Lizzie Thurman’s African/Orient experience began in 1984, after leaving CSM. The Arts Council sponsored Thurman to take a trip through Egypt, culminating in an exhibition of work, staged at the Egyptian Embassy, London. Thurman produced a series of paintings and printed textiles and was approached by Paul Smith to design for his stores in London and Tokyo. She went on to produce collections under her own label for a number of years before entering the world of publishing. Thurman worked and travelled extensively as a stylist, producing stills for both editorial and advertising. In the early 90s she took a year out to travel through Madagascar, East Africa and Indonesia, recording her experiences through drawing and painting. This period proved to be hugely influential offering the opportunity to deploy her colour palette in a commercial context, while building on resource for her painting. In 2003, with a diversity of design experiences behind her, Thurman embarked upon a series of paintings that took as their main theme the contradictions of race and culture. Africa continues to be her main source of inspiration while her work evolves through continuous experimentation - an eclectic mix of scale and media in an attempt to describe her narrative.