Rosalind Lyons

Rosalind Lyons

Rosalind Lyons has long been fascinated by the past; her paintings are strongly indebted to the Renaissance art of Italy and Northern Europe, Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits and influenced more recently by Shakespeare’s plays.

Her practice involves the creation of an interdisciplinary dialogue, where the visual and the verbal intertwine and overlap. Ideas and thoughts meander and drift; there is a strong sense of the inherent uncertainty of Shakespeare’s plays and characters, the visual allusions to the Renaissance and Elizabethan England, to boy players playing girls playing boys, to the intricacies and extravagance of costume or the ethereal shimmer of candlelight on a white-painted face. It is the interweaving of silent words – what Harold Pinter called the ‘language locked beneath’ – and visual quotation, of echoes, of ghosts, of shadows, of something sensed rather than known – ‘that is, and is not’(Twelfth Night), the transience of performance and the illusory ambiguity of real and imagined memory.

Rosalind has exhibited regularly in both solo and mixed exhibitions, including solo shows at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, and the Long Gallery at Blickling Hall in Norfolk.

Rosalind gained a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts, MA in Fine Art, and has recently completed a practice-based PhD, which focused on Shakespearean theatre and involved extensive research across literature, history and performance, including a period as Artist in Residence at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
She has also worked as an illustrator of children’s books and lecturer in art and design.


Bepainted All With Red
Oil on Canvas
16 x 12 inches
£1950

The Red Shoes
Oil on Canvas
24 x 16 inches
£3450

Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair
Oil on Canvas
24 x 24 inches

Child of Fancy
Oil on Board
24 x 12 inches

What Country, Friends, is This?
Oil on Board
48 x 24 inches

Turn'd To a Modest Gaze
Oil on Board
12 x 6 inches

Return Again to Venice
Oil on Board
24 x 16 inches

One Aloof Stand Sentinel
Oil on Board
24 x 12 inches

Look Pale and Wonder
Oil on Board
16 x 12 inches

He Sent in Writing After Me
Oil on Board
12 x 6 inches

Il Buffone
Oil on Canvas
32 x 16 inches

The Winchester Geese
Oil on Board
24 x 24 inches

So Painted to Make Her Fair
Oil on Board
24 x 16 inches

Is his Head Worth a Hat?
Oil on Board
16 x 12 inches

Good Night, My Good Owl
Oil on Board
24 x 12 inches

Two Lovely Berries
Oil on Board
24 x 24 inches

Cover Thy Head
Oil on Board
16 x 12 inches

To Make a Puppet of Me
Oil on Board
18 x 12 inches

Bright Angel
Oil on Board
24 x 18 inches

A Most Rare Boy
Oil on Board
18 x 12 inches

Nightly Sings the Staring Owl
Oil on Board
24 x 12 inches

But 'Twas Her Hands
Oil on Board
12 x 9.5 inches