Clio Lloyd-Jacob grew up in London and New York. She studied Fine Art at St Martin’s and the Slade in the 80s and early 90s, with Susan Hiller, Ron Bowen, Jeffrey Camp, and Jock McFadyen as her tutors. During this period she made the first of her two residencies in Pakistan, drawing the sacred and traditional architecture of Lahore. At the Slade, she worked largely in painting, drawing, and film-making, to explore the relationship between the individual and the surrounding spaces. Clio also found several opportunities to collaborate with other artists there. She then spent four years in Paris, learning from the people and art collections, and painting modified interior scenes which were highly emotionally charged. She was offered two residencies at the Musée de Pont-Aven in Brittany, during the years she lived in Paris, and explored the light and space in larger format work. She also worked for one winter in the Jura, drawing the light of the snow, the cold, and the woods.
Retuning to London, Clio worked across various media including painting, drawing, animation, and miniature installations. In 2001, Clio held a site specific painting exhibition in the Lady Chapel of St Giles Cripplegate, London, called “Ecce Homo”. A series of images based around the life and death of a bunch of lilies were displayed on the walls of the Lady Chapel. In 2003, she was invited on a Triangle Arts residency to Karachi, Pakistan, where she worked in drawing and sculpture to explore the way people lived in the city. The residency culminated in a group exhibition by the four residency artists in the VM Art Gallery, Karachi.
Based in Cambridge since 2008, she held a solo show, with drawing workshops: “Contemplations of Mortality,” at The New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge, 2013. A second solo exhibition, “Public House”, 2015, grew from drawing the community who use the Queen’s Head pub, Newton. More recently a series of “Nocturnes” have explored aspects of the city at dusk and how it speaks of those who dwell in it.
Her work, now largely drawing and painting, holds moments of luminosity, where, for however brief a moment, the people or places around let her glimpse a longer, deeper time and love. These often refer to times of transition or transformation, both in the city, and in the person.
Clio has participated in many group exhibitions including recently in the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Award at Kings Place in 2013, and the Lynn Painter-Stainers’ Prize, at the Mall Galleries, in 2016. She is artist in residence with Sinfonia of Cambridge, drawing this large chamber orchestra during rehearsals, and contributing to their community through images for the web and publicity. She also works with other musicians to explore something of the inner state that practice and playing inhabit.