Ted Hillyer

22 April – 14 May 2014

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Ted Hillyer

Passing Yacht 26×26cm oil on board

Ted Hillyer
Postcards from the North Coast

Opening Tuesday 22 April 6-8pm
22 April – 14 May 2014

Artist Statement

“… all creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place…” D.H. Lawrence

When I left Sydney in 1962 I was naively emulating those great artists, the post-impressionists, who had found they could best develop their art away from the distractions of the Paris art world. For me, living in the city, teaching there and making only brief excursions into the bush had become unsatisfactory. I wanted a closer, deeper connection with nature.

The majority of Australian artists were following a succession of American styles: abstract expressionism in the 50s and 60s, followed by minimalism, colour field, pop art and photo realism. Painters were paddling desperately to catch the next big wave. It all seemed repetitive and bland. I felt that my connection to nature was more important than the pursuit of innovation. The challenge was to express my response to the world around me. I became increasingly drawn to forms of realism, especially the landscapes of Streeton, Roberts and Gruner (who probably painted on the hills around my home). There was a brief interest in the formalism of fred Williams but then I discovered the work of the great American artist Edward Hopper. This opened my eyes to a new range of subjects that encompassed small seaside towns and the people in them.

These themes have sustained my art for the past thirty years. Although art is international, I think there will always be an audience for paintings that express the sprint of a particular place

- From the catalogue for Ted Hillyer’s survey exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in 2010

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    Ted Hillyer

    Bathers at the Estuary Pool 51×39cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Scotts Head Rocks 27.5×56.5cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Figures & Clouds 43×25cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    The Hill Farm 26×26cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Bathers and Trawler 30.5×30cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer Sketch for 'On the Beach' 27×34cm oil on board

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    Couple with Dog 20.5×20cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer Banana Palms 61×31cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    River Bathers 37×36cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    The Yellow Towel 26×26cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Fires in the Hill 71×36cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Blackbutt Forest & Sea 46×46cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Breakwater Bathers 31×41cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Shower 71×36cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Three Bathers 31×31cm oil on canvas

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    Untitled (The Hill Farm) 51×40cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    A Girl with Horses 31×41cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    On the Boardwalk 1 20×60cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    On the Boardwalk 2 20×60cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Breaking Wave 2 30×30cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Blue Bather 61×28cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Woman & Dog at the River Pool 46×46cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Forest & Sea 51×41cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Hill Farm & Dam 26×23cm oil on board

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    Ted Hillyer

    Approaching Storm 23×24cm gouache on paper

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    Ted Hillyer

    Postcards from the North Coast

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    Ted Hillyer

    The White Towel 51×41cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    Flowers, Shells & Lemons 77×61.5cm oil on canvas

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    Ted Hillyer

    A bend in the River 76×51cm oil on canvas


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