Steve Lilly
portrait artist

Stevelilart Portrait Artist
 Talking Pictures TV Official Artist              Dad's Army Museum Artist In Residence

A short biography

Steve Lilly is an award winning artist from Birmingham. His work is now becoming very collectable with many of his works in private collections. Adopting a flexible approach to subject matter has created a very varied portfolio.

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.

The Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford recently agreed to an exclusive merchandising contract. The Laurel and Hardy Museum is also stocking Steve’s merchandise. Steve is “The Depot Artist in Residence” with the official On The Buses fan club. He has strong links with the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, Birmingham Comedy Festival, Hi, De, Hi fan club, Laurel and Hardy Saps At Sea Tent (Honorary Life Member), Laurel and Hardy Laughing Gravy Tent and numerous other comedy related groups.

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 people I am trying to portray. I’m not just looking for a likeness but an essence unique to each character 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”


Steve has over 30 years experience creating unique pieces of pencil rendered artwork. Every portrait is created with meticulous attention to detail and is built up over many hours by blending layers of finely laid graphite.

“The beauty of a graphite portrait lies in the depth of tone and contrast achievable by using varying grades of pencil and differing pressures of application. It is an ideal medium for expressing texture and detail.”