Ted Hillyer with his artwork Summer which was painted in 2009.
Ted Hillyer with his artwork Summer which was painted in 2009. Bruce Thomas

Ted Hillyer exhibition at gallery

TED Hillyer, a survey 1968-2010 will be the next exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

The Ted Hillyer exhibition, which celebrates more than 40 years of work by one of the Coffs Coast’s best-known painters, will open on April 16 and will remain on show until June 5.

It will be accompanied by an exhibition of ceramics by John Tuckwell, with decorations by Ted Hillyer.

A souvenir catalogue will also be available with the exhibition and the artist will sign catalogues for those attending the opening night.

The artist will also present two floor talks at the gallery, at 10.30am on April 30 and from 4-5.30pm on May 6 during the Casella Wines wine tasting.

Since settling in the Bellinger Valley in 1962, Ted Hillyer has painted the landscapes and people of the Coffs Coast.

His paintings celebrate scenes from the tumbled rock cliffs of Glenreagh to the majestic coastal headlands, as well as the sub-tropical lifestyle of the region’s beachgoers, fishers and sunbathers.

Now 73, Ted Hillyer can look back on more than half a century of art practice, most of it spent on the Coffs Coast.

Many artists and former students throughout North West NSW also owe him a debt of gratitude for his tuition skills.

For many years Ted Hillyer taught adult art at workshops in Bellingen, Dorrigo, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga and Nambucca.

The Campbelltown-born artist studied at the National Art School in East Sydney and had his first solo exhibition at Sydney’s Macquarie Galleries in 1972.

He later moved to Sydney’s Robin Gibson Gallery where he continued to exhibit his work in solo and group shows.

His most recent exhibition was at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery .

His work is also represented in the regional gallery’s permanent collection as well as in Art Bank; the Allen Allen and Hemsley collection and numerous private collections.

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