Steve Lilly (stevelilart) is a portrait artist from Birmingham UK who specialises in portraits of famous British comedy acts. He is the Official Talking Pictures TV Artist, The Dad's Army Museum Artist in Residence and works closely with the Laurel and Hardy Museum, The Homefront Museum and a number of comedy fan clubs including On The Buses (Depot Artist in Residence), Hi, De, Hi!, Carry On and Steptoe and Son supplying them with exclusive commissions, original artwork and a range of merchandise. His work has also been showcased by the Grand Order of Water Rats, The National Trust, Birmingham Comedy Festival, Black Country Living Museum and The Heritage Foundation. Stevelilart is now the Art4Nature Official Artist.
Steve is now becoming a very collectable artist with many of his works in private collections around the world. Steve’s art has received praise from figures within the comedy and horror industry with work being showcased by numerous groups and fan clubs as far away as New Zealand and America.
Every portrait is created with meticulous attention to detail and is built up over many, many hours by carefully blending layers of finely laid pencil. "I really strive to capture the expressions and mannerisms that are so characteristic of the great characters I am trying to portray. I’m not just looking for a likeness but an essence unique to each person that will bring them to life on the paper. I think I owe these fantastic actors something for all the fun and laughter they have brought to me over the years."
""We love working with Steve! Apart from the fact that his work is sublime-certainly the best pencil drawings of the Dad's Army cast that we have ever seen, he is a genuinely lovely guy, who still gets embarrassed when we tell him how wonderful his work is. We have formed a brilliant working relationship with Steve and class him as very much part of our very successful team."
- Charles Burrell & Dad's Army Museums
"Each portrait is remarkable not only for the artistic skill involved, but also for how it manages to capture so perfectly the expressions and mannerisms which bring each character to life"
- The Journal
"The 2nd most popular event of last years festival was ... Steve Lilly! Beaten by John Bishop ... and beating the Hairy Bikers!"
(This was based on unique visitors to the official festival website)
- Birmingham Comedy Festival Organiser