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

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 paintings.

I like to work 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 R&D.

By 2006 I had become less interested as the job I ended up in was a non-creative roll. 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.

Business Information
Business name: Tony Lilley Art
Full time self employed artist since March 2006

  • Committee member and Web Manager of - The Bury St Edmunds Art Society
  • Elected member of - The Suffolk Art Society
  • A past member of Cambridge Open Studios, (before moving to Bury St Edmunds).

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.

A book cover I painted and designed for Sarah Ball -

The Dream Theatre book cover
The Dream Theatre book cover

Cambridge Edition Magazine Jan 2014

Style Magazine June 2013

Artists & Illustrators Magazine April14

I don't normally do commissioned work.