Lucy in her studio

1954

Born

1972 - 1975

Trained: Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford.

1976 - 1978

Lived in Greece and established an etching workshop on the island of Syros, affiliated to The Aegean School of Art.

1980

Opened Moorland House Workshop in Somerset, running residential painting and printmaking courses until 1986.

1981

Travelled to Italy on a Bockingford International Watercolour Award.

1986

First of ten solo exhibitions at the Chris Beetles Gallery, London.

1987

Commissioned to paint in Northern Portugal. Commissioned to paint in Guernsey for the Guernsey Tourist Board.

1988

Wrote and Illustrated Light, How to See it, How to Paint it published by Cassells.

1990

Tutored painting group in North Yemen for The Artist magazine.

1991

Tutored painting group in Southern India for The Artist magazine. Became artist in residence at Shepton Mallet Prison, Somerset (until 1993).

1992

Won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery for the portrait of prison inmates entitled Her Majesty's Pleasure. Ran painting workshops in Dubai and travelled to Oman to paint Became visiting artist an the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

1993

Elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy. Commissioned to paint Lord and Lady Longford for the National Portrait Gallery. Illustrated Excursions in the Real World by William Trevor. Tutored painting group in the South of France for The Artist magazine. Organised the first regional Koestler Exhibition of Prison Art in Taunton.

1995

Tutored painting group in Zanzibar for The Artist magazine.

1996

Tutored painting group in Egypt for The Artist magazine. Exeter Health Care Arts commissioned an oil painting for the RD&E hospital. Travelled to Hungary to paint. Tutored painting group in France for the Friends of the RWA.

1997

Wrote and illustrated Light in Watercolour published by HarperCollins. Became visiting tutor at Somerset College of Arts and Technology. Tutored painting group at the Alhambra in Spain for The Artist magazine.

1998

Travelled to Senegal, West Africa to paint.

1999

Tutored painting group in Gujarat, Western India for The Artist magazine.

2000

Travelled to India to paint people and places threatened by the damming of the Narmada River. 'Year of the Artist' Commission to work with inmates at H M Portland Young Offender Institution on murals within the prison. Tutored painting group in Morroco for The Artist magazine.

2001

Organised a fund raising exhibition "Bhuj before the Earthquake". See special appeal page Exhibition at the Curwen Gallery.

2002

Tutored painting group in Hania, Crete.

2003

BT Batsford published Travels with Watercolour Curated 'Tooth and Claw' animal exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

2004

Tutored painting group in Sicily for The Artist magazine

2005

Tutored painting group in China for The Artist magazine

2007

Tutored painting group in Tunisia for The Artist magazine

2008

Tutored painting group in Venice for The Artist magazine

2009

Travels with Watercolour published in paperback by Batsford Books

2010

Tutored painting group in Syria for The Artist magazine

2011

Tutored painting group in Malta and Gozo

2013

Travelled to paint in China

2015

July 9th: Sunlight & Shadows published by Batsford

1979-81

Langton Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

1982

La Borne Gallery, Cher, Franc

Etchings

1983

Langton Gallery ,London

Paintings and Prints

1983

Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath

Paintings and Prints

1985

Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath Garden

Watercolours

1986

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

1987

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings of Portugal

1988

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

1989

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

1990

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings of the Yemen

1991

Brewhouse Theatre,Taunton,Somerset

Paintings and Prints

1991

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings of India

1992

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings of Oman

1993

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London

Illustrations and Etchings

1994

Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham

Paintings and Prints

1994

Strode College, Street, Somerset

Prison Portraits

1994

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

1995

Milner Gallery, RWA, Bristol

Paintings and Prints

1995

University Art Gallery, Keele

Prints

1996

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

1997

County Museum, Taunton, Somerset

Paintings and Prints

1998

Hestercombe House, Somerset Garden

Watercolours

1998

Black Swan Guild Gallery, Frome

20 Years of Printmaking

2000

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

2000

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Etchings

2000

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

2001

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Paintings and Prints

2003

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Watercolours

2004

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Watercolours

2005

The New Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

A Sense of Place

2006

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

From here to China.

