Tilly Woodward : Small Stories

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TILLY WOODWARD Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art


Red Moth Ball TillyWoodward Oil on panel

Front Cover: Feather, Egg, Spur TillyWoodward Oil on panel


Small Stories Tilly Woodward Ju n e 3 - Au g u st 2 0, 2022

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 1(816)221.2626 https://sherryleedy.com

Gallery Director| Sherry Leedy sherryleedy@sherryleedy.com Catalog Design| Elise Gagliardi elisegagliardi@sherryleedy.com @sherryleedycontemporaryart: Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art:


“The things I paint are symbolic of my life, and laden with meaning. They represent people past and living: family, loved ones, our history together, people I would like to honor.” -Tilly Woodward


Small Stories The farm I grew up on has been in our family since 1849. My early relationship with the world was largely solitary and largely visual. I spent a lot of time looking at the things around me- soil, sky, animals and plants in all stages of life and decay. These things were as important to me as the people I knew, who were limited to my family and the people who helped us farm until I went to school at age six. I don’t live on the farm anymore. I have a nice lot in town with a beautiful but illegal chicken coup, a selection of trees and bushes that I love and flowers I try not to kill. My days are busier than when I was a child, but I still spend as much time as I can just looking closely at things. There is so much that is uncertain in the world- I find it a comfort to take time to see one thing clearly, or a part of one thing clearly, each day. The things I paint are symbolic of my life, and laden with meaning. They represent people past and living: family, loved ones, our history together, people I would like to honor. An awe of the forces of nature, the beauty of small things, the pleasure of a metaphoric pairing. I love oil paint- the way it smells, the way it moves, the way it captures color and light. I love the idea of painting as the accumulation of small actions. -Tilly Woodward


Yellow Moth Ball Oil on paper on panel 11” x 9” Frame 18” x 15”




Silverman (left) Oil on paper on panel 11”x 8” Framed 18” x 15”

Compass (below) Oil on paper on panel 4.5” x 3” Framed 12” x 10”


Ornament (above) Oil on paper on panel 3” x 2” Framed 9.75” x 9”

Mango (right) Oil on paper on panel 11” x 8” Framed 18” x 15”




Feather, Egg, Spur (left) Oil on paper on panel 11” x 8.5” Framed 18” x 15”

Tiny Tooth (above) Oil on paper on panel 1.5” x 1” Framed 9” x 8.5”


Cricket Ball Oil on paper on panel 6” x 6” Framed 13” x 12.5”




Compass Nest Oil on paper on panel 10” x 8” Framed 18.5” x15.5”


Blue Crinkle Oil on paper on panel 11”x 8.5” Framed 16” x 12.25”


Astrid: Words are Hard Oil on paper on panel 10” x 8” Framed 16” x 12.25”


Rotation Reduction Oil on paper on panel 8” x 11” 16” x 18.5”


Lesley Oil on paper on panel 8” x 11” Framed 16” x 18.5”


Beetle Two Oil on paper on panel 5.75” x 4” Framed 13” x 11”




Four Shells (left) Oil on paper on panel 11” x 8” Framed 18” x 15”

Bee Bee (above) Oil on paper on panel 3” x 4.5” 10” x 10.5”


Red Moth Ball Oil on paper on panel 11” x 9” Framed 18” x 15”



Failla(above) Oil on paper on panel 3” x 4” Framed 9” x 10.5”

Pear (right) Oil on paper on panel 11” x 8” 15” x 11”


Red Moth Ball Oil on paper on panel ,18” x 15”



Feather Nest (left) Oil on paper on panel 11”x 8.5” Framed 18” x 15”

Squatters Two (above) Oil on paper on panel 6” x 4” Framed 13” x 11”



Sea and Sky Oil on paper on panel 11” x 8.5” Framed 18” x 15”


Cork Bird Cork Oil on paper on panel 7” x 8” Framed 14.75” x 13.5”



Transubstantiation 2 Oil on paper on panel 3” x 7” Framed 14” x 10”



Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art 2004 Baltimore Ave Kansas city, MO 64108 816.221.2626 www.Sherryleedy.com


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