Working within the traditional categories of portraits, landscapes and still-life, Emily Hillier’s paintings explore the sensuality of paint and challenge habitual responses towards figurative painting. The very act of pushing coloured mud over a surface is brought to the foreground with her depictions of mud. A process of metamorphosis is in play as the already malleable forms of ice, mud or water are transposed onto a painted surface. They are seen as dreamlike yet real, somewhere between the materiality of a place and the imagination. The narrative in the paintings is indistinct, yet as a collection they seek to reinforce an overall meaning; like clues they are to be read and interpreted.
University of Brighton BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, 1st Class
Oxford and Cherwell Valley College Foundation in Art and Design
The Jam Factory, Park End Street, Oxford
Selected Group Exhibitions
45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, London Art Fair, Islington
Pure Painting, BAR Gallery, London
Art Weeks, Wychwood Gallery, Ascott-U-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
The Theatre, Spring Street, Chipping Norton, Oxford, Gainsborough House, Crawley, West Sussex, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East St, Havant, Hampshire.
BA (Hons) Graduate Show, Grand Parade, Brighton
Argos, Grey Matter Gallery, 31 Queens Road, Brighton, In Transition, Brighton University, Grand Parade, Brighton.