About the Artist
You might be an artist who would like to introduce yourself and your work here or maybe you’re a business with a mission to describe. Lily Karmatz was born in Malaysia and now lives and practices her art in Brisbane, Australia. She is a visual artist and also an Ikebana artist and teacher. She has taught Sogetsu Ikebana at the Brisbane Institute of Art, public venues and at her own studio for more than 20 years. Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement which resonates deeply today as the world becomes more environmentally aware and sensitive. Lily’s extensive artistic experience, knowledge and teaching abilities are greatly in demand.
Not only is she an installation artist, Lily is also an accomplished painter, sculptor, ceramist and a mixed media artist. Her work is often ephemeral in nature and large in scale. A few of her Ikebana and installation works can be seen in the publication Ikebana Today by an international publisher, Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium.
In her art practice, she also likes working with digital art. She has designed and produced brochures, promotional materials and digital art. She was also a monthly Ikebana lessons contributor for Floral Design Magazine (2004 – 2008) published in New Zealand and distributed internationally.
In both 2008 and 2012, Lily was invited to be the Artist in Residence at the Cary Art Centre in North Carolina, USA. From 2011 to 2021, she was selected as one of the Artists on Tour (AoT) by Flying Arts, an organisation that promotes and services visual art education and workshops throughout regional Queensland. In 2010, she was invited as Artist in Residence for Eco Ephemeral Art, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. During her residencies she created installations and conducted Ikebana art workshops for adults and children. Among her many activities, she is the Ikebana workshops facilitator.
For Lily, Ikebana is not just about beautiful flower arrangements in the house. Her philosophy is simple and direct: “Ikebana as an expressive art form is a disciplined combination of natural elements, human creativity and the constant perfecting of technique.” As one student so aptly said, “Ikebana brings nature to my home environment. It’s an art form that can be appreciated with the whole family.”
Diploma in Fine Arts, Brisbane Institute of Art
Certificate in Fine Arts, Brisbane Institute of Art
Teacher Diploma, Sogetsu Ikebana certificate, Tokyo, Japan
1998-2021Practicing artist, Ikebana teacher and workshops facilitator for school and college, public events for children and adults. Commission works for ikebana displays/installations for offices and special events.
2004 -2008Monthly Ikebana lesson contributor for Floral Design Magazine, published from New Zealand for International readers.
2012OVERFLOWING, a solo exhibition for artist residency projects, Cary Art Centre, North Carolina, USA
1998FLOWER PATHS IN TIME, Ikebana & ceramics exhibition, Gallery NONA, South Brisbane.
ARCHITECTURE CHAOS, BIA Members Exhibition, Gallery Metcalf, Windsor, Qld
NATURAL RHYTHMS, Pines Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, Qld
GARDEN Inside & Outside, Gallery Metcalf, Windsor, Qld
WABISABI, Earth Art Installation, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers supported by Toowoomba City Council
NOT SO WOMEN SECRETS, Laurie Gallery, Annerley, Qld
5 WAYS, Gallery Metcalf, Windsor, Qld
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Ikebana Installation and Gallery displays supported by Toowoomba City Council
1995 - 2013
SOGETSU IKEBANA Annual Exhibition, Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane
CONNECTIONS RENEWED Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane
BRAVO, installation art exhibition, Gallery NONA, Brisbane
TOTO, I HAVE THE FEELING WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE ... BIA Tutors' Exhibition, Gallery NONA, Brisbane
FLOTSAM & JETSAM, Ikebana, paintings & ceramics collaboration, Gallery NONA, Brisbane
ONE STEP UP, Gallery NONA, Brisbane
2005SUNFLOWERS IN THE CITY, Project Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane
2007CHILI DOT COM, winner of floral installation, Brisbane ABC Gardening Expo
2008TIDE OF THE DAY, selected mixed media painting for the Art Award, Pine River Shire Gallery
2011OVERFLOW, assemblage sculpture, highly commended
BETOOTA - CHANNEL COUNTRY LADIES EVENT, Ikebana art workshop, Artist on Tour organised by Flying Arts
SEASONS, book cover design for Carindale Writers' Group
ARTS IN THE OLIVES, Ikebana art workshop organised by Flying Arts for public arts festival
ALL SORTS AND ALL SHORTS, Ikebana displays and book cover design for Carindale Writers' Group book launch
ECO EPHEMERAL ART, Artist in Residence at Minjerriba, North Stradbroke Island
KID'S DAY OUT, children hands on workshop, sponsored by Brisbane City Council, Mt.Coot- tha Botanic Gardens
BAMBOO INSTALLATIONS & IKEBANA WORKSHOP, supported by Japan Consul and Brisbane City Council for the Japanese Garden 20th Anniversary Celebration, Mt. Coot- tha Japanese Garden
BALANCE, floral installation, Brisbane ABC Gardening Expo
KID'S DAY OUT, children Ikebana workshop sponsored by City Council, Mt.Coot-tha Japanese Garden
THE ART OF IKEBANA, public talk and Ikebana demonstration for "Modern Times" exhibition, invitation by Brisbane State Library Queensland
SPRING DAZE, Artist in Residence invited by Cary Art Centre, North Carolina, USA
KID'S DAY OUT, children Ikebana workshop commissioned by City Council, Mt.Coot-tha Japanese Garden
LIGHTING THE PATH TO THE FUTURE, feature display sponsored byToowoomba City Council for Toowoomba Flower Carnival
LINES & VINES, Ikebana feature display for the 14th Annual Pine River Shire
ART AWARD, commissioned by Pine Rivers Shire Council
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, bamboo installation feature display for Toowoomba Flower Carnival sponsored by Toowoomba City Council
FRUIT OF THE LOOM, bamboo installation feature display for Toowoomba Flower Carnival sponsored by Toowoomba City Council
OLDER & BOLDER, Ikebana workshops commissioned by Pine Rivers Shire Council
2007 - 2020
Masterclass Ikebana (2020). Published by Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium
Whispering Flowers (2015). Published by Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium
Ikebana through All Seasons (2011) by Mit Ingelaere-Brandt. Published by Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium
Contemporary Ikebana (2009) by Mit Ingelaere-Brandt. Published by Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium
Ikebana Today (2007) by Mit Ingelaere-Brandt. Published by Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium.
International Floral Art (2008 - 2009)