Hilary England

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I paint excerpts of every day living, because in my mind, there is such depth in even the most simple surroundings we live in. I don’t have much interest in lofty themes, but rather in the gentleness and beauty of “ordinary” living, even in painful times, be it socially or personally. This is my personal record of the life and times we are living in, from the view of “one in a sea of faces.”

I am fascinated by the sea, both physically and metaphorically. I use it consistently as a source of inspiration and also as subject matter, but, the sea is more than that to me. It’s as if the sea “lives” inside of me; my soul is like the ocean, sparkling, vast, complex, complete and eternal. It has multitudes of colors and hues, deep recesses, and glorious teeming shallows. I try to reflect all of these facets in my artwork.


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about the artist

Hilary J. England was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Her family background consisted of a father of German, French, English lineage (origins not verified as he was orphaned), and a Cuban immigrant mother. She is the oldest of four children. Her father was a New York Police Department Sergeant, and her mother, a homemaker.

As a youth, she immersed herself in learning to draw and paint, winning numerous awards in school and throughout the community. At 10 years old, she took a job doing decorative painting in a local shop, and by high school, had a business of painting album covers on the back of fellow students denim jackets, and from there she continued to pursue her love for art.

By college, in the early 90s, Hilary decided to try her hand at “serious” art, and enrolled in oil painting and figure classes. After the initial shock of seeing naked people in public wore off, she pressed on, and began her career as a painter.

Hilary moved out of New York City in 1991, to Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she continued to study privately under Myron Barnstone, and Jack Faulkner. She has shown in several group exhibitions at the Baum School of Art, and also began to sell her artworks locally. She also attended East Stroudsburg University, and NCC, studying fine art.

At this time, she also began to move into the realm of fantasy illustration, selling regularly to greeting card companies both locally and nationally.

In 1995, she moved back to Brooklyn and began to study at the Art Student’s League of New York, where she immersed herself in figure and landscape studies, and continued to build a base of private collectors. She was also part of numerous local group exhibitions in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and was commissioned to do several murals for local business and residents.

In 1998, following the failing health of her father, she began to split her time between New York and Pennsylvania, in order to be close to him, and to help him through his illness. It was here that she found the quiet beauty and inspiration of her current path of work, in seeing the daily life of average people, and painting her interpretations . She continues to sell on a consistent basis to clients all over the world, and show at local, national and international exhibits.

Hilary has been the source of several articles internationally, and has won numerous prizes in both local and international competitions over the years. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, and the Impressionist Society of America.


exhibitions

    2009-2011
  • 2009, Payne Gallery Solo Show, Asheville, North Carolina
  • 2010, Banana Factory Group Show, Bethlehem, PA
  • 2010, National Association of Women Artists Group Show
  • 2010, A-Forest Gallery, NYC, Summer Fusion
  • 2010, Infantellina Contemporary Gallery, Berlin, “I am what I am”
  • 2011, National Association of Women Artists group exhibition
  • 2011, Galerie Gora International show, Montreal Canada
  • 2011, “Paris project” in conjunction w/Galerie Monteoliveto, Paris, France
  • 2011, Galerie Monteoliveto, Naples Italy
  • 2011, Galerie Con, “Enrapturing Journey” Barcelona Spain

artist statement

I paint excerpts of every day living, because in my mind, there is such depth in even the most simple surroundings we live in. I don’t have much interest in lofty themes, but rather in the gentleness and beauty of “ordinary” living, even in painful times, be it socially or personally. This is my personal record of the life and times we are living in, from the view of “one in a sea of faces.”

I am fascinated by the sea, both physically and metaphorically. I use it consistently as a source of inspiration and also as subject matter, but, the sea is more than that to me. It’s as if the sea “lives” inside of me; my soul is like the ocean, sparkling, vast, complex, complete and eternal. It has multitudes of colors and hues, deep recesses, and glorious teeming shallows. I try to reflect all of these facets in my artwork.

Influences

I have always deeply admired the Impressionist movement, and their free use of color and texture to express light and also to express their passion, and so I utilize some of their ideals. My work captures my “impression,” the slant of the subject or situation, and also to capture that moment in time, with the color, light, temperature I have interpreted to symbolize that moment. My goal is to capture a fleeting glimpse, a moment of contemplation. I also prefer my work to be a little raw, or somewhat unpolished, so that the viewer can “finish” the idea in their mind, and make that connection to the art.

Also, I admire the work of Post-Impressionist Modernism in that color and line quality must be expressive and that an artist’s power to determine their palette (hues and tonal ranges) are a seminal element of creativity. I combine a bit of both movement ideals, and I throw in my own “spark” and interpretation, my expression of joy, ambiguity, nostalgia, sadness—whatever touches me about a particular subject I am working on.

resumé

    Education:
  • 1989-1991, NCC—Fine Arts/Marketing
  • 1990-1993, Jack Faulkner
  • 1999-2003, East Stroudsburg University, Fine Arts
  • 1994-2010, Barnstone Studios, Coplay, PA
  • 1989-2005, Art Student’s League of New York
    Professional Credits: 2009-2010
  • 2009, Hilary J. England is selected as Absolutearts.com Artist of the Month, January 2009
  • 2009, Hilary J. England is selected as Fine Art Registry’s Artist of the Month, November 2009
  • 2010, Lehigh Valley Wine Trail Select Artist
    Professional Affiliations:
  • 2010, Member of National Association of Women Artists
  • 2010, Impressionist Society of America
  • 2009-10, Oil Painter’s Of America Associate Member
  • 2011, National Association of Women Artists

Collections/Collectors: 2009-2010
Ms. England’s work is in many private collections

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