Author Archives: Lillian Gray

Afrofuturism – Now, More than Ever

Afrofuturism now more than ever

8 September 2020 – Faith Honey – Johannesburg When Artist Lillian Gray set out to complete this exhibition, she had no idea how it would become so relevant almost six months later. Now, more than ever, is a time to stand together and to celebrate each other. Negative stereotypes concerning race and specifically black people […]

Afrofuturism – Interview with artist Lillian Gray

CITIZEN lifestyle:  “AFROFUTURISM” collection by local contemporary artist, Lillian Gray  April 2020, Johannesburg  Lillian Gray is a renowned South African fine artist. She is best known for her large, bold and expressive portraits.  Her colourful work attracts the attention of connoisseurs and novices alike and leaves an indelible impression on those who appreciate beauty. We […]

Afrofuturism and the importance of representation and humanity

Afrofuturism & the importance of representation and humanity “I’ll love you when there’s space, and time” – Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer Afrofuturism can be defined as a movement in literature, music and art featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture. But this definition does not capture the beautiful […]

Sunday Times – Going against the grain

Published 17 March 2019 in the Sunday Times One of my favourite things about working on Neighbourhood is learning about cool people doing cool things and making our country proud. A case in point is Lillian Gray, a local contemporary artist who has just returned from London, where she was the only South African artist to exhibit […]

Contemporary Artist, Lillian Gray, Globally Recognised for Her Universal Appeal

Contemporary Artist, Lillian Gray, has just returned from London, where she was invited as the only South African artist to exhibit her work alongside artists from all over the globe at the Parallax Art Fair. Held in Chelsea over the weekend, her participation is somewhat poignant as the event is exactly what she stands for as an artist; […]

Lillian Gray paints the judges for a TV show called One Day Leader

South African artist Lillian Gray was asked to paint live in front of the camera two judges for Season 7 of One Day Leader. Ndumiso Hadebe and Gugulethu Mhlungu. One day leader is a Television series in which six young people showcase their leadership skills by tackling modern-day South African social, economic and political issues […]

01. Finding Inspiration

We are all extremely excited here in the studio today. We are kickstarting a new series on our YouTube Channel. It’s called… Get her to New York In this series, we will be following our founder Lillian Gray as she prepares for her exhibition in New York. Our first episode is about Visual Research. We get to follow Lillian […]

Get her to New York (and back)

… for the sake of her family, her friends, and most of all her art learners. Our very own Lillian Gray, contemporary South African artist, has painted herself into an exhibition in The Big Apple! To Lillian, this invitation to showcase her work in New York is the rainbow in South Africa’s cloud (thank you, Maya […]