After Liliane Lijn had completed the Woman of War and exhibited it with Lady of the Wild Things at the Venice Biennale, she began a series of oil pastel drawings called Inner Portraits. Lijn thought of these drawings as visualisations of her Self.

These drawings are midway between archetypal female images and a movement towards work in which Lijn looked directly at herself.

Photography by Plastiques.

Dark Energy

1989

103.5 x 70.5 cm

Oil pastel and watercolour on Whatman paper.

Private Collection

Fireworks Portrait

1987

103.5 x 70.5 cm

Acrylic and oil pastel on Whatman paper.

Collection of the artist

Inner Bird Portrait

1987

103.5 x 70.5 cm

Oil pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Her Waterself

1987

104 x 90.5 cm

Watercolour, oil pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Nightwind

1987 – 89

104 x 70.5 cm

Acrylic and oil pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Water Medusa

1985

Ink and oil pastels on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Water Juggernaut

1985

104 x 70.5

Watercolour, oil pastel on paper

Private collection