"From intricate scalpel paper-cuts to dramatic speed-painting and mixed-media sculpture, my artwork spans a vast spectrum between precision and free-flowing energy."


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Loïs Cordelia is a versatile artist and illustrator, based at her studio in Ipswich, United Kingdom. She works in diverse styles, including energetic speed-painting, intricate scalpel paper-cutting, and mixed media sculpture. She most often creates her art live in public and welcomes the opportunity to talk with people while she works, inspiring and being inspired. She maintains a busy schedule of live art demonstrations, workshops, talks, collaborations, publications, exhibitions, and other events. Her work has been featured in a number of public Wild in Art trails across the UK.


Loïs's paper-cut designs have been published in books, journals and music albums in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and the United States. Her paper-cuts are a synthesis of swift, energetic sketches and painstakingly precise cuts of a surgical scalpel blade. Each exquisite miniature may take many hours to complete. She specialises in paper-cut book illustrations, creative cartography, and personalised gift commissions (especially for paper anniversaries).


At the opposite end of the scale, Loïs's acrylic speed-paintings feature sweeping strokes and bold colours including iridescent, shimmering and metallic paints. She often chooses unusual canvases, making creative use of the original to contribute to a new artwork. Loïs regularly performs live speed-painting demonstrations in public, including portrait painting from live models.

In May 2015, she co-founded a popular untutored Ipswich life-drawing class. She is also the group facilitator for a monthly Ipswich Interfaith discussion forum on Art and Spirituality.


Loïs creates dramatic sculptures in mixed media, inspired by themes of historic drama, myth and legend, balancing exquisitely detailed hand-carved features with sweeping movement.


Lois took formal art training only as far as A-level (Northgate High School, Ipswich, 2001), when her art teacher Mr Dan Emery encouraged her to begin painting. Since 1999, Lois has worked part-time as an assistant in the west London studio of children's author-illustrator Jan Pienkowski (born 1936), best known for his Meg and Mog series (with co-authors Helen Nicoll and David Walser), pop-up books including Haunted House, and several volumes of fairytale silhouette illustrations.


In 2006, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first level Honours degree in Arabic. The effortless beauty of Arabic script remains a major influence in her visual art.


Interviews with Lois Cordelia

Alex Assaly (University of Cambridge) interviews Lois for his series of "5 Questions" interviews, September 2016

Peter de Kuster interviews Lois for The Heroine's Journey Blog, August 2016

Kirsten Irving (Sidekick Books) interviews Lois about her paper-cut art and illustrations, December 2015

Sheena Grant (EADT) interviews Lois about her work with and ‘apprenticeship’ to Jan Pienkowski, July 2015

Solo Exhibitions and Publications (includes forthcoming and provisionally scheduled shows)

