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Lillian Delevoryas Lillian Delevoryas (1932 - 2018) was an American artist whose career spanned six decades. Lillian Delavoryas’s life in art was long, successful, and eventful.

Her art took many forms, the subject matter that engaged her, the styles and media in which worked, as well as her experiences as an exhibiting artist and designer in the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom. However, with this first blogpost, and frequently throughout this series, we will focus on an extraordinary body of work that she created during the last years of her life. In fact, L

illian was among a number of renowned artists throughout history, east and west, who had experienced an explosion of creativity in her 80’s despite many physical impairments, producing several series’ of work which are now collected together on the website lilliandelavoryas.net Although unable to paint due to a shoulder operation, Lillian used collage to combine her past artwork with other images in two series: Mary Magdalene and Expulsion, while the third series, In the Library, celebrated her discovery of the iPad.

‘Manna (II)’Lillian created Manna in 2005 and it is now in a private collection. It is part of Lillian’s series of pictu...
14/06/2024

‘Manna (II)’

Lillian created Manna in 2005 and it is now in a private collection. It is part of Lillian’s series of pictures on the Life of Moses and is featured in her book ‘Visual Contemplations’ (Sansom & Co, 2015, Bristol) which she published at the age of 83.

Created with oil and gold leaf on board with the warming contrast of colours red, blue and gold. We feel a sense of comfort from this piece showing us people supporting others, worship and prayers. The stories we see could be that the deep blue boarder represents the sea and the red showing the lives lost at sea. Or could the hands represent gods welcoming souls into the afterlife?

What do you feel and see?

Prints of Lillian’s work is available to purchase on our website.

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‘African Shawl’African Shawl (reversed) is from Lillian’s library series which she exhibited three years after her belov...
10/06/2024

‘African Shawl’

African Shawl (reversed) is from Lillian’s library series which she exhibited three years after her beloved husband Robin Amis had died in 2014.

The model is pictured in Robin’s library and Lillian used a variety of techniques: impasto, applying oil paint thickly with a palette knife in the white areas; sgraffito, scraping away the white paint to reveal an undercoat of black which thus forms the shelves and book outlines, and collage of different patterns and textures where she photographed the model and then painted over the outline.

We find the blanket in this piece comforting for this person roaming for peace in the corners of her home. We like that it shows her deep in thought and as we are not able to see this person’s face, we imagine what she would look like… Is she happy, sad, content?

What do you see?

African Shawl (reversed) is part of Lillian’s private collection and will shortly be offered for sale through a private auction.

Please enquire if you would like to be added to the auction mailing list.

Click the link below to head to our website, where you can now purchase prints of this piece.

https://lilliandelevoryas.net/product/african-shawl-negative-2/

‘Loving Kindness’This piece combines Lillian’s love of flowers and her devotion to the Theotokos. The delicacy of touch ...
04/06/2024

‘Loving Kindness’

This piece combines Lillian’s love of flowers and her devotion to the Theotokos. The delicacy of touch and numinous colour gives the impression that the mother and child are somehow floating between this world and another, unseen dimension.

The further we look into this, more stories start to unfold.

Could this be a mother and child entering the afterlife together?

A queen and prince left behind to fend for themselves?

A mother’s love and protection?

‘Loving Kindness’ Is part of Lillian’s private collection and will shortly be offered for sale through a private auction.

Please enquire if you would like to be added to the auction mailing list.

Prints of Lillian’s work is available to purchase on our website.

Click the link below:

http://lilliandelevoryas.net

Eternal Springtime (2017)The basis for this picture is ‘Long bouquet for design’ which Lillian created in the 70s. The f...
20/05/2024

Eternal Springtime (2017)

The basis for this picture is ‘Long bouquet for design’ which Lillian created in the 70s.

The figures are representing the encounter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene at the moment of resurrection. These were found on the internet and applied as a collage and finished with gold paint for the halos.

If you would like to purchase a print then you can order this in size:

“20 x “20 (50 x 50cm)

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https://lilliandelevoryas.net/product/eternal-springtime/

Expulsion (2016)Lillian used a copy of one of her original floral paintings which she digitally enhanced, printed, then ...
17/05/2024

Expulsion (2016)

Lillian used a copy of one of her original floral paintings which she digitally enhanced, printed, then gilded with gold leaf. The figures were found on the internet, printed, cut out and applied as a collage to finish the picture.

Lillian’s use of layering and blending created a beautiful tranquil image that we just cannot stop looking at.

If you love this just as much as we do then you can now order this print on the website in size:

“24 x “32 (60 x 80 cm)

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https://lilliandelevoryas.net/product/expulsion/

Lillian was born in Chicopee Falls Massachusetts, USA to Greek parents who had recently emigrated from the Peloponnese. ...
08/05/2024

Lillian was born in Chicopee Falls Massachusetts, USA to Greek parents who had recently emigrated from the Peloponnese. In the 1950’s she received her initial art training in New York at Pratt Institute and the Cooper Union.

She subsequently travelled and studied in Japan, France and Greece before returning to New York where she started exhibiting her work. Lillian eventually settled in England in the early 70’s, continuing to produce work in a variety of media until her peaceful passing in 2018.

During her long and productive career as an artist Lillian mastered many techniques, media and forms, from oils to pastels and watercolours, from painting to fabric appliqué, tapestry and designs for ceramics, from landscapes to nudes, flowers, interiors and iconography. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and several pieces are in the permanent collections of national institutions.

Lillian established Collection Boreas as a non-profit company with a group of friends to conserve and promote her artistic legacy. Since then we have continued to exhibit her work and also established a gallery of her pictures for several years in Glastonbury.

Following the closure of the gallery, Collection Boreas is now bringing Lillian’s art to a wider audience through social media and her recently refreshed website. Please see link in bio.

Presenting her life in art as a way of seeing life, we hope that Lillian’s life and work will inspire you to recognise, as she did, that ‘beauty will save the world’.

16/07/2022

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