Watercolour Artist, February issue – featured artist
2011 Artists and Illustrators magazine, June 2011 – talking techniques
2010 The Artist Magazine, May issue – featured artist ‘In Conversation’ with Julian Halsby
2010 L’Art de L’Aquarelle, December issue (English edition) – featured artist