Kirsten Lilford graduated in 2011 from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and was awarded the South African Society of Artists Award for Excellence in Painting. She had her first solo exhibition, The Quiet at Salon 91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town in 2012 and has exhibited in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Melbourne, London and Venice.
The artist takes everyday snapshots of family outings, domestic scenes and the suburban landscape, and through her brush imparts an uncanny and slightly sinister tone to them. Her technically accomplished paintings echo the work of early nineteenth-century realists but she has already developed a unique style of her own that is at once naturalistic and also informed by contemporary painting practices. Lilford currently works in Cape Town and had recently completed her Masters in painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.