Born 1943, Dunfermline, Hilary Paynter studied sculpture and wood engraving at Portsmouth College of Art. She combined a career as a teacher in comprehensive schools and special education and later as a Chartered Educational Psychologist, with intense and prolific wood engraving. She is now a full-time artist. Hilary has been instrumental in the revival of the Society of Wood Engravers and was its lynchpin for over three decades, initially as Honorary Secretary, later as Chairman, and continues to organise the annual, touring exhibition.
Her insight and interest influences her subject matter which ranges through dramatic landscapes
and rugged coastal scenery with strange geological forms to domestic
observations or acute socio-political comment that may be subtle or
savage. In between are the gentler pastoral scenes, castles and other
reflections all of which are orchestrated with an unsurpassed passion, precision and infinite attention to detail. Hilary Paynter’s work is represented in the Ashmolean
Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and other major collections. We are very proud to include Hilary's work in our collection which includes many of the finest living printmakers practicing today.