I have built close working relationships with The Dad’s Army Museum, Laurel and Hardy Museum and a number of comedy fan clubs supplying them with exclusive commissions and a range of unique merchandise including prints, cards, mugs, keyrings and fridge magnets. I have just finished a Scrooge commission for Talking Pictures TV http://www.renownfilms.co.uk which has gone on sale on their webstore with limited edition prints selling fast. My work has also been showcased by the Grand Order of Water Rats and The Heritage Foundation and a number of retail outlets. Please feel free to take a minute or two to view my full portfolio at www.stevelilart.co.uk
The Comedy Classics series evolved from a private commission for a work colleague who’s friends were opening a cafe in Derbyshire, it was originally named Godfrey’s, the new proprietors being big Dad’s Army fans decided they wanted to keep the name. I was commissioned to create a large group portrait of the Dad’s Army cast with Godfrey as the centre of attention and was given a free artistic rein. I enjoyed the job so much I wanted to do another piece for myself and with the support of a local gallery went to work on Dad’s Army MK2. Luckily for me the gallery loved the work and we agreed to do a limited edition print run from the original artwork from these beginnings the series evolved.
Steve Lilly is an award winning artist from Birmingham. His work is now becoming very collectable with many of his works in private collections. Steve’s art has received praise from figures within the comedy industry with work being showcased by numerous groups and fan clubs as far away as New Zealand and America. These include The Dad’s Army Museum (Artist in Residence), Laurel and Hardy Museum, Official On The Buses Fan Club (Depot Artist in Residence), Grand Order of Water Rats, The Heritage Foundation and the Hi, De, Hi! Fan Club.
Every portrait is created with meticulous attention to detail and is built up over many, many hours by carefully blending layers of finely laid pencil.
“I really strive to capture the expressions and mannerisms that are so characteristic of the great comedians I am trying to portray. I’m not just looking for a likeness but an essence unique to each character that will bring them to life on the paper. I think I owe these fantastic actors something for all the fun and laughter they have brought to me over the years.”
“I think your work is quite excellent. Congratulations.” David Croft OBE, co-creator of Dad’s Army
“I think your work is amazing and the word “genius” somehow comes to mind!” Jeffery Holland, Spike from Hi, De, Hi amongst numerous other roles
“We love working with Steve! Apart from the fact that his work is sublime-certainly the best pencil drawings of the Dad’s Army cast that we have ever seen, he is a genuinely lovely guy, who still gets embarrassed when we tell him how wonderful his work is. We have formed a brilliant working relationship with Steve and class him as very much part of our very successful team.” Corinne Fulford, Charles Burrell & Dad’s Army Museums
“Each portrait is remarkable not only for the artistic skill involved, but also for how it manages to capture so perfectly the expressions and mannerisms which bring each character to life” Jacqui Gray (The Journal)
“The 2nd most popular event of last year’s festival was … Steve Lilly! Beaten by John Bishop … and beating the Hairy Bikers! …(This was based on unique visitors to the official festival website).”….Dave Freak (Birmingham Comedy Festival Organiser).