Steve Lilly
portrait artist

Comedy Classics





"The local artist with a rising international reputation"
....Birmingham Comedy Festival
148 Beacon Road
Great Barr
Birmingham B43 7BN
0121 325 1944
Fri 4th - Sat 12th October 2013
Fri 4th October Open Evening/meet the artist 7.00pm - 10.00pm
     “For sheer entertainment, this laugh-out-loud festival can't be beaten...” - Guardian
     "A top line-up of quality stand-up comedy, film, theatre, visual arts, cabaret and much more." - Visit England
Steve Lilly will be exhibiting at his 5th Birmingham Comedy Festival in October and to celebrate he will be unveiling his most ambitious project to date. Best known for depicting large group portraits of famous comedy acts ‘Allo, Allo!’ has a whooping 18 characters and has been on the drawing board for nearly two years. Great Barr born and bred Steve is putting the area on the comedy map with an intimate exhibition at Get the Picture. Renown for an excellent bespoke framing service and local celebrity Charlie the Golden Retriever Get the Picture will play host to Steve for the duration of the festival. "As far as I know Great Barr has never featured as a venue for any of the previous eleven festivals and its about time that it did".

Steve Lilly is an award winning artist  with over 20 years experience creating unique pieces of pencil rendered artwork. His pictures are now very collectable with many of his original pieces in private collections.
The Birmingham Comedy Festival has been drawing (pardon the pun) attention to the city's vibrant comedy scene since 2001 when the debut festival hit the road running thanks to appearances from Peter Kay and Sean Lock. Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest independent arts festival in the region. Alongside a vast range of new local acts, the festival has featured such A-list heavy-hitters as Lee Evans, Michael McIntrye, Frankie Boyle, the cast of cult TV sketch series The Fast Show, Lenny Henry and Ross Noble.
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).

Get the Picture, 148 Beacon Rd, Great Barr, Bham B43 7BN.
T: 0121 325 1944.
Free entry.
Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat
Open evening Friday 4 October 7pm until 10pm: a chance to meet the artist in person.

Mapseekers Studio does not just offer historical maps and books they also host an art gallery which includes paintings, drawings and photography created by popular artists from the Midlands. They also offer a picture framing, photo restoration and printing service so come by and have a look and a talk to their friendly helpful staff. Oh, and pieces of my original artwork are also on display with a range of merchandise for sale on the premises.
30 High Street, Aldridge, WS9 8LZ 
01922 458288

APRIL 2013

Abbeycliffe Care Home

The Abbeywood Care Home Family are delighted to introduce the totally newly refurbished, with no expense spared purpose built Abbeycliffe Care Home in Radcliffe. The interior is designed by experienced professionals the home looks stunning in every way, we have around 30 iconic comedy pieces of artwork and famous people portraits from the turn of the 20th Century many of the art-work has been drawn by highly regarded artist Steve Lilart


 MARCH 2013

It may be snowing outside..

But Corporal Jones’s van is warm and dry in it’s new home at the Charles Burrell Museum. Hopefully the snow will stop in time for the van to make it`s way to the Dad’s Army Museum at 1pm next Saturday, March 30th. A full day's entertainment is planned to celebrate the re-opening of the Dad's Army Museum and there may be a familiar face or two in attendance. I'll be travelling down with my Comedy Classics merchandise and look forward to sampling the famous Walmington Banger Hot Dog (Old Jones would have approved!)



Certainly not Fawlty Towers, Hawcliffe House is a delightful B&B in the heart of the Lake District. The connection with me? my artwork adorns the walls, dotted around the premises you will find Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers, On The Buses......

Diane and Ian welcome you to our Lakeland guest house and home. Stay as guests and leave as our friends!

