Lucy Irma Mayes

Born in Birmingham, 1991

Lives and works in London 



MFA Royal College of Art (2014-2016)

BFA The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford (2011-2014)

 Foundation Degree in Fine Art, University of the Arts, London (2010-11)

Awards and memberships

Board member, Pigments Revealed International (2021 until present)

The British Plant Gall Society, member (2022 until present)

Arts Council Grant (2021)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2017)

The Sidney Perry Foundation Award (2015 & 2014)

The Gilchrist-Fisher Award, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Finalist (2014)

The Egerton Coghill Award, First Prize, Oxford (2013)


Workshops & Talks


London Pigments and the history of hair dye, workshop event for L'Oréal, Tobacco Dock, London, October 2022

An introduction to pigments workshop, via zoom for V&A Academy, as a complimentary workshop to Leo Crane's watercolour course, V&A June 2022

Colour From the Mines Presents: London Pigment Project with Lucy Mayes, Watercolour paint making with earth colours & talk about iron oxide pigments,`Six Bells, Wales. May 2022

A history of Cornelissen with artist Catalina Christensen, Featured as artist-pigment-maker in 40 minute film about the shop for the official launch of new non-profit organisation, Pigments revealed International, May 2022

Q & A's with 6 notable pigment people, Artist talk via Zoom For nonprofit organisation Pigments Revealed International, March 2022

Grit, Artist talk via zoom, Colour & Poetry: A Symposium 2022, The Slade, UCL, March 2022

Traditional Inks & Calligraphy techniques, Instagram Live with Paul Antonio, L.Cornelissen & Son, February  2022

London Pigment, artist talk and paint making workshop, The Slade, UCL, February  2022

An Introduction To Pigments & Historical Makeup Recipes With Lisa Eldridge at her store in Covent Garden, December 2022 


Cornelissen Pigment Archive, short film for Pigments revealed Symposium 2021

How to paint the Mona Lisa, featured teaching artist Adebanji Alade how to make pigment and paint for BBC documentary, September 2021

Pigments & Sustainability, talk via Clubhouse, for Cosmetics designer David Horne 


London Pigment, Reflective paint making workshop, Tate Britain as a part of their well being series, 2020

Russian Colour Theory & Paint Making with Lucy Mayes, Pushkin House, February 2020

Previous Experience 

Pigment Consultant and historical art materials researcher at L.Cornelissen & Son (2018-2022)

Activities coordinator and art teacher at Dementia Centre, Blatchington Hill, Seaford (2016-17)

Artist assistant for Christopher Stone, The Lost Artist, Ibiza (2018)

Installation assistant for Richard Wentworth's Agora, IAM Studios (2015- present)

Private tutor for painting and drawing techniques (2018- present)

Exhibitions, Residencies and prizes


The Amber Room by Rosie Reed, group show and event, exhibition of artworks and pigments, London, November 2022

Colour/Pigment/Poetry, online exhibition to accompany Colour & Poetry: A Symposium IV is now online, curated by Stephanie Nebbia, April 2022


On Colour Featured Artist, Falmouth University Instagram account, August 2021


Featured artist on two front covers of risograph poetry pamphlet for Rob Kiely's work printed by Earthbound Press January 2020

Tate Shops Online, Instagram artist takeover for one week, April 2020


Creekside Open, group show at APT Gallery, London, July 2019

Love, Life & Labour, group show at Brixton Beneficiary, July 2019


Deptford Fringe Festival 2018, Open-ended Questioning, Group exhibition with six painters, The Interview Room, The Old Police Station, SE14 6LG.

Bainbridge Open 2018 at ASC Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London, June 2018


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and BALTIC 39, November 2017

Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Block 336, Brixton, London, from 27th January - 8th March

Shortlisted for The Sainsbury Award at The British School of Rome and RA Summer Show

Pentimenti II, solo exhibition at St. Peter’s and St. Andrews Bishopstone East Sussex


Residency at NN Contemporary as part of collective Escapade

Sportcafe73, solo exhibition at Arebyte2, London

Sportcafe73 Residency program, travelling European Residency (France, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco), Summer 2016

Royal College of Art Degree Show

‘Robbie ‘16,’ Performance of Robbie Williams number ones, sung on repeat live during opening hours of Degree Show exhibition.

Sport Cafe Inaugural opening, The Sackler Building, Royal College of Art Battersea


Painting Scholarship, Royal College of Art

Shades of Yellow, group show at The Embassy Tea Gallery, London

La Muta in the Third Millennium, group show, Raphael’s House, Urbino, Italy 

RCA secret Postcard exhibition, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art

Work In Progress Show, Royal College of Art, Battersea Campus

RCA secret Postcard exhibition, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art


Pentimenti, permanent exhibition of a series of paintings commissioned for a newly built HQ for publishing House, Hogreffe

The Clyde & Co Blank Canvas Prize, Shortlisted

The Gilchrist-Fisher Award, at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Finalist

Degree Show, The Ruskin School of Art, The University of Oxford

Pentimenti I, solo show of oil paintings at Dolphin Gallery Oxford

An exhibition, group show at Oxford University Press


Scotch Egg, show with Rosie McBurney at Dolphin Gallery, St John’s College, The University of Oxford

Laurien’s Basement, group show at Magdalen College, The University of Oxford