Contemporary Drawing, Painting & Printmaking: Lily Forwood, Zichao Hou, Lucy Ribeiro

9 - 27 June 2015
Lily Forwood

Since moving to London a few years ago from Wales, Forwood has become increasingly inspired by the people and streets of the city.

Drawn to the nature of a fleeting moment, her recent body of work explores the ephemeral nature of time around London’s bridges and train stations. Transitory places where the passage of time is most evident. People are depicted as a changing ebb and flow around these more permanent, solid structures. While the materials in Forwood’s mixed media works are constantly evolving, drawing remains fundamental to her practice.

After graduating with a First Class Honours in Illustration from the University of Wales, Forwood achieved an MA (Distinction) in Visual Arts at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied on a Rector’s Scholarship. She has had numerous exhibitions across London including, the Candid Arts Trust and Kings College Hospital. Forwood’s work is included in private collections across the UK and Asia.


Zichao Hou

‘’Peace is the element that I have been tracing. It is the expression of the very silent moment of my inner world when isolating myself from the outside. It feels like there is no sound and breath, only the air resumes the scene, streaming through.’’  - Zichao Hou

Zichao Hou’s works record things that have happened around him by combining text and drawing. The text on the works provides the theme of the narrative of each work, like the voiceover in a film, told from the perspective of a bystander.

Hou graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martin College of Art, UAL and went on to achieve an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL. He has exhibited widely across commercial and public institutions in the UK and China, including Today Art Museum, Beijing and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge.


Lucy Ribeiro

Lucy Ribeiro’s work explores memory, mark making and repetition. Using printing and drawing, Ribeiro investigates forms and hidden repetition taken from everyday ephemera and her daily encounters within the natural environment. This series of work is particularly influenced by the Japanese tradition of printing making, having spent a month travelling in Japan through Tokyo, Kyoto, Miyajima, Osaka, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Ribeiro graduated in Fine Art from the University of Wales and went on to achieve an MA from the University of London, Barbican. She has exhibited widely in London and works as an artist educator for public institutions such as the Royal Academy and V&A. Her work can be found in private collections in the UK, Europe, and Japan. In 2014, Ribeiro was made a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts Manufactures and Commerce.