Rebecca Lilley was born in Shepperton-on-Thames in 1959 and first studied art at Hornsey College of Art in London. She received a Sculpture BA (Hons.) from Chelsea School of Art and Design and in 1984 attended Brighton College of Art to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking. During that period, Rebecca exhibited her work with the New Contemporaries at the ICA in The Mall and at the Stowells Trophy Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Her work was also selected for the Seventh International Drawing Biennale in Cleveland (UK).
Rebecca worked as a muralist, architectural artist, special effect painter, illustrator, community printmaker, fine art printmaker, artist-in-residence and an art lecturer and tutor. Winning awards for her mural and printmaking work in particular, Rebecca worked on many public and private commissions in London and beyond. Her drawings and printmaking work have been exhibited widely and remain in collections in private, corporate and public venues in the UK and abroad.
Working from her studio in Petersfield, Hampshire, Rebecca's later work explored traditional methods of painting and drawing and printmaking as well as integrating contemporary technologies. Her images originated either from life or from her photography, or from wider current world events. Her work was also inspired by paintings, drawings, designs, photography, film and audio of the past.
On 25 November 2015, Rebecca died of breast cancer at her home in Petersfield. She is survived by her daughter, Leonora.
If you would like to know more about Rebecca's life and work, please email jo dot lilley at rocketmail dot com.