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Vale: Landscape Painter Graham Hillier

"Looking back"
The landscape artist Graham Hillier, who died of cancer this week at 59, "left a large body of meticulously detailed work and a growing international reputation. He held many one-man shows, including eight at the Francis Kyle Gallery, West London, which represented him for two decades.
He painted in many areas of Britain, including the Yorkshire Dales, the Ridgeway, and Herefordshire, as well as in Normandy, the Camargue, Spain and Italy. But his initial inspiration was the cliffs and seascapes, hills and paths of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

His canvases are covered by layer upon layer of acrylic paint as he built up each work to convey an exact but transfigured memory. In a time when other kinds of art are fashionable, he was mindful of the need to place technical integrity at the service of vision.

Hillier loved landscapes where, as he put it, “Man and Nature live together in a state of grace and harmony”.

“My paintings,” he wrote, “have recorded pauses, brief halts on the journey. I aim to create a space into which I could take the next step.”

From The Times

More of his paintings here - franciskylegallery

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Reader Comments (3)

What beautiful paintings... I loved the tarns. But bloody expensive! I can never afford real art. Unless it's painted by my friend.
I also loved the Jonathon Briggs picture of Winchelsea Beach...
May 16, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteractonb
Yeah, he's bloody good, too.
May 16, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
I knew Graham when he first started teaching he was my art teacher and a damn good one too I was so sad to hear he had died as I had a great deal of respect for both him and his wife Candia
May 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Hall

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