Lily Rigby's first Professional Exhibition

by Lily Rigby in Brighton, East Sussex, England

Lily Rigby's first Professional Exhibition

To raise enough money to have a solo show at ONCA Gallery in Brighton, November 2018.

by Lily Rigby in Brighton, East Sussex, England

We did it
On 13th January 2018 we successfully raised £1,590 with 40 supporters in 56 days

My work reveals my passion for the landscape often in it's most turbulent state - wild, mystical and awe-inspiring. I create work inspired by my surroundings, places I have visited and photographs I have taken. The horizon, which is on going and immersive, is a constant theme in my work. I am currently working on a series of paintings influenced by the sea and the horizon – a theme that I think relates to many people in my generation as we can all be slightly worried, scared and nervous about our own horizons, both with climate change and with our own jobs and pressures.
My work starts off as photographs and pages in my sketchbook where I create fast paced drawings, using ink and oil. I try to capture the same energy and movement in my work that I feel from the landscape, which I am studying. I then take these sketchbook pages and use them to create large-scale oil paintings on canvas and board in my studio -  Rohdus Studios. I am constantly working on portraying the depth of the landscape. I do this by using layers of paint, scraped back and worked up many times. This motion helps develop the journey my paintings go on, which is a key interest in my practice as it reflects the ever-changing course of the landscape. 

I live in Hove right by the sea, so I am lucky to have my biggest form of inspiration right in front of me. The sea is always changing and I try to convoke this in my paintings. However as well as noticing the beauty of the sea I am aware of the sad impact we have on it. When I go down to the beach to draw I often see rubbish and plastics on the beach, not only affecting our beautiful coastline but marine animals too. As the sea is my biggest form of inspiration I want to do more to help protect it. Surfer’s Against Sewage is an amazing charity that set up beach cleans and has other great projects that help tackle plastic pollution. I will be donating a percentage of my gallery sales to this charity and want to do more work with them in the future.


My practice has developed since graduating from The University of the West of England in Bristol, where I received a first class honours in Illustration. Since graduating I have had two solo shows, both of which were a great success, however this will be my first exhibition in a professional gallery, so it is a key stepping stone in my career, giving me a huge jump forward in the right direction towards being a professional artist. In order to make this next vital step and have a solo show at ONCA I need your help so I can reach my target and raise £3,000. I have chosen ONCA gallery as the work they do in supporting environmental and social challenges relates to my own art pratice. 

Any donation will be so appreciated and is a step closer to me reaching my dream. I also have some trips coming up, including Isle of Skye, which will help me develop my work ready for my exhibition and will be a huge inspiration to creating a body of work for my exhibition.

You can pledge on the rewards or you can donate any amount, small or large, that you like. Anyone who donates will be invited to my private view.

You can view my work at: 



My work 



Some of the rewards: 

Sophie Harley London Earrings

David Pratt Portrait 

The Wheatsheaf Pub & Food 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward

A 1 hour private yoga class with qualified yoga teacher Juliette Larken. This class can be completely tailored to you! Wether you are a beginner or a regular, Juliette can create a class to suit your needs. Juliette is based in Chichester so can come to your house if you live near Chichester. She is also happy to teach in her own home and also travel to Brighton.

£50 or more

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£50 Reward

1 hour gardening consultation with Mike Coote. This visit would assess the garden & make suggestions. "I do not recommend the use of any chemical input to the garden & can suggest ways of achieving a satisfactory result with a minimum input of both time & energy. The objective of my garden advice is to increase awareness of wild plants and birds & see the value of them."

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A5 / A4 original watercolour fruit or vegetable illustration my me. You can view my illustrations at:

£60 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£60 Reward

A 2-3 hour private cooking lesson at The Wheatsheaf Pub in Chilton Foliot with MasterChef semifinalist Ollie Hunter. Food and drink is included. You can visit for a look at Ollie's lovely pub and food.

£200 or more

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£200 Reward

A sitting for a portrait in pencil by Artist David Pratt. David studied at Princes Drawing School at M A level. During this session he will draw 3 portraits of you and you can then choose your favourite to take home. David is based in Chichester and will be happy to drive to your house depending on location.

£350 or more

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£350 Reward

Sophie Harley James Bond Earrings. Silver with gold plated details & with red & black garnet briolette drops by Sophie Harley London, Jewellery Designer of the Year 2013. These earrings are the same as the ones Eva Green wore in James Bond Casino Royale. Link to earrings:

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