Milroy’s paintings from the 1980s take commonplace objects and display them in a way that removes them from their normal context. Here, a pair of blue shoes have been painted in a number of different positions, creating a sense that the shoes themselves are less important to the composition than the arrangement.
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Original: Oil paint on canvas 176.5 x 226 cm Tate. Presented by Charles Saatchi 1992 © 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.