EMILY HILLIER

Working within the traditional categories of portraits, landscapes and still-lifes, my paintings explore the sensuality of paint and challenge habitual responses towards figurative painting. I am most interested in exploring the mystery found within the artificiality of a painted representation. The very act of pushing coloured mud over a surface is brought to the foreground with my 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 my paintings is indistinct, yet as a collection they seek to reinforce an overall meaning; like clues they are to be read and interpreted.

Education

  • 2014 University of Brighton BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, 1st Class

  • 2010 Oxford and Cherwell Valley College Foundation in Art and Design

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015 The Jam Factory, Park End Street, Oxford

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London 

  • 2018 London Art Fair, Islington

  • 2016 Pure Painting, BAR Gallery, London
    2015 Art Weeks, Wychwood Gallery, Ascott-U-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
    2015 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
    2014 The Theatre, Spring Street, Chipping Norton, Oxford 
    2014 Gainsborough House, Crawley, West Sussex 
    2014 The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East St, Havant, Hampshire
    2014 BA (Hons) Graduate Show, Grand Parade, Brighton
    2013 Argos, Grey Matter Gallery, 31 Queens Road, Brighton
    2013 In Transition, Brighton University, Grand Parade, Brighton