This painting from 1998 belongs to a small series of works based on photographs taken by Milroy the previous summer. Using a telephoto lens, she captured images of strangers in central London, giving the resulting paintings a sense of deliberate ambiguity. The woman is depicted against a neutral grey background that removes any sense of context, while her expression is impenetrable.
Girl with Sunglasses
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 107 x 117 cm Tate. Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1998. © Lisa Milroy
Born in Vancouver in 1959, Lisa Milroy is a Canadian-British artist best known for her still life paintings of everyday domestic objects, meticulously arranged into formal, grid-like compositions. After studying at the Université de Paris- Sorbonne, she moved to London and took up a place at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Much of her work has focused on commonplace objects, beginning with the small scale still lifes she produced for her first solo exhibition in 1984 and continuing throughout her career. Though her paintings relate to figurative objects, they are sometimes categorized as abstract works, with the objects themselves used simply as compositional elements.