Situated in the heart of Keswick, only a brief walk from the town centre, lakeside and close to many visitor attractions, Hawcliffe House is ideally placed as a base for a short break or long holiday in the Lake District. We offer excellent value for money bed and breakfast accommodation for any period of stay, and especially welcome walkers and families. Please note that we have a no smoking policy. Whether your stay is for one night or a month or more we guarantee our standards of comfort, food and hospitality. We can't arrange the weather but promise to do everything we can to make your stay with us a memorable and happy one. We have four rooms - two doubles and two twins.  All rooms are en-suite with showers.


April 2011





The Saps At Sea Tent, the Southend branch of the Sons of the Desert (the Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society), were proud to launch their new banner on Sunday 10th April 2011. Instead of their normal monthly meeting featuring classic and rare film and clips of the comedy duo, the Saps had arranged a rather special meeting to honour the memory of Norman Wisdom. Norman was starting his career in the 1950’s and when Laurel & Hardy were touring in the ,UK they saw him performing on several occasions and were very impressed with the young comedian. The special guests at the fun evening in Southend, were Jacqueline Wisdom (Norman’s daughter), Steve Evans (his chauffeur), Michael Leader (from EastEnders) and husband and wife stars on stage and TV Jeffrey Holland (Spike from Hi-De-Hi) and Judy Buxton (Dennis Waterman's wife in "On The Up). The star-studded guests attracted a full house of 90 and the fun evening raised £400 for Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man, where Norman spent his last few years.



  Laurel and Hardy and Norman Wisdom   Judy Buxton & Jeffrey Holland with the new Saps banner



How appropriate it was that the wonderful new Saps At Sea banner was unveiled and displayed at this special gathering. The wonderful caricature drawing by Steve Lilly really captures the spirit of the slapstick humour of Laurel and Hardy. Norman Wisdom created equal unintentional havoc in his films and sketches. Real comedy is an art and it is fitting that an artist with the skill of Steve Lilly has linked up with the Saps At Sea to help them display their heroes on the new Tent banner.

                                                                                                Roger Robinson, Saps at Sea



Summer 2011 

Meeting the Lord Mayor of Walsall Summer of 2011

October 2011
Steve and the Mike Fisher Organisation:
Bobby Moore and Frank Sinatra                                                    Sophia Loren .
"Initially I will be creating my own take on images from Kent's extensive photographic portfolio, portraits will be available exclusively through the Mike Fisher Organisation, nowhere else.
The collaboration will not affect my client base in any way. Mike Fisher have kindly allowed me a clause in my contract allowing me to keep my own customers and webstore.
Here's looking forward to many exciting and varied projects. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me."
Steve Lilly  
The Mike Fisher Organisation is a Broad Spectrum Art House specialising in Artist Representation and focused services to the Media and Corporate entities. Mike Fisher and Terry Nibbs have been respected and active innovators in the entertainment industry for 30 years specialising in Person Management, Marketing, PR and Agency for individuals and corporate entities throughout the Arts and Media spectrum.


MFO have added Steve to their portfolio and have a host of exciting projects in the pipeline. A number of Steve’s images are to be licenced for worldwide distribution. He will also be collaborating on a fantastic project with acclaimed photographer Kent Gavin recreating iconic rock and royal images in graphite from Kent’s back catalogue. 


Kent Gavin is a pre-eminent British photo-journalist whose iconic images have featured consistently on newspaper and magazine covers throughout the world. Kent has amassed a fascinating chronicle ranging from his Royal experiences to the hard nosed aspect of modern photo-journalism. From 10 Downing Street to the White House, and from superlative sporting images to Hollywood film sets.


His experience now spans an incredible six decades. In this time Kent has won virtually every major prize in the industry, and included in his 131 awards are 'Press Photographer of the Year', three times and 'Features Photographer of the Year'. He achieved 'Royal Photographer of the Year' an unprecedented seven times. His iconic images are instantly recognisable the world over.





