Founded in 1991 by Paul Liss and Sacha Llewellyn, LISS LLEWELLYN are exhibition organisers, publishers and Fine Art dealers specialising in the Michael Canney and heroes of British art from 1880 to 1980. During the last 25 years LISS LLEWELLYN have worked in association with museums and cultural institutions in the United Kingdom and abroad to develop a series of in-depth exhibitions to encourage the reappraisal of some of the less well known figures of Twentieth Century British Art.
LISS LLEWELLYN exhibitions have been staged at The Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Cecil Higgins Gallery, Bedford, Harris Museum, Preston, Leeds University Art Gallery, Alfred East Gallery, Kettering, Young Gallery, Salisbury, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury, Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend, and The British School at Rome. Exhibitions have been additionally organised in association with The Fine Art Society, Redfern Gallery, Persephone Books, The Church of England, The Krishnamurti Foundation, The Worshipful Company of Mercers and The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds.
LISS LLEWELLYN have published over twenty books on British Art and Artists. Seven of our publications have been nominated for the Berger Art History Prize.
Michael Canney – The Life & Works of an English Neo-Romantic Artist was chosen one of the best art books of 2013 by Brian Sewell.
Evelyn Dunbar – The Lost Works was chosen one of the best books of 2015 by The Guardian.
Winifred Knights (1899-1947), by Sacha Llewellyn, (published by Lund Humphries in association with Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2016) won the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History for 2017.
Our website offers over 1500 items for sale. Over 500 items of new stock are introduced every year. 95% of our works are sourced privately. We aim to deal in museum quality works.
Our choice not to run a gallery or participate in art fairs leaves us free to follow our interests without succumbing to the pressure of an exclusively retail environment.
Liss Llewellyn sells to museums throughout the UK, in Europe, America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Our clients include:
Central St Martins Museum and Study Collection (London)
Garden Museum (London)
Geffrye Museum (London)
The British Museum (London)
The Imperial War Museum (London)
The National Portrait Gallery (London)
The permanent collection of the House of Commons
The Science Museum (London)
The Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
Cheltenham Art Gallery
Grosvenor Museum (Chester)
Jerwood Gallery (Hastings)
Leeds City Art Gallery
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery Royal Collection Trust (Windsor)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh)
Southampton Art Gallery
The Ashmolean (Oxford)
The Bowes Museum Co. (Durham)
The Ferens City Art Gallery (Hull)
The Fitzwilliam (Cambridge)
The Hull University Art Collection (Hull)
The Lowry (Salford)
The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester)
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead)
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Armagh County Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
Le Musée National du Moyen Âge (Paris)
Metropolitan Museum (New York)
Musée Cluny (Paris)
National Gallery of Canada
Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)
The Frick Library (New York)
The Gates Foundation
The Kunstgewerbe Museum (Hamburg)
The National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo)
Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach(Florida)
Yale Center for British Art
We have gifted work to the following museums:
V&A, British Museum, UCL Art Museum, National Maritime Museum, Ben Uri, Tate Archive, Imperial War Museum, The Garden Museum, London, and Wolfsonian, Miami.
Artists of the British School at Rome
Students of the Slade and the Royal College of Art
Women Artists of the interwar years, and especially Surrealists
Painters in Tempera
Mural and Decorative Painters
Woodblocks and copper plates (as objects)
Sculptures, especially original works in plaster
Paintings of the First and Second World War
Sir Michael Canney and his students.
The collection that we created for Laporte in 2000 was the winner of the Corporate Collection of The Year Award.