About Lillian Gray

Lillian Gray Contemporary Fine Artist

The Lillian Gray Art School teaches the fundamentals of art, in a manner that is easy to understand, no matter your age or level of artistic expertise.

As an artist, Lillian is renowned for her contemporary portraiture and anatomy studies, executed in contrasting colours.

She uses only the finest quality paints and pigments, such as Winton and Winsor & Newton’s Artist Range, which she applies to high-quality, natural Belgium Linen canvas.

Lillian draws inspiration from a variety of sources. On a personal level, her work incorporates her life, her encounters and her emotions, (predominantly her jovial personality and her deep-rooted love for creativity). On an abstract level, qualities which she values and appear throughout her work are themes of identity, the value of relationships and people’s personal stories. On an artist level, she draws inspiration from artists such as Irma Stern, Toulouse-Lautrec and Lucian Freud and from her favorite art movements, German Expressionism and Impressionism.

Every visual reference that Lillian uses, she has sourced and / or photographed herself. She often uses anonymous models, which contribute to the creation of a truly unique image and an original artwork.

Lillian studied at the Stellenbosch University and the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and completed her studies with distinction. She has been the Guest Lecturer at two tertiary institutions and has also had the honour of speaking at Pecha Kucha, Cape Town on “Unblocking Creativity”.

Lillian lives and works in Fairland, Johannesburg and is a loving wife and mother of two.

South African Fine Artist Lillian Gray seated holding paint brushes and smiling in her studio.

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Lillian was raised in the rural West Coast what has now known a small town called Jacobsbaai. There she was exposed to the outdoors and nature. Her surroundings played a central role in Lillian’s upbringing. The lack of electricity and remote setting of the town forced her and her siblings to seek alternative means of entertainment and activities. It cultivated an active imagination and love for creativity. She could draw before she could write, and always had her sketchbook handy. At the age of 9, Lillian started painting on glass and selling it at local curio stores. At ten she sold her first artworks at an Eisteddfod to one of the judges. At 19 Lillian had her first solo exhibition as the ATKV’s Regional Artist of the year on the West Coast. It was however only in late 2011 that Lillian was exposed to oil painting as a medium. This soon became her preferred medium as she was finding her own artistic identity.

Lillian’s process as an artist remains adaptive, inventive and engaging. She continues to learn and develop her artistic technique. Her dream is to inspire and captivate minds of art novices and experts around the world – sharing emotions and moments people often fear to engage with.

5 Key Books to Lillian’s Success

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Be so good they can’t ignore you by Cal Newport

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck

Whatever you think, think the opposite by Paul Arden


2009 – Business Management – Stellenbosch University
2009 – B.A. in Visual Communication – Stellenbosch Academy
2005 – B.A Fine Arts – Stellenbosch University
2006 – ATKV Streeks Kunstenaar – Fine Artist


2018 – hung (salon style) In Toto Gallery – Sandton – JHB.

2017 – George Bizo’s 90th birthday Gala Dinner – JHB

2017 – The Arethe Daflos Bizos Annual Art Exhibition entitled “I am Free” – JHB

2012 – Pink Geranium – STB

2011 – Aardklop Arts Festival – Snow Flake Millhouse – Potchefstroom

2010 – Lanzerac Estate  – STB

2006 – ATKV Fees – Guest Artist – “Die Weskus en sy mense”

Browse through some of Lillian’s original artworks.