Dad's Army Weekend June2010

After two years of fund raising on 19th June a statue of Captain Mainwaring was unveiled in the Norfolk town of Thetford, where many of the classic sitcom's scenes were filmed. The statue is a magnificent piece of work commissioned by the Dad's Army Museum and created by renowned sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn. In presence were Dad's Army writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry and an array of cast members including Bill Pertwee (Warden Hodges, also the museum patron), Pam Cundell (Mrs Fox, Jone's love interest) and Phil Madoc ( the German U-boat officer).

 Sean Hedges-Quinn's fantastic Mainwaring statue

I made the trip from Birmingham for the weekend of Dad's Army related festivities and had a fantastic time. I arrived in Thetford early on a windy and rainy Saturday morning to a warm welcome and was instantly roped into hanging flags from a nearby building. Initially it was planned that I set up a display of my prints and cards inside the museum, but after my flag hanging soaking atop a wind swept ladder we relocated to the indoor sanctuary of the museum. I was not the only artist in attendance: local artist Lyn Aylward stood by in front of a large crowd as Bill Pertwee uncovered a fantastic likeness of himself created by Lyn in oil.

From the indoor shelter of the museum we all walked down to the river front for the grand unveiling of the Mainwaring statue, it really is a brilliant piece of work. After the interlude it was back to a brisk period of trading at the museum. After a tiring but wholly fulfilling day I retired to my hotel room with a bottle of wine to watch the World Cup. When I booked in I found out the 15th century Bell Inn had an illustrious past, the cast and crew of Dad's Army used to stay there. and it has also featured on "Most Haunted". I slept like a log without being disturbed by any paranormal activity. Saturday evening the raffle draw was made for my Dad's Army artwork. The winning ticket was claimed by Robert Kybird from Thetford. The raffle raised a fantastic £840 with the museum taking 30% of the proceedings. Thanks to everyone who took part and for all the hard work from the museum team who really promoted the event and pushed sales.

 Dad's Army raffle winner

Sunday's plan was to collect my gear from the museum then travel down to Bressingham for another day of Dad's Army celebrations. Having not learnt from the previous day I was again roped into a bout of labouring. This involved helping to move a couple of hundred chairs in the Carnagie Rooms which were left out from the Dad's Army Comes Home play which was staged the evening before. At some stage in the evenings proceedings I think there may have been a food fight as I kept finding Jersey Mids everywhere!

I eventually made it to Bressingham and set up shop only to have it dismantled a couple of hours later when a strong gust of wind lifted half my prints and cards from the display and dumped them on the floor. Luckily help was at hand in the form of some familiar faces....thanks again for your help.

 Bressingham photo by kind permission of Andrew Ruff

I'd like to thank everyone involved in a very enjoyable weekend especially the museum staff, also Corinne for making all the arrangements (when I left Sunday evening she looked dead on her feet).


                   Me with Captain Mainwarring                                                                                   Me and David Croft

I  took a trip to the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford at the end of November and was given a wonderful surprise. The idea of the trip was to hand over the original Dad's Army artwork , which is to hang at the museum. As the museum is trying to raise £20,000 for a statue of Captain Mainwaring, they are planning to raffle the artwork off to raise funds towards the statue. Little did i know that they had a big surprise in store for me. None other than David Croft himself!! I was just gob-smacked and tongue-tied and just about managed to thank David for the inspiration! 


   Fawlty Towers pencil art

Highlights of the year included a number of events with the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, a collaboration with the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford and a return stint at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham. 2009's Birmingham Comedy Festival exhibition at the Kitchen Garden Cafe again gave me excellent press exposure and a radio interview with Loyd Williams on BBC WM. The Highbury Theatre in Sutton Coldfield named me Artist in Residence and I said a fond farewell to the original portraits of the Carry On team and Fawlty Towers (which made the bank manager happy), but said hello to Steptoe and Son. To finish the year in style I had a trip to the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford to hang my Dad's Army portrait and had the honour of meeting David Croft co-writer of the much loved series.