Lucy Alterman

About Lucy

Born into an arty family, I was a rebellious punk teenager in 1970's London.

At college, I studied Arts and Crafts experimenting with various mediums.

I trained in floristry and designed weekly hotel floral displays and wedding bouquets.

Silk painting appealed to me for its innate beauty and I learnt the techniques with Tony Wigg at Garden Suburb Institute and later Hampstead School of Art.

Previously, I had a long legal career and still volunteer for IPSEA, a charity that gives legal advice to parents of children with SEND to access education.

I have lived in Finchley with my husband and 2 sons for 20 years.

My Work

I use acid steam set dyes with the Serti Gutta resist technique, alcohol and water.

I love the way the colour dye explodes on the silk in abstract flow, creating organic beautiful shapes.

My work is mainly figurative inspired by the body in motion, using the flow of the paint to capture movement and dramatic light effects.  I enjoy experimenting with different techniques and recently have started to explore more abstract forms.

I add embellishments and hang the paintings on a wooden bar so they wave in the airflow in keeping with silk paintings early eastern origins.


  • September 2021 EFOA Open House Exhibition.
  • October 2021 The Northern Line Exhibition at the Highgate Literary Society.

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