About Steve Hillier


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Steve Hillier is a Gold Coast based Australian Citizen born in the UK, who works primarily in the fields of figure-painting and wild-life art, using oil paint with techniques drawn from traditional realism.  Steve’s work, however, incorporates experimental ideas and surreal settings, which not only reveal the beauty and timeless elements of his images, but also make kthem stronger, more intense, new and possibly stranger.  His art continues the conversation with the subject that compels the viewer to actually look.

Like McCavity the Mystery Cat, Steve Hillier is an artist who has lived many lives in succession. Originally from London, he did his stint at Art School as a young man, only to be seduced away into the heady world of rock’n’roll with Virgin and Island Records. He has lived other lives, as well – as a high-level executive with a large multi-national corporation, as an entrepreneur, and even as a public servant in the shady realm of crime and punishment.Where ever he has gone, though, Steve has carried with him his essential identity as a Londoner and as an artist.

Steve’s favorite subject matter is the female form, and preferably delivered with a a bit of symbolism and a tongue-in-cheek poke at society in general. There are often as many layers of meaning as there are of paint in his work, which I can attest, is many. Steve Hillier’s work is detailed, meticulous and fun – as for example, in the painting that recently took out the Ipswich Art Award prize for painting.Another branch of Steve’s art practice is his work featuring wildlife, and in particular, birds.  His loving and painstaking approach is particularly effective when it comes to depicting birds and other animals.  Steve was recently a finalist in the Holmes Art Prize, a prize for excellence in the realistic depiction of Australian birds.

You can get an idea about how Steve works his magic  in the video segment produced by ‘Put Some Colour in your Life’, here.

Author: Susan Skuse 2/9/15