Hilary Bower

Hilary Bower


As ideas have developed over the years, Bower’s practice has increasingly focused on the incidental, ordinary and seemingly insignificant. It has explored a series of personal and professional associations with people, places and journeying: all absorbed through the process of quiet observation.

Recent works also represent a desire for clarity and the search for a language through which to express a comprehension of a world which is both material and non-material. The notion of silence and waiting, of incidental marking and matter, of space and substance are critical areas of current research.

I am currently exploring and researching the idea of silence, stillness and waiting as things of substance, of tangibility; substance and matter, dark and shadow, weighted and light, of occupying space. Drawing and mark making are key  to the exploration, understanding and clarification of  thinking and concepts running in parallel with the making and constructing with materials such as linen, wood, metal and paint to enable a depth of consideration and outcome.

IN SILENCE 2 | Linen, plywood, sawdust; 62cm x 32cm x 6cm. Photo: Dick Makin Imaging
WAITING 3 (detail) | Linen, aluminium, sawdust; 125cm x 16cm x 15cm. Photo: Dick Makin Imaging
INVESTIGATION 1 | Sandpaper, waxed rope, stitch; 60cm 40cm. Photo: Hilary Bower
Todwick, near Sheffield, England

Workshops: Yes
Talks: Yes
Commissions: Yes