News Banner Updated

Meet Jayson Lilley, Our April Diamond Artist

Artists Features

 To celebrate our 60th anniversary, Liquitex is naming a new ’Diamond Artist’ every month throughout 2015. As well as receiving a Liquitex care package tailored specifically to their artistic style, we’re showcasing their work on our website and Facebook page.

Meet our Liquitex Diamond Artist for April, Jayson Lilley! His prize package consisted of a selection of Liquitex Professional Soft Body and Heavy Body acrylic paints. Learn more about them here


“Being an artist is a round-the-clock job,” says Liquitex Diamond Artist Jayson Lilley. For Lilley, the artistic process is constantly evolving, from gaining inspiration from the world around him through putting the finishing touch on a canvas.

Based in London, Lilley creates paintings and screenprints inspired by city living: the architecture, the culture and the people. In a graphic style, he works with bold, flat color using Liquitex Professional Soft Body and Heavy Body acrylic paints as key tools in his palette.

Metropolitan Inspiration

Leaving his sleepy English hometown, Lilley was attracted to the fast pace of London, embarking upon a period of study in the buzzing metropolis years ago. “I never left,” he says, “and I suppose that’s not surprising: my work tends to focus on social scenes. I love to observe the subtle ways that people interact with each other and with the urban landscape. London is the best place for me to do that.”

This close observation of his subject often results in large-scale portraiture, which allows Lilley to dive into the intrinsic elements of facial expression.

To get to that final point of close observation takes a lot of research. “I spend a lot of time preparing for a painting before actually getting started,” he says. “You’ll find me spending days, at least, researching sites and their surrounding areas, taking photographs and developing compositions.”

Getting Intermixable

It’s not just the process of creating single paintings that is in a constant state of growth. Lilley’s wider practice receives the same treatment. An intermixable approach opens up new creative opportunities, particularly as the artist expands his materials arsenal with wood, collage and gold leaf. Being able to rely on art materials being fully compatible and color-matched is of paramount importance to Lilley as well. “As much as I like to explore, there’s a constant theme running through my work. It’s color, and lots of it!”

As part of his Liquitex Diamond Artist prize, Lilley received a care package of Liquitex Professional Soft Body and Heavy Body acrylic paints. Read about the paints’ qualities and how they can help you explore a similar Pop Art stylehere.


Jayson Lilley’s next show 'Variations' will be hosted at Gallery@Oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank London SE1 9PH Head over between 1st - 5th July 2015.

April 01, 2015 < Back To News

Please select your location