Lillian Delevoryas was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, USA in 1932. She trained as an artist in New York, at Pratt Institute and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. After graduation, she travelled and studied extensively in Japan, France and Greece.
Lillian’s repertoire covers a vast area, spanning over 60 years as an artist, which began in New York in the ’50’s and ’60’s, where she established herself as a painter, with frequent exhibits in the gallery world.
In 1970 Lillian moved to England and since then has made it her adopted home. When she arrived in London, her work shifted from paint to the medium of fabric applique. Her creations in this medium included garments for actors and pop artists, as well as wall hangings and tapestries for both private and public spaces, including churches and universities.
Lillian married the writer and religious philosopher Robin Amis in 1972, and they moved from London to Gloucestershire. This marked the beginning of her long and fruitful association with the English garden whose variety and profusion reinforced her already strong love of pattern. Again, she changed her medium to watercolour, and soon her floral pictures translated into designs covering a range of fabrics and wallpaper for Designers Guild, ceramics for Habitat and Royal Doulton, and cards for Elgin Court.
During this period Lillian also ran the Weatherall Workshops, a tapestry and needlepoint workshop in the Forest of Dean together with fellow American Kaffe Fassett. Works from this studio won many awards and were exhibited in such places such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal College of Art. From the ’90’s onwards her work was increasingly influenced by the iconography of Greece and Russia. This expanded her repertoire by opening up a completely new dimension, both in content and technique. She then devoted herself to learning the techniques of iconography in order to penetrate penetrating its secrets, as well as to sharpen sharpening her own technique in painting. This gradually led to a series of works which combined iconography with images of the world.
Courtesy of the artist.