Lily Kemp



Wimbledon College of Arts

Kemp’s work focuses on the importance of representation. She explores art history and visual culture’s representation of women, in particular of those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background. Her desire to contribute to the visual culture of marginalised and underrepresented narratives drives her work. Kemp sources her figures from contemporary mass media. She creates multiple layers in her paintings using visual suggestions of drapery and holes within the painting to conceal and reveal new spaces. By presenting the women in her work as self-possessed individuals with ownership of their environment, Kemp is “reaffirming to my audience that it is ok to be seen and to take up space.”



Acrylic on canvas

100 x 120 cm




September 1, 2019 8:10 pm


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