I am originally from Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. I work here in Bray. I have been practicing as a professional artist since 1992. I had my first exhibition at the Signal Arts Centre in 1993. During this time I worked with Signal at the Marino Clinic and taught adults/children in the old Signal at Albert Walk. I work in mixed media 2D, primarily in paint and print with some textile work. My themes are often memories, dreams and the unconscious. This work can be autobiographical. My Paintings explore Colour and the use of oil paint often using nature as a vehicle. Some of my work has a graphic quality, so I like to make prints a few times a year, generally etchings. I find the process in print fascinating. In fact the whole process or journey we take as artists is fascinating to me.
I started my art career at the Grennan Mill Craft School in Kilkenny in 1988 (1st Class Honours) and proceeded to study Fine Art at DLCAD from 1989-1992. I continued to study at night in NCAD, UCD and at the Blackchurch Print Studio. In 2016, I completed a Level 6 Textiles course in CIFE in Dundrum – Distinction. I studied for a BA Hons in Textiles Art and Artefact at NCAD in 2016- to complete. I have had 5 solo exhibitions including – The Courthouse Gallery in Tinahely 1999 and The Crow Gallery, Temple Bar 2008. I have exhibited in numerous jury selected shows such as Eigse Carlow, Mermaid Greenstar Bray, Iontas Sligo, Nua Art, Gorey and at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon 2019. I was selected for 2 online shows for the Art Net DLR group in Dun Laoghaire- FIRE and WATER-2019/20 www.artnetdlr.ie
I received a Bursary for The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in May 1995 and for The Cill Rialaig project in 1997. I have taken a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie every year since then. At Eigse Carlow, Donald Teskey described my work as Joyous and Colourful. For 2 years I have been working towards a Solo Exhibition for 2021. I am working with 4 artists/musicians on a piece for the Metamorphosis show in Dun Laoghaire in May 2021. We are an experimental group. There will be many artists in this huge show. I am a professional member of VAI, Dlr ArtNet, and Signal Arts Bray. I have paintings, prints, textiles, drawings and artist’s books in private collections in Ireland, France, the UK and the USA. www.sylviahill.ie