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Hilary Adair studied Painting and Printmaking at Brighton and St.Martin’s Schools of Art. After graduating she was a Visiting Lecturer at various English Colleges of Art before leaving to live in Greece, where she stayed for many years. She established a studio and found in Athens an appreciative audience for her work, exhibiting regularly at the British Council gallery, carrying out commissions for public and private spaces as well as contributing to shows in London and further afield.
After the birth of her two children she returned to settle back in Somerset with her family, but keeping close ties with Greece. Living on Exmoor has been a wonderful source of inspiration and contrast to her experience of travel in other countries and trying to capture the “spirit of place” is a dominant thread to be seen in her work. Subjects include landscape, archaeology, gardens, windows, myths and poems. Her ideas are expressed with paint, on canvas and paper, and in printmaking media, mostly etching and relief/lino cut.
Her work has been widely exhibited and in 1987 she was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Her prints are regularly exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London, the headquarters for the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and the Royal Watercolour Society She is a member of the Somerset Printmakers. In 2010 she was invited to be the contemporary Cultural Representative for Exmoor National Park.