Studio updates

Creating the Documentary, “Clear Light”

A new creation from the studio, our Documentary, “Clear Light”, a collaboration with my husband Josh Cheng about our dear friend Ian de Souza. Above is some footage from the longer documentary of 27 minutes.

The documentary, “Clear light” is a heartfelt portrayal of the artist Ian de Souza, his lifelong pursuit of passion, knowledge and technical mastery, and the realisation that comes from years of thoughtful introspection. At 80 years of age, Ian has experienced a profound history as an artist and performing artist, culminating in this extraordinary exhibition in Singapore honouring his legacy, his new work is simply stunning. 

The documentary shares his creative process, through the entire creation of a rice paper artwork. His passionate expression can be seen in many aspects of his life, including his home and music. It was a very moving project, Josh and I felt grateful to have had this synchronous experience with Ian at this very special moment in his life.

“Clear Light” will be screened in Singapore at The Private Museum, in support of Ian de Souza’s solo art exhibition, “Clear Light”, which will run from Oct 10-Dec 8.  

Ginette Hillman
A Large Artwork for 66 St. Georges Terrace, Perth

Artist Susan Roux and myself, were selected to create artworks specifically for an Artlease project for 66 St. George’s Terrace, PERTH. Leah Robbie from Artsource had an insightful vision to work with, I found it a wonderful project to be involved in.

The artwork I proposed,  Dark Matter was designed to act as a conduit connecting the exterior mural to the inside, of a Spinebill Bird flying across the outside wall,  with Susan Roux’s wall mounted sculptural work, Veil (2019). It was rewarding to see how powerfully Susan’s work talked with my own during the installation, there was a strong coherence. I look forward to seeing the 55 metre mural by Ian Mutch too, currently waiting council approval, bringing the last component together in our project.

When you walk into the lobby of 66 St Georges Terrace, Perth, you will see Susan’s work literally coming off the wall and telling its palpable story,  then your eye is lead across the room to my artwork, Dark Matter. Initially, the painting appears to be almost in the darkness as you approach, but as you move from side to side, different stories and images reveal themselves, subtle yet mysterious and intense. The central theme of the painting is ‘coming out of the darkness’. There is an awe for living, and strengthening of connection with our home, the earth. It also celebrates the power and freedom to share our individual truths, differences and why we are here in the world. In doing so we gift our communities with our contribution. 

The evolution in painting this artwork, Dark Matter, was a deep energetic journey and expression of transforming the darkness. Dark Matter involved an exploration of our relationship to our existence, the earth and coming into the world. It shares energies around inner darkness, where we may feel uncertain and fearful in life. Then it makes bold leaps into the burning of this darkness, extinguishing them with an almost birdlike presence replacing the shadows. The colours of orange and burnt sienna, denote a powerful emergence of coming into the light.

If you wish to read more about the project, below is a link to an article with Artlines news.

On Friday the the 13th September, Dark Matter will be included in the Artist Walk, as part of the Discovering Place, Annual Conference, There will be a Talk onsite about the project, by Artlease and myself.

Ginette Hillman
Winter Blues

It was an inspired time upon returning from Tasmania’s creative immersion, I painted quite furiously. Bright colours continued to flow through my artwork, although by August, the old love of blues emerged once again. Some influenced by winter blues, others by going through transformation and some with a touch of the divine.  Now it is Spring, there are still a few months of this year to create new artwork, as well to expand into some new expressions. Looking forward to sharing what comes through the studio, there are some cool projects stewing.

Ginette Hillman
Private Viewings & Selections of Artwork

It has been a gratifying process sharing private viewings at the studio and making personal selections with clients, to hanging the artworks in their homes.  It is one of my favourite things to show artwork in this manner, and feels quite sacred to me.

If you are interested in viewing artworks for your home or with new architectural project in mind, please contact me for a viewing at my studio in the Fremantle area. See the contacts page for more details.

Ginette Hillman
Painting in Glaziers Bay, Tasmania

Mid year, I had a revitalising visit to the Huon Valley in Tasmania, where I was able to paint at the Art Residency studio provided by Matt Calvert, in Glaziers Bay. Painting in the art studio by day, then hiking in the Huon Valley in the late afternoons induced sparks in creative energy. This followed by a visit to Dark Mofo, was extraordinary.

Ginette Hillman
A Year of Painting

2018 has been a year immersed in my creative practice with painting, I have been really fortunate to have had this opportunity to do so. The first half of the year produced many colourful paintings, some delicate and others extremely bold and wild.

Ginette Hillman