Lesley Hilling is a self-taught artist living and working in South London.
During a successful career as a graphic designer and illustrator, lasting over thirty years, she was shortlisted for several awards including the Canon Digital Print Award and the Mitsubishi Digital Print Award and was also featured in The Best of British Illustration.
During this time Hilling became interested in a more art-based practice and began to make box constructions influenced by the work of Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson.
Lesley works mainly with salvaged wood and recycled materials. She uses discarded broken furniture and old un-tunable pianos and collects materials for her work such as photographs and old machine parts, at car boot fairs. She also incorporates her own photographs and mementos which have been in her family for more than fifty years. She is currently exploring painting her wooden constructions and creating works which move through the spectrum from white, to grey and black.
Hilling has participated in many group-shows and has had five solo shows including ‘The Enigmatic World of Joseph Boshier’ where she masqueraded as 1930’s modernist architect Joseph Boshier and collaborated with film makers Ivano Darra and Walter Graham Reed to produce a documentary about the fictional Boshier’s life.
Born in Reading, UK in 1958, she has lived in Brixton for nearly 40 years.