'Tinsel', Lee Maelzer

Painting of the interior of a studio

Oil on canvas, 182.5 x 142 cm

I have been painting a lot of interiors, houses and demolitions. Little certainties and big uncertainties.

The paintings of house exteriors tend to be slightly charged with the possibility of an impending sinister event – a fantastic natural disaster. The demolitions hint at war or environmental damage as well as the factual taking down of a building in order to build another.

The interiors are full of clutter: practical items, photographs, tokens and memorabilia. Sparkle within squalor.

The setting up of havens in the face of a broader tenuousness.


Lee Maelzer was born in London in 1964. She studied at Central St. Martin’s School of Art 1984-89 and the Royal College of Art 1989-91. Selected exhibitions include Art for a Fairer World UK tour 1992, John Moores 18 1993, The Question of Scale Southern Arts tour 1995, Morris Gallery Los Angeles 2000 and 2001 (solo), The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries 2000 and 2002, International Young Art Elizabeth Foundation New York 2002, and Hunting Art Prizes Royal College of Art 2002 and 2003. In 2004 she was awarded an Abbey Fellowship at the British School in Rome.