About

Lilli has been the recipient of a number of awards, including Click 17 Brunswick St Gallery Art Prize Finalist 2017, Head On Portrait Prize Semi-Finalist 2017 and 2015, Head On Portrait Prize Finalist 2013, and Highly Commended at the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and twice Semi-Finalist 2012. 

 
 
The windswept drama of the carefully composed, haunting landscapes of Melbourne-based artist Lilli Waters (b. 1983) is interspersed with predominantly female figures whose incandescent skin, enshrouded in jewel-toned fabrics and illuminated by firelight, offsets the water-logged darkness of their surroundings. At first glance the photographs appear laden with doomed romance and a macabre eroticism. It is only on closer inspection that the viewer begins to glean a message of empowerment. The images are delicate and audacious, offering insight into the complexity of their inhabitants, just as the elemental background evokes a sense of foreboding. Waters challenges the conditioning of women in contemporary culture, which she attributes to an internalisation of sexism. Through her photographs, Waters encourages self-acceptance, emotional awareness and defiant celebration in her subjects and, subsequently, in herself.
— Art Aesthetica Magazine
 

Lilli Waters is an award winning Australian photographic artist currently based and practicing in Melbourne.

Both a fine art and commercial photographer, her works consist of portraits mostly of women and still life. Figures and objects are placed within environments which take both the subject and the viewer out of their comfort zone, pushing and testing reactions to the natural worlds and gender roles. Waters’s photographs often portray a sense of mystery, where objects lurk in shadows and bodies contort, merging into the landscape.

Lilli has been the recipient of a number of awards, including being a Finalist in the Art Aesthetica Art Award 2018, Contemporary Art Awards Finalist 2018, National Still Life Award Finalist 2017, Brunswick St Gallery Art Prize Finalist 2017, Head On Portrait Prize Semi-Finalist 2017 and 2015, Head On Portrait Prize Finalist 2013, and Highly Commended at the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and twice Semi-Finalist 2012. Her photographs have been seen worldwide and most notably at her solo show 'She Raw' at Blak Dot Gallery in 2012.

More recently, her work has been published in magazines such as Elle, Yen, Art Aesthetica, Vogue Living and Real Living, and photographs featured in the film 'Fifty Shades Darker' in 2017 and 'Fifty Shades Freed' in 2018. Waters was also invited to show works as part of the Venice Biennale Festival in 2017 and was invited to create a self-portrait for the ABC Art Bites series: 'Mirror' in 2018. 

 

Commercial Artwork Representation

Curatorial & Co.

 

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Selected Clients:

Real Living Magazine // Hunter & Folk // Lynda Gardner // Standart Magazine // Peppermint Magazine // Yen Magazine // Harper Collins // Carpenter's Daughter // Universal Pictures // Ivy League // Local Gatherings // Stephanie Somebody // Tomboy // Maripossa // Kuwaii // Georgeous Occasions // NORTH // Aneka Manners // Rose St. // Suzanne Harward // FAT Clothing // Katie Marx