'Togetherness', Lisa Milroy

Painting with three scenes populated with large groups of figures

Oil on canvas, 190.5 x 246.5 cm

The Geishas are in a suite at the Sheraton in downtown Vancouver, cavorting with some off-duty Mounties. Everyone is relaxed and having a good time.

There are the Geishas again, this time more sedate, promenading with the Mounties along the sea wall in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The day is mild, and some are enjoying the view.

The Geishas and Mounties go on a tour of the north and meet an Inuit family somewhere near Tuktoyuktuk.


Lisa Milroy was born in Vancouver in 1959. She studied at St. Martin’s School of Art 1977-79 and Goldsmiths’ College 1979-82. Her first solo exhibition was at Nicola Jacobs Gallery London 1984. She has shown throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. Recent solo shows include Tate Liverpool 2001 and Geishas Alan Cristea Gallery London 2003. In 2000 her design for the Royal Mail Millennium stamp won a DAAD award and in 2001 she designed three album covers for The Beautiful South. She won the first prize in John Moores 16 1989; this is her fifth John Moores appearance.