Our Story

Liss Llewellyn was created in 1991 by Paul Liss and Sacha Llewellyn. Sourcing paintings directly from artists’ estates and private collections, for over 30 years, Liss Llewellyn has offered for sale museum quality works of art by some of the most significant talents of the 20th century. Many of these have been placed in public museums and galleries as well as purchased by some of the greatest private collectors of our day.

Our website is designed as both a resource for research and a marketplace. Working in association with museums worldwide, Liss Llewellyn has curated many groundbreaking monographic and thematic exhibitions. Each of these is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, over ten of which have been long-listed for the William MB Berger Prize for Art History, (awarded to Sacha Llewellyn in 2017 for her monograph on Winifred Knights).

This is the only design that Ravilious ever produced specifically for wallpaper. It was made during the time he was a student at the Royal College of Art and gifted to his fellow artist Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984) in 1924. Together with Edward Bawden, these three artists lived and exhibited with one another; they exchanged ideas and techniques, and made pilgrimages to sites such as ‘Rat Abbey’ – Samuel Palmer’s run-down cottage in Shoreham – in order to study the local countryside. They were inseparable.

This design has only recently been unearthed having remained for the best part of 100 years, unrecorded, in Bliss’s studio.

Liss Llewellyn is delighted to announce that our latest exhibition – Creative Spaces: Artists in the Early Decades of the 20th Century – opens at the Watts Contemporary Gallery next week.

The exhibition is a selling show, and explores how artists were inspired by the spaces which they inhabited. From the kitchen table to a converted Chapel, a garden shed to a purpose-built studio, the exhibition brings together over 35 paintings and works on paper, and provides a rare opportunity to see these personal and creative spaces through the artist’s eye.

This exhibition marks the continuation of our collaboration with the Watts Contemporary Gallery, and proceeds from the sales will support them by raising important funds for their Art for All Community Learning Programme.Creative Spaces runs from the 5th May – 19th June, 2022.

We will be showing over thirty works by Women Artists at the Private View for our book launch at Sotheran’s from 11 March – 1 April 2022.

This exhibition offers audiences a glimpse into the studios of over 50 Modern British Artists – bringing the lives of those who existed behind the canvas to the forefront. Whether spontaneous works or more formal compositions, these images have in common the power to transport the viewer momentarily back into the artist’s milieu and the moment of creation.

The show includes many works rarely seen since the day they were produced, and features artists such as Evelyn Dunbar, Leon Underwood, Winifred Knights, Gilbert Spencer, and Hilda Carline.


Back in the frame: The extraordinary artists Britain forgot

Combing through musty studios and garrets has become a way of life for specialists Liss Llewellyn, whose Hidden Gems exhibition lays bare museum-grade works that have fallen into oblivion – more often than not by women.

In the months before Britain declared war on Germany, mural artist Evelyn Dunbar sat painting in her aunt’s Sussex garden. She captured the light falling through white blossom and green leaf on to the brown earth of a vegetable patch and the lawn it bordered. She painted the garden hedge running across…