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Biography

Hilary Adair was born in Sussex and studied painting and printmaking at Brighton and St.Martin's Schools of Art. Then followed 5 years as Visiting Lecturer at various colleges of art before moving to Greece. For the next 11 years she was based in Athens, where her first solo exhibition was presented by the British Council
In 1982 she returned to England with her family and settled in West Somerset where she has lived ever since, though keeping close contact with Greece. Hilary has carried out commissions for both public and private spaces and is always interested to discuss possible projects.
Her new studio is between Exmoor and the sea, in West Somerset, where she develops ideas for paintings using watercolour, oils and acrylics. Also known as a printmaker, 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 Invited to be the contemporary Cultural Representative for Exmoor National Park.

Solo Exhibitions:
2007 - The Guildhall Gallery, Dulverton, Somerset
2004 - The Hellenic Centre, London
2003 - Strode College Gallery, Street, Somerset
2001 - National Trust Year of the Garden, Knightshayes Court, Devon
1999 - The Museum of Garden History, London
1996 - Exeter & Devon Arts Centre
1992 - Jill Yakas Gallery, Athens
1990 - Sue Rankin Gallery, London
1992/84 - Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton, Somerset
1984/79/77 - Pigeonhole Gallery, London
1976/73/72 - The British Council, Athens

Group Exhibitions Include:
2016 - Shakespeare: A Celebration Bankside Gallery London
2014 - London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
2013 - Beckford Fine Art, The Guildhall, Bath
2013 - London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
2011 - Pressing Matters, Somerset Printmakers, Strode College, Street
2009 - Near & Far Guildhall Gallery, Dulverton
2008 - Originals Mall Galleries, London
2007 - Thelma Hulbert Gallery Open, Honiton, Devon
2006 - Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005 - The Artist & Radio 4, The Bankside Gallery, London
2003 - The National Print Exhibition, London
2003 - Fresh Art at the Design Centre, London
2002 - Hamburg International Print Fair, Germany
2001 - The British Council, Delhi
1998 - Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford
1998 - The National Arts Club, New York
1997 - The Art of the Garden, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1995 - British Artists in Greece, Athens Cultural Centre
1994 - The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
1991 - The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
1989 - The Corporate Arts, Curzon Street, London
1988 - Artists and Places, Barclays Bank, Covent Garden
1987 - AD'87 Concourse Gallery, The Barbican
1985 - The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1982 - Open Art Show, Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Taunton
(Sponsored by HTV awarded First Prize)
1981 - New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Guest Artist
1978 - Norwegian International Print Biennale
1977 - The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1976 - Biella International Print Biennale, Italy
1976 - Cracow International Print Biennale, Poland
1976 - British International Print Biennale

Collections:
American Express Athens, The British Council, Avon U.S.A, Barclays Bank, Boots Ltd, Chase Manhattan Bank, Clydesdale Bank, Eastbourne, London and Stoke-on-Trent Education Authorities, Epirotiki Lines Piraeus, Gray's Library, Halkis Cement Co Greece, Hilton Hotel Athens, Intercontinental Hotel Athens, Norwich City Art Gallery, Macmillan/Heineman Publishing Oxford, Oldham Art Gallery, Paintings in Hospitals, Price Waterhouse, P & O Shipping, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Standard Telephones and Cables, Exeter, Oxford and Warwick Universities, University College Library London, Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne, Jaingsu Art Museum China

Publications:
"Printmakers' Secrets" by Anthony Dyson- The English Garden- Arts Review-The Athenian- The Somerset Magazine
The Observer Colour Magazine- Exmoor, the Country Magazine-