Gill Hickman studied art and education at Gipsy Hill College Kingston, graduating in 1976. She then spent 20 years in full time teaching while her artist-self lay dormant. In the 1990’s after the birth of her son Gill decided to leave the world of education and to re-connected with her inner artist.
Gill joined Skylark Galleries in 1998 and has been Artist/Director since 2001.
Gill is constantly drawn to texture and has always been inspired by textures and layers in the world around her; Strata in rocks, road surfaces, peeling paint, pebbles on the beach, jars of pasta or seeds, foliage, weathered timber, she finds them all totally fascinating.
Artists who have influenced Gill are Tapies for his highly textured paintings, and the Boyle Family for their amazing life-like surfaces. (Some years back Gill took her son out of school for a day trip to Edinburgh to see the Boyle Family retrospective!) Gill is also inspired by textural photographers such as Edward Burtynsky and Andreas Gursky.
Gill has a passion for hand-made papers and has amassed a large collection from around the world. She creates collages on a cotton paper base (Somerset 350gsm) which she then embosses with textures using an etching press. After drying, she often adds gold or silver leaf which highlights the textures.
One of her favourite papers is a thick hand-made cotton paper made in an old mill in France. It is called Du Chene and it comes in two thicknesses; 350gsm & 600gsm.
Taking time out from a stressful teaching career to be with her young son gave Gill the time and space to re-connect with her inner artist who had been squashed for twenty years!
Gill is a regular meditator and often finds that creative ideas arise during her practice. Viewers often find her work to be “calming and uplifting”. Gill also facilitates weekly meditation classes in SE London.
Wobbly Inside, embossed recycled glass, 75 x 75cm,
Teal Ocean, embossed cotton paper with 24k gold leaf, 58 x 60cm,
Party! embossed collage with 24k goldleaf , 25 x 28cm,
Silver Thread (detail one of three) mixed media with aluminium leaf, 98 x 38cm,