Di Livey Abstract Contemporary London Artist based at Chilsenhale Studios who trained at the Royal College of Art in London

Di Livey is a visual artist working in London. She studied at Guildford School of Art (1962-63), at Chelsea School of Art (1964-67) and completed her masters degree at the Royal College of Art (1967-70). In 1979, she was one of the artists who founded Chisenhale Studios and Gallery.

 

While working as an artist at Chisenhale, she taught as a university lecturer for most of her career - at Hornsey College of Art (1970-74) and at Middlesex Polytechnic/University (1974-2011). She has acted as visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths' (University of London), Chelsea School of Art and St Martin's School of Art among others.

 

Thematically, her work reveals a continued interest in textures, fabrics and form and, most recently, a fascination with the theatrical attire of the Commedia dell'Arte. Over the past decade, she has worked with found textiles, print, lead, plaster and paint, creating sculptural painted objects. Decoration and pattern, and the disruption of the surface, appear as a primary concern in her work. 

 

In addition to the themes explored in her artistic practice, Di Livey has an ongoing interest in Indian textile design and production, with a special focus on mud-resist printing and indigo dyeing. Each winter she is part of the Mud-Resist Block Prints & Indigo Dye workshop team with Wonderful Workshops, Jaipur. 

 

Further Reading:

Organ Thing, Sean Worrall (2017)

Artist's Statement, Trace Patterns, Di Livey (2000)

New Feminist Art Criticism: Critical Strategies, Katy Deepwell (1995)

The Robert McDougall Art Gallery Publication (1984)

Arts Council Great Britain Archive (1980)