Loïs Cordelia | About

UK Artist in Cut-Paper, Acrylics and Mixed-Media


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Lois Cordelia is a versatile public and community artist, speed-painter, illustrator, demonstrator and tutor, based at her studio in Ipswich, UK. From intricate scalpel paper-cuts to speed-painting, digital art, life-drawing, and mixed-media sculpture, her artwork balances precision with free-flowing energy. She creates most of her art live in public and has designed pieces for public art trails across the UK. She regularly teaches workshops and performs live art demonstrations along with commentary and talks, collaborations, publications. She welcomes commissions.


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


Public Art

Lois's public art includes a number of designs for Wild in Art trails and other public trails and schemes across the UK: Pig-geswyk (for Pigs Gone Wild, Ipswich 2016), Look Upon Verdure (for Sitting With Jane, Basingstoke 2017), Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon (for The Big Sleuth, Birmingham 2017), The Green Man (created from recycled plastic drinking straws for Oakman Inns, Tring, 2017) Imagination Can Take You Anywhere (in preparation for Elmer's Big Art Parades 2019, Ipswich 2017), Poor Powder-Monkeys (for the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth, 2017), Once Upon A Fairytale (for Let's Go Quackers, Ironbridge, 2018), Green Man of Sherwood Forest (for Hoodwinked, Nottingham 2018), Night Owls of Bath – the Herschels (for Minerva's Owls of Bath, Bath, 2018), Bee-You-ti-ful (for Bee in the City, Manchester, 2018), Imagination Can Take You Anywhere (for Bangers and Cash art car rally, Sheffield to Monte Carlo, 2018), Lest We Forget the War Dogs 1918-2018 and Goldie (for Snowdogs Discover Ashford, Kent, 2018). In 2018, Lois designed a Blossom Tree 'Blossometer' for her local Ipswich Hospital breast cancer centre. The combined sales of Lois's public art pieces, handmade miniature replicas and silent auctions have raised tens of thousands of pounds for numerous charities.



Lois is well known as a speed-painter with a big brush, sweeping strokes, and bold colours including iridescent, shimmering and metallic paints. Her choice of subject matter varies widely to include portraits, wildlife, landscapes, townscapes, seascapes, nightscapes, and still-life. She often works on unconventional canvases, making creative use of the original to contribute to a new artwork in a 'metamorphosis' or 'graffiti' technique. She welcomes an audience while she works and frequently performs live demonstrations of her techniques at art clubs, art shops, galleries and other venues, engaging passers-by in conversation while she paints.



Lois's paper-cut designs are a synthesis of swift, energetic sketches and painstakingly precise cuts of a surgical scalpel blade. She frequently presents talks on the history and diversity of paper-cutting traditions from around the world, and specialises in illustrations, creative cartography, and personalised gift commissions (especially for paper anniversaries). Her paper-cuts have been published in books, magazines and journals internationally.



Lois creates dramatic sculptures in mixed media, inspired by themes of historic drama, myth and legend, balancing exquisitely detailed hand-carved features with sweeping movement, often incorporating numerous unexpected 'found items'.



In 2017, Lois created a series of more than 60 mixed-media visuals for a short film called Malka (dir. Stefan Freedman), dedicated to refugee children, which has been selected for screening in seven international film festivals to date (June 2018). Stefan and Lois have also organised a number of successful fundraising events connected with Malka, raising over £2000 for local Suffolk and Norwich refugee support charities.



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, Lois graduated from the University of Edinburgh (Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies) with a first level Honours degree in Arabic. The effortless beauty of Arabic script remains a major influence in her drawing and painting techniques. Her studies of diverse languages, cultures and spiritual traditions have also given her a sensitivity that allows her to communicate freely with people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and walks of life.



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

Public Art, Solo Exhibitions and Publications (includes forthcoming and provisionally scheduled shows)

2018 Lest We Forget The War Dogs and Goldie, as part of Snowdogs Discover Ashford, Ashford, Kent
2018 Imagination Can Take You Anywhere, as part of Bangers and Cash art car rally, Sheffield to Monte Carlo
2018 Bee-You-ti-ful, as part of Bee in the City, Manchester
2018 Night Owls of Bath - The Herschels, as part of Minerva's Owls of Bath, Bath
2018 Green Man of Sherwood Forest, as part of Hoodwinked, Nottingham
2018 Once Upon A Fairytale, as part of Let's Go Quackers, Ironbridge and Telford
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 and Publications (includes forthcoming shows)

2018 Sea Scouts Art Echibition, Ipswich
2018 Sermo, Ipswich
2018 Shamanic Lands, Llandrindod Wells, Powys
2017 Free-Fall - Art From Poetry: Poetry From Art, comp. Karen Denison
2017 Nasty Women, London
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