Hilary Sims’ Art Exhibit Is a Glowing Tribute | Blue Mountains Gazette

The upcoming exhibition of work by Blue Mountains-based artist Hilary Sims at the Gang Gang Gallery in Lithgow fulfills a last wish from the artist who died suddenly in June.

Her daughter Melissa Sims, who curated the retrospective exhibition with her family, said it will be on view December 2-5 and “is in honor of our wonderfully wacky mother”.

“In October 2020, at a time that can only be described as coincidental, Hilary wrote down her last wishes on a note,” Ms Sims said. “Amongst a few other things, such as ‘when you think of me, remember to laugh’, she wrote on her death, her hope for an exhibition, so that her paintings would continue to be seen, inspired and loved by many. .

“A daughter’s love knows no bounds and we are so grateful that we can fulfill our beloved mother’s last wish, a showcase of her life’s work.”

Hilary Sims’ art represents only three and a half years of creativity.

Her application of textures, patterns and use of bold colors reflect her quirky, yet confident and positive approach to life, Ms Sims says.

“Her paintings evoke emotions of excitement and curiosity, taking the viewer to a magical place,” she said.

Born in Glasgow in 1966, Hilary Sims emigrated to Australia with her family when she was six years old.

She lived in the Blue Mountains for over 45 years before her death.

“Hilary loved living in the mountains, which, along with regional locations, were often her muse for her landscape paintings,” Ms Sims said.

“Hilary had attended workshops with established artists, exhibited her work in NSW galleries including the Michael Reid Gