Hilary Paynter

Enlightenment by Hilary PaynterHilary Paynter is a printmaker whose practice focuses on wood engraving, cutting directly into end grain woods such as box, lemon and pear to create works of fine line and texture. Hilary’s subject matter ranges from dramatic landscapes and rugged coastal scenery with strange geological forms to domestic observations and acute socio-political commentary that can be either subtle or savage.

Hilary studied sculpture and wood engraving at Portsmouth College of Art before embarking upon a career in education and then as a Chartered Educational Psychologist. In the early 1980’s she was instrumental in the revival of the Society of Wood Engravers serving initially as Honorary Secretary and then as Chairman. In June 2006, she was elected President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

Hilary also produces illustrations for books. Her work is represented in the collections of the Ashmolean (Oxford), the Fitzwilliam (Cambridge) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London). Her work is also in the collections of the city galleries of Birmingham, Hereford and Portsmouth and in the universities of London and Northumbria.

Hilary exhibited at White Moose in her exhibition with Kevin Green The Art of Giving and alongside other printmakers in our Five Women Printmakers exhibition. Hilary will be exhibiting a new body of work entitled Age of Enlightenment at White Moose from 5 August – 15 September 2016.  This exhibition was commissioned by Devon Guild of Craftsmen on the subject of ageing.

PrintHilary will be taking part in ND ArtTrek 2016, exhibiting at Brunswick House, Torridge Hill, Bideford EX39 2BB 10.30am – 4.30pm. See the ND ArtTrek brochure – venue 7 or the website.

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