Lloyd Coenen Art: Meet the Leeds artist who quit his accountant job during the pandemic to start a thriving global business


Lloyd Coenen spent 13 years working behind a desk, feeling dissatisfied and struggling with his sanity.

He started showing his works in 2017 and two years later, just two days before the first lockdown, Lloyd quit his job and became a full-time artist.

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Lloyd Coenen, 32, creates bold designs across a range of art forms from his Armley studio (Photo: Tony Johnson)

From his studio in Armley, Lloyd creates bold designs across a range of art forms – from prints to acrylic paint to digital illustration, sculpture and street art.

The 32-year-old told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I quit my job because I was miserable and depressed – and anxious that I did not have a direction that satisfied me.

“I just took the plunge.”

When his business was still in its infancy, Lloyd made the bold decision to give out free prints during the pandemic – in hopes of brightening homes and getting more people to see his artwork.

Lloyd has now sold over 70,000 prints and original pieces around the world (Photo: Tony Johnson)

Thousands of people grabbed his offer during shutdowns from as far away as Australia, Brazil and the United States.

“My work is bold and colorful, representing positivity and progression,” Lloyd said.

“My inspiration comes from the color palettes I see around me, the blues of the sea, the reds and greens of space and the different planets.

“I use different mediums and styles of artwork because I wanted to get to a place where there were no barriers to my creativity.

Lloyd’s abstract prints are named after the message they convey, from “calm” and “patience” to “dark uncertainty” to: (Tony Johnson)

“Rather than being a simple landscape painter, I wanted the opportunity to do whatever I could. “

Lloyd has now sold over 70,000 prints and original pieces, something he has done independently without any representation from major galleries or organizations.

He uses social media to market his business and despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, it has taken off.

Lloyd added: “A lot of artists work for years and years without anyone giving them a break, but I wanted to find a way to introduce my art to as many people as possible.

“The free prints meant more people were seeing and talking about my art.

“But at the same time, I thought the messages and meanings behind the art would help others and spread positivity.

“The response has been incredible, I have received over 1,500 five star reviews from people who have my work in their homes.

“I have had stories of mothers who have said that it inspires their children to create works of art; it is the best thing I have ever done.”

Lloyd’s abstract prints are named after the message they convey, from ‘calm’ and ‘patience’ to ‘dark uncertainty’.

Art has an important role in portraying the feelings the world carries through the pandemic, Lloyd said, and he wants to inspire more people to pick up a brush.

“I love the freedom it gives me to be a child again,” he added.

“When we get to a certain age, we get stuck in the corporate system and forget that as kids everything was creative.

“Coming back to that has helped my sanity, which is why I want to push art in everyone and inspire creativity in others.”

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