2017 Poor Powder Monkeys, as part of the Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
2017 Green Man, on permanent display at The Akeman Pub, Tring
2017 Imagination Can Take You Anywhere, for Elmer's Big Art Parades 2019, Ipswich
2017 Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon, as part of "The Big Sleuth" Wild in Art trail, Birmingham
2017 Look Upon Verdure, as part of the "Sitting With Jane" Wild in Art trail, Basingstoke
2017 Album artwork for Druids
2017 Artwork for Malka music video, collaboration with Stefan Freedman
2016 (October-November) Metamorphoses, Level Best, Colchester
2016 Pig-geswyk, as part of the "Pigs Gone Wild" Wild in Art trail, Ipswich
2016 (ongoing) Sugar & Spice, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Mid Wales
2016 Illustrations for German fairytale Zauber der Zwirnknoepfe (Krump, Gutenberg, Austria)
2016 Album artwork for Habu – Infinite (March 2016)
2015 Gaze of the Green Man, published in A Beautiful Resistance (Gods&Radicals)
2015 Dreamcatcher, Level Best, Colchester, Essex
2015 Art in the Orangery, Holywells, Ipswich
2015 Front cover and vignette illustrations for Birdbook III (Sidekick Books, London)
2015 Illustrations for German fairytale anthology SternenBlick
2015 Paintings and essay published in Rastafari and the Arts, Darren Middleton (Routledge, NY)
2015 Album artwork for Happy Graveyard Orchestra - Welcome
2014 Album artwork for Habu - To the Stars
2014 Open Studios 2014, CO3, Colchester, Essex
2014 LionHeart, Level Best, Colchester, Essex
2011 Winged Flames, Dove Cottage, Debenham, Suffolk
2011 Filigrees of Flame, The Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
2011 Black Gold, Open the Gate, London
2011 Reggae Unity, London
2011 Front cover and vignette illustrations for Birdbook and Birdbook II (Sidekick Books, London)
2011 Deep Roots, London
2010 Artwork featured in film, Habibti (Panacea Productions, London)
2010 Love Letters, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Edinburgh
2009 Metamorphoses, Kulturforum Schwimmhalle Schloss Plön, Germany
2008 The Moon Tree, View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham
2008 The Burning Bush, The Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich
2006 Chiaroscuro, Fine Art Library, Edinburgh
2006 Roots, University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, Edinburgh
2002 Mythology and Religion, Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich

Group Exhibitions (includes forthcoming shows)

2016 (October) Sea Scouts Art Echibition, Ipswich
2016 (August) SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2016 (July) Sudbury Summer Art Show, Sudbury, Suffolk
2016 (June-July) Tymperleys Tea Rooms, Colchester, Essex (with the CO3 Art Gallery)
2016 (April-May) Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2015 DRAW 15, Society of Graphic Fine Art, Menier, London
2015 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2015 Blue, Townhouse, Ipswich
2015 Lines, Freudian Sheep, Ipswich
2015 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2015 Faces, Townhouse, Ipswich
2015 CO3, Layer Marney, Essex
2015 Spring, Townhouse, Ipswich
2015 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2014 CO3 Autumn Exhibition, Slice, Colchester
2014 Christmas at CO3, CO3 Art Gallery, Colchester
2014 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2014 Creative Cartography inspired by Jan Pienkowski, Gabriel Fine Art, Waterloo
2014 Unity in Variety, Gabriel Fine Art, Waterloo
2014 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2014 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2014 Once Upon A Time - Children's Book Illustrators of East Anglia, Ipswich Art School
2013 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2013 Heritage Day, Holywells Park, Ipswich
2013 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2013 Midsummer Weekend, Great Horkesley, Essex
2013 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2012 Dorking Group of Artists, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
2012 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2012 Open Studio Weekends, Surrey Artist Open Studios, Dorking
2012 Royal Russell School, Croydon
2012 Dorking Group of Artists, Betchworth, Surrey
2012 The Body Sublime, London
2011 The Vine Church, Eye, Suffolk
2011 Mixed Media, Kesgrave Arts, Suffolk
2011 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2011 Jubilee Exhibition, Scherenschnitt Schweiz, Switzerland
2011 Master of Art, The Forum, Norwich
2011 Silent Art Auction, The Forum, Norwich
2011 Dazed and Refused, London
2011 Open Studio Weekends, Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich
2011 St Mary's Church Higham, Essex
2011 Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk
2011 St Mary's Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk
2011 Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, Ipswich
2010 Art-Music-Photography, Ipswich
2010 Fields of Joy, Kesgrave Arts, Suffolk
2010 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2010 Anglia Art, Brandeston Hall, Suffolk
2010 Open Studio Weekends, Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich
2010 Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Suffolk
2010 The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, Suffolk
2009 Sanctuary 4 Art, Bacchus Barn, Lawshall, Suffolk
2009 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2009 Open Studio Weekends, Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich
2009 Choice, Artworks-MK, Milton Keynes
2008 SuffolkArt, Ipswich
2008 Cover Versions, View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham
2007 SuffolkArt, Ipswich