Lizzy Stewart: Solitary House

Released Tuesday, July 17, 2012

print image Solitary House, by Lizzy Stewart.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Lizzy Stewart is an illustrator currently living in South London and studying for a masters degree at Central St Martins.  She is interested in storytelling, personal narratives and drawing as a primary method of communication. Her work is concentrated around traditional drawing with a pencil and paper.

Lizzy graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and since then has been working as a freelance illustrator for a variety of clients. She enjoys the daily challenge of commissions but relishes the opportunity to make personal work in her free time. Recently this has involved keeping a daily diary in drawn form as well as releasing a number of small publications featuring short, illustrated stories.

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About the print: I have a thing about chilly, wintery landscapes and this one adheres pretty closely to that. I love the idea of houses sitting quietly in bewildering locations, standing stoic and firm against the elements! I dream of houses like this; maybe one day I'll find myself in one but for now drawing it will have to suffice.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


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What has inspired you recently?
At the moment I'm thinking a lot about people and narratives; the stories we keep in our heads and our hearts and how we carry them with us like precious relics.

Why did you choose to pair with Doctors Without Borders with your print?
I've chosen Doctors Without Borders because their work is unutterably brave and worthwhile. I'm in awe of people who throw themselves into dangerous situations out of sheer compassion for humanity and a desire to help. I wish I were such a person.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I don't think I see it in a measurable sense. I don't think I've witnessed anyone have an epiphany in front of a painting or anything like that. I'm not sure that art makes a tangible difference to most people's lives but the lack of it certainly does. A familiarity with art, be it film, painting or literature offers an insight into the lives of others, a route for compassion and understanding that it would, otherwise, be hard to find. So whilst I cannot plainly say that art transforms in a concrete way I think, without it, I do fully believe in its subtle ability to tell us the stories we need to understand the world.

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If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I'd like Doris Lessing to teach me how to write and to have Robert Rauschenberg looking over my shoulder as I splash paint around. That'd be good.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Ping Zhu has enviable drawing skills, she is also my studio mate and cohort in a life of crime! Rose Blake makes clever, playful work that i really adore, and Kaye Blegvad's work is dark yet inviting.

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