2007

John Leach Gallery, Muchelney, Somerset

From Somerset to Shanghai

2008

Curwen and New Academy Gallery, London

Watercolours

2009

Glastonbury Rural Life Museum.

Travels with Watercolour

2010

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Venice and Beyond

2011

The John Leach Gallery, Somerset

From London to Aleppo

2012

Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Cities of Stone

2012

Somerset Art Weeks Open Studio

Paintings from the Arab World (£1300 raised in aid of the Red Cross in Syria)

2013

The Rectory Gallery, Spitalfields, London

Paintings from the last 25 Years

2014

Curwen Gallery, London

Gardens and other paintings

2016

Curwen Gallery, London

Moments in Time

 

1985

Francis Kyle Gallery, London

Summer Exhibition

1985-2011

3D Gallery Bristol

Mixed Exhibitions

1986

Royal Academy, London

Summer Exhibition

1986-1994

Bankside Gallery, London

Royal Watercolour Society Open

1987

Barbican Art Gallery, London

Rank Xerox Print Exhibition

1987-2014

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Annual Autumn Exhibition

1988-1994

Mall Galleries, London

Royal Society of Painter-Etchers

1992

Chris Beetles Gallery, London

Happy Families Illustrations

1992

National Portrait Gallery, London

BP Portrait Award Exhibition (1st prize)

1995

Touring Exhibition in Japan

Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery

1997 & 2000

Mall Galleries, London

Discerning Eye Exhibition (invited artist)

2000

New Academy Gallery, London

The Crown Estate in Art

2000

South West Academy, Exeter

Print Exhibition

2001

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Academician's Exhibition

2002

New Academy Gallery, London

In Pursuit of the Sun

2003

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Curated and exhibited in 'Tooth and Claw'

2004

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Naked

2005

Medici Gallery, London

The Nude

2006

Royal West of England Academy

The Drawing Room

2007

Royal West of England Academy

Figurative Paintings by Academicians

1989-2007

Mall Galleries, London

Singer and Freidlander Watercolour Exhibition

2006-2007

Manchester Town Hall

Singer and Friedlander Watercolour Touring Exhibition

2005-2009

Sadler Street Gallery, Wells

Mixed gallery artists exhibitions

2008

Bankside Gallery, London

Kaupthing Sunday Times watercolour competition

2009

Royal West of England Academy

The Drawing Room

2010

Royal West of England Academy

Near and Far

2010

Curwen & New Academy Gallery

Hidden London

2011

Somerset Art Weeks 4 man exhibition

'Works on paper'

2012

Secret Cinema/Secret Gallery, London.

12 drawings to accompany 'The Shawshank Redemption'

2013

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Reigning Cats and Dogs

2014

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Shock and Awe

2014

Mall Galleries, London

Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition

2015

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Drawn

 

Sunlight & Shadows

New, lavishly illustrated Lucy Willis watercolour book! Lucy Willis shares her professional tips and expertise on painting inspirational landscapes and interiors full of light.

Read more and order at Amazon.

Travels with Watercolour

Illustrated with 150 watercolours and sketches.

The book was published by B T Batsford 2003 in hardback (ISBN 0 7134 8826 3)

The hardback is now out of print but signed copies are available direct from the artist for £22 + p&p: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paperback edition published by Batsford February 2009 £12.99 ISBN 9781906388331

Light in Watercolour

A book by Lucy Willis, about painting in watercolour, is a available in paperback from most good book shops. Entitled 'Light in Watercolour', it gives pratical information on watercolour techniques, step by step demonstrations and suggestions on where to look for ideas and inspiration.
It is illustrated with over 120 of Lucy Willis's painting, many of which can be seen in the image library.

Among the subjects the book covers are :-

  • Materials and Equipment
  • Working with Watercolour *
  • Importance of Tone
  • Light and Shadow *
  • Ideas and Inspiration
  • Paint Watercolors Indoors *
  • Paint Watercolors Outdoors *
  • Figures and Portrait

Demonstrations are included for the items marked *

The book was published by Harper Collins ISBN 0-00-412976-8

Now out of print but copies can be found on the internet.