Lys hansen in her studioBorn in Falkirk, Scotland, Lys is a figurative painter whose main interest lies in the human condition and the challenges of human relationships.


  • Edinburgh College of Art – (DA Highly Commended)
  • Edinburgh College of Art – Post-graduate Studies in Drawing & Painting
  • University of Edinburgh – Honours Fine Art Studies


Numerous awards include:

  • Abbey Minor Award (Prix de Rome), British School of Painting at Rome
  • Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarships
  • Anne Redpath Award for Painting
  • Scottish Arts Council Major Award
  • Smith Biennial (Prize Winner)
  • Creative Scotland Award


Selected memberships/appointments include:

  • Professional Member of Society of Scottish Artists (President, 1992-1995)
  • Professional Member, Visual Arts Scotland
  • Lecturer part-time in art colleges/universities
  • Honorary member BBK Berlin Artists Union
  • Scottish Artists Union


Selected recent solo exhibitions

2013The Little Gallery,High Street, Pittenweem, August 2-18

Lebenswege - Roads of Life at Stifter Villa, Kirchschlagen bei Linz, Austria, September 21 - October 15
2012Across The Divide, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Drawing Breath, Lys Hansen and Kraig Wilson, The Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

When You Reach September, Kinblethmont Gallery, Kinblethmont House, Arbroath
2009Naked City, Svanekegaarden, Bornholm, Denmark

Relatively Closer, Stirling University
2008Die Andere Seite/The Other Side, Galerie Futura, Berlin

Relatively Close, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2007Souvenir Andenken, Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille, France

Relatively Close, Forholdsvis taet, Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Denmark
2005Relatively Close: Compact Version, Park Gallery, Falkirk
Souvenir, Stirling Smith, Stirling
Outrageous Images, Edinburgh Theatre Workshop
2003Circle Gallery, Edinburgh
2003Daily Bread, Tollbooth, Kirkcudbright
2001Daily Bread, National Trust for Scotland, Alloa Tower, and touring
2000Artist in Residence + exhibition, Galeri 2RN, Aakirkeby, Bornholm, Denmark;
Between the Lines, Humboldt University, Unter den Linden, Berlin;
and Weem Gallery, Pittenweem.
1999-2001 Baltic Passage, touring to Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh; Kirkcaldy Art Gallery; Northlands Festival: Timespan Helmsdale and Wick; Collins Gallery,
Strathclyde University, Glasgow; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
1998Identitet: Links: Invading the Past, Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Denmark;
Passionate Paint (retrospective), Stirling Smith, Stirling

Selected recent group exhibitions

(In addition to regular annual exhibitions at RSA, SSA, RSW, VAS)

2013The Drawing Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

The Endarkenment, City Art Centre, Edinburgh and The Fleming Collection, London
2012Across The Valley, The Changing Room, Tolbooth, Stirling
2011-12Memory, Compass Gallery, Glasgow and touring Scotland
2011Venus + Demarco + Beuys, Demarco Archive, Edinburgh
2010Royal Scottish Academy, invited artist
2009Edinburgh School of Painting, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2008 Die Andere Seite/The Other Side: (with Karin Christiansen),
Galerie Futura, Berlin and at Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
2007 Edinburgh International Festival, Demarco Archive, Scottish National
Portrait Gallery
Baishi Festival, Xiantan, Hunan, China
2006 The Divided Self,Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh University
and at The Fleming Collection, London
Skateraw Inaugural, Richard Demarco European Foundation
Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow.
2005 Their Past, Your Future, Imperial War Museum at Stirling Smith
2004 Le 118, Lille
Le Projet Cent Vingt Internationale, Villeneuve d'Ascq
2003 Sons and Mothers, Collins Gallery, Glasgow
Cabinet Paintings, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1998 Footsteps, Patriothall, Edinburgh
Panzerhalle, Brandenburg,Germany

Works in public collections

  • University of Stirling
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Smith Art Gallery, Stirling
  • Falkirk Museums
  • Kirkcaldy Art Gallery
  • City Art Centre, Edinburgh
  • North Ayrshire
  • Islington Business Centre
  • McLaurin Gallery, Ayr
  • New Hall Collection, University of Cambridge
  • Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
  • Perth Art Gallery
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
  • Bornholmns Kunstmuseum, Denmark
  • City of Schwede am Oder, Germany
  • City of Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh
  • Richard Demarco Archive, Edinburgh

In addition many works in private collections.

In preparation

2014The Lillie Gallery, Milngavie, Scotland
Galerie 203, Montreal, Canada


  • Dreaming Frankenstein, Liz Lochhead, Edinburgh 1984
  • The Self Portrait, Sean Kelly and Edward Lucie Smith, Sarema Press, London 1987
  • Contemporary Painting in Scotland, Bill Hare, Sidney 1992
  • Passionate Paint: The Art of Lys Hansen, edited by Giles Sutherland, Mainstream Edinburgh 1998
  • Identitet, Lars K Moller/Mette Bligaard et al, Bornsholm Kunst Museum 1998
  • Dansk Kunst, Torben Weirup, Kobenhavn 1999
  • Daily Bread, Geraldine Prince/Giles Sutherland, Braco 2001
  • Lallans, John Law(ed), Blackford 2005
  • Divided Selves, Bill Hare & Polly Bielecka et al Edinburgh and London 2006
  • Our War, Susan Mills (ed) Alloa 2006
  • Relatively Close/Forholdsvis taet, Lars Kaerulf Moller, Bornholm 2007
  • Relatively Closer, Jane Cameron/Bill Hare/Geraldine Prince/Liz Lochhead, University of Stirling 2009
  • YouTube film Lys Hansen Relatively Closer, Produced by Heidi Martinnen, Stirling University 2009
  • Scottish Artists in an age of Radical Change 1945 to the 21st Century, Bill Hare, 2019

Image: Split Torso 1979 acrylic 69x69cms