Eliza Southwood is an award-winning printmaker and illustrator originally from London but currently based in Asturias in Northern Spain. She practised as an architect before deciding to take up a career as an artist, but has consistently drawn and painted throughout her life. Her first illustration commission was a children’s book, when she was aged 13.
Eliza's childhood was spent in Northern Spain, where she attended the local schools. After "A" levels in London she moved to Scotland to study architecture at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow. This led to a masters in environmental engineering and a decade of work in architectural practice. However, Eliza always wanted to be a printmaker and artist, and so she made the leap to full time painting and printmaking in the mid 2000s. After the pandemic Eliza decided to return to the area of Spain where she grew up and set up a printmaking studio there.
Eliza’s speciality is silk screen printing, but she also works in linocut, collage, watercolour and acrylic. She is known particularly for her cycling themed artwork, but also produces work on a wide range of subjects such as cityscapes, other sports and portraits. She exhibits widely across the UK and abroad.
Selected clients include the V&A Museum, Rapha, Bloomsbury Publishing, Laurence King Publishing, Magma, Brompton Bicycles, Sustrans, the London Cycling Campaign, Bourne and Hollingsworth and Cono Sur Wines. She also regularly takes on artwork commissions for private clients.