About

Tony Lilley is an artist in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere !
Albert Einstein

Latest News 2021
I had to stop working in 2018 when I had a stroke. It's taken a long time to get back to more or less normal.
Hopefully I will be able to get back to all the things I used to do soon.

My Work and Me
Tony Lilley - an artist in Suffolk

My paintings are from my imagination. Scenes that spring into existence and I’m inspired to paint them. I’m always amazed at the finished painting. There, in front of me is a new world that I can look into and seems real. Something that hasn’t been seen by anyone before. There are endless worlds and possibilities.

I have always loved old movie posters and album covers. Remember when they were albums 12 inches, square, and sometimes the paintings would stretch across a double album.
I'm sure these have had a large influence on my work.

I like to paint in acrylics as they allow me to work in many ways from watercolour style painting all the way through to impasto and mixed-media with a fast drying time.
Although my main work continues to be painting with acrylics I sometimes use water mixable oils or mixed-media techniques.

More About Me
I started painting properly, in oils, at the young age of 14 years old. Then I became really interested in science and technology and studied electronic engineering. I worked for many years in electronics, many of them in Research and Development (R&D).

By 2006 I had become less interested in electronics as the job I ended up in was a non-creative roll when jobs were hard to find. At that time our daughter had been studying art and finally studied Fine Art at degree level. This was the turning point for me to become re-inspired with art and I realised it's what I really love to do. And so ended my career in electronics and I started work self employed as an artist.

Our family used to sail boats for many years and I am drawn towards creating coastal scenes and have always loved to visit picturesque shorelines, harbours, lakes and rivers. My favourite harbour is at Southwold in Suffolk. Our family have been going there for many years now and it's very cosy to have breakfast at The Harbour Cafe.

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Many of my paintings also feature cats that are my favourite animal who are full of character and sometimes seem to behave as humans do, although not many humans sleep on a shed roof !

My Studio
For a more, in-depth look at how I work, see my Studio-Art-Info page.

My Videos
For a look at short videos of my work, see my Videos page.

Memberships
Bury St Edmunds Art Society.
I can't take part in the Bury St Edmunds Art Society at the moment due to recovering from a stroke.

Suffok Art Society.
I can't take part in the Suffolk Art Society at the moment due to recovering from a stroke.

Earlier work
Before working full time in painting I worked in photography.
My photography work ranged from Fine Art, to stock images for Photo Libraries, and also Digital Photo Restoration.
Looking back on this I realise that it was a great way to learn about composition, light value and colour which are an essential part of painting.

Commissions
I don't do commissioned work anymore, sorry.