Denise Lithgow is a Sydney based textile artist whose imagery is based on the landscape. Her machine embroidery involves two dimensional pictures, quite often in abstract form with representational imagery.
"I have a strong sense of colour and design and react to what feels right in my work. I travel often and take a visual diary with me to record ideas, drawings, notes and diagrams. I’m sure that growing up on a sheep property engrained in me the smell and texture of wool and, hence, my love of working with wool. Vessels are a very early utilitarian art form. I regard my felted vessels as a pure art because they lack any utilitarian function. I create them because I enjoy them visually and at the same time know that they are part of a long history of development.'
Denise exhibits her textile art regularly in group exhibitions, art prizes and international exhibitions and recently had a solo exhibition, “Travelling West-From the Ocean to the Desert” at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre with felt vessels. She has work in galleries in NSW and SA. In 2012 and 2014 Denise was selected as the Australian representative for the Biennial “World of Threads Festival” in Canada, a finalist in the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize 2012/2013, was selected to show work in the Wangaratta Art Gallery, “Petite Textiles” exhibition. The Painters Gallery and Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney, Timeless Textile Gallery, Newcastle and Bamfurlong Fine Arts, SA have Denise’s vessels on display and she was a finalist in the Hunters Hill Art Prize 2011/2013/2014. Denise has also won many prizes at the Royal Sydney Art and Craft exhibition, first prize in the Brisbane National Textile Art Show and in 2014 Denise won the Hornsby Sculptural Art Prize with her felted vessel “The Link” and in 2015 won the Textures of One Fibre prize in Blayney, NSW.