The Boat Maker's Fish Garden
(Oil on board, 1966)
Lys Hansen has had an association with the University of Stirling and its Art Collection since 1968 but she came to prominence as a dynamic and challenging expressionist figurative painter in the early 1980s before the emergence of the New Glasgow Boys: Howson, Campbell, Currie and Wisniewski. In 1985 a major scholarship from the Scottish Arts Council afforded her the time and opportunity to work in Berlin, which had a profound effect.
The University held a major exhibition of Lys's work in 2009 entitled 'Relatively Closer'.