Angela Lizon


Lizon’s work is about connections, storytelling and family histories. Growing up as the daughter of a displaced person who came to the UK from Poland, she never met her grandparents and therefore has few family photographs, apart from the occasional photographs she received from unknown relatives sharing her surname.

Lizon uses the few photographs she does have, along with personal, found, or bought photographs from Ebay, as source material for her small paintings. The anonymity and ambiguity of these images contain narratives within themselves, but when placed together they create visual links and connections, sometimes obvious literal ones, sometimes more subtle and personal to the viewer. The stories they create when placed together make them more than their individual worth. Any single painting is interchangeable with another and a different story will be told. The anonymous photographs mingle with her own, creating a new family history.

Lizon recreates these authentic moments using painting techniques that capture the chemical processing techniques used in 20th Century photography; blurs, over/underexposure, water damage and fading add authenticity to her small works.

Lizon graduated from Bristol Polytechnic in 1986 and lives and works in Bristol. She was a selected for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and for the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, and won the Exeter Phoenix Open in 2009.

2014  Menagerie – Coates & Scarry, London, UK
2013  Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch on Thames, UK
2011  Prema Art Centre, Uley, UK
2010  Howard Gardens Gallery, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK

Reigning Cats and Dogs – RWA, Bristol, UK
Above Second, Hong Kong
NTE, Howard Gardens Gallery, UWIC, Cardiff, UK
Philadelphia Street Gallery, Coates and Scarry, Bristol, UK
Saudade – Bo-lee Gallery, London, UK
Be Our Guest – Oriel Davies, Newton, Wales, UK
Anthology – Charlie Smith, London, UK

Pop Up, Cube Gallery, Bristol, UK
WAC Open – Wells and Mendip Museum, UK
John Moores Painitng Prize – Liverpool University, UK
Art Melbourne, Coates and Scarry, Australia
Jubilee Art, View Gallery Bristol, UK
Unnatural Natural History – RWA Bristol, UK

Brussels Art Fair – Cube Gallery, UK
Colossal Cats – Howard Gardens Gallery Cardiff, UK
It’s Not Funny – Map Gallery Leeds, UK
RA Summer Exhibition – Royal Academy, London, UK
Grotesques – Antler’s Bristol, UK
Never Judge – Stolen Space Gallery London, UK
Ladies Night – My Plastic Heart Gallery, New York, US

Open West – University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
Modern Fabulists – View Gallery, Bristol, UK
Art Chicago, Cube Gallery, Bristol, UK
BV Studios Open Painting, BV Studios, Bristol, UK
Colossal Cats Solo Show – Prema Art Centre, Gloucestershire, UK
National Open Competition – Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol, UK

John Moore’s Painting Prize selected
Threadneedle Prize
Exeter Phoenix Open (Exhibition Award winner and Audience Choice Award winner)

1987  Post Grad Krakow Academy of Fine Art
1986  BA (Hons) Fine Art Bristol Polytechnic