Hilary Bryson


Artist and Sculptor

14th - 16th November 2018 (9am - 5pm)


Hilary Bryson was brought up in Essex, England, where drawing was a natural part of her childhood. She read Zoology at Oxford and graduated with an M.A. in 1955. After Oxford, Hilary moved to Northern Ireland where she engaged with the local art scene and studied with Terence Flanagan, Tom Carr and John Turner. In the 1970s, she started taking private commissions and she became a regular exhibitor at the Royal Ulster Academy. She worked mainly in pastel with some oils, and a body of graphic work in charcoal and pencil. Accurate representational drawing may have been her stock-in-trade, but her interest in the 1990s began to centre more upon colour, composition and an attempt to get at the essential nature of her subjects. Her background in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy was strongly reflected in her animal studies which formed the backbone of her work. Her sense of humour, a strong feature of many of her sketches and informal work, also started to emerge in some of her later pieces. In her final phase, she began to do more life drawing and sculptures in both clay and bronze. The subjects of her sculptures were animals and nudes, as well as deities and heroes from classical mythology.

She exhibited both at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy, and several London galleries. Examples are represented in permanent collections in Belfast and County Down, as well as in private collections throughout the United Kingdom.


Georgina Bryson

November 2018