Founded in 1991 by Paul Liss and Sacha Llewellyn, LISS LLEWELLYN are exhibition organisers, publishers and Fine Art dealers specialising in the unsung heroines 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.
Alan Sorrell – 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:
The Victoria & Albert Museum (London)
The permanent collection of the House of Commons (London)
The Imperial War Museum (London)
The Science Museum (London)
The British Museum (London)
The National Portrait Gallery (London)
The Fitzwilliam (Cambridge)
The Ashmolean (Oxford)
Leeds City Art Gallery
Jerwood Gallery (Hastings)
Southampton Art Gallery
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Cheltenham Art Gallery
The Ferens City Art Gallery (Hull)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh)
Garden Museum (London)
The Hull University Art Collection (Hull)
Royal Collection Trust (Windsor)
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead)
The Bowes Museum Co. (Durham)
Central St Martins Museum and Study Collection (London)
Geffrye Museum (London)
The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester)
Metropolitan Museum (New York)
Yale Center for British Art
National Gallery of Canada
Le Musée National du Moyen Âge (Paris)
Palazzo Strozzi (Florence)
Art Institute of Chicago
Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach(Florida)
Musée Cluny (Paris)
The Frick Library (New York)
The Kunstgewerbe Museum (Hamburg)
The Gates Foundation
Armagh County Museum
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
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 Frank Brangwyn and his students.
The collection that we created for Laporte in 2000 was the winner of the Corporate Collection of The Year Award.