The Birmingham Comedy Festival has been drawing attention to the city’s vibrant (and often unsung) comedy scene since 2001 when the debut festival hit the road running thanks to appearances from Peter Kay and Sean Lock.
Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest independent arts festivals in the region and featured such A-list acts as Lee Evans, Michael McIntrye, Frankie Boyle, the cast of cult TV sketch series The Fast Show,
Lenny Henry and Ross Noble.
Steve Lilly is an award winning artist from Birmingham. His work is now becoming very collectable with many of his works in private collections. Adopting a flexible approach to subject matter has created a very varied portfolio containing everything from dogs and cats, horses, cars, book illustrations, buses, babies, Frankenstein’s Monster, Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, Kenneth Williams and even a shopping trolley and a chimp. Steve’s art has received praise from figures within the comedy and horror industry with work being showcased by numerous groups and fan clubs as far away as New Zealand and America.
The Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford recently agreed to an exclusive merchandising contract. The Laurel and Hardy Museum is also stocking Steve’s merchandise. Steve is “The Depot Artist in Residence” with the
official On The Buses fan club. He has strong links with the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, Birmingham Comedy Festival, Hi, De, Hi fan club, Laurel and Hardy Saps At Sea Tent (Honorary Life Member), Laurel and Hardy
Laughing Gravy Tent and numerous other comedy related groups.
“I really strive to capture the expressions and mannerisms that are so characteristic of the people I am trying to portray. I’m not just looking for a likeness but an essence unique to each character that will bring them
to life on the paper. I think I owe these fantastic actors something for all the fun and laughter they have brought to me over the years”
Steve has over 20 years experience creating unique pieces of pencil rendered artwork. Every portrait is created with meticulous attention to detail and is built up over many hours by blending layers of finely laid
“The beauty of a graphite portrait lies in the depth of tone and contrast achievable by using varying grades of pencil and differing pressures of application. It is an ideal medium for expressing texture and detail.”
“ I think your work is quite excellent. Congratulations”…..David Croft OBE
(Dad’s Army co-creator)
“ I think you will leave a legacy, these are stunning, really, really
good”……Loyd Williams (Radio BBC WM)
“Thank you again for sharing your wonderful work with me”…..Sara Karloff
(Grand Daughter of Boris Karloff)
“Each portrait is remarkable not only for the artistic skill involved, but
also for how it manages to capture so perfectly the expressions and
mannerisms which bring each character to life” …….Jacqui Gray (Journal)
Official Birmingham Comedy Festival website:
Indepth interview by Howard Gorman:
Many thanks for your time and attention. I look forward to seeing a few of
you at the opening night.