Lisa MilroyLight Bulbs 1988

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Lisa Milroy (born 1959)
Light Bulbs
Date 1988
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2034 x 2845 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
Not on display


Light Bulbs is a large oil painting by Lisa Milroy of various types of domestic light bulb arranged in neat groupings and pictured with prominent shadows on an anonymous white surface. Milroy’s depiction of the objects has both realistic and impressionistic qualities: the bulbs are life-like in their execution and volume, yet they seem to quiver and flicker on the canvas. There is also perhaps a gem-like aspect to the objects, with their brass and aluminum fittings gleaming like gold and silver, and the smallest pieces taking on the appearance of diamonds or jewels. Milroy has stated that the painting should remain unframed.

Born in Canada, Milroy has lived and worked in London since 1978, when she moved to the city to study first at Saint Martin’s School of Art and then at Goldsmith’s College (where she graduated in 1982). Domestic items, including clothes, shoes and books, were the focus of her work from the beginning of her career. The artist painted these objects quickly and from memory, and using only eight colours to mix her paints… (read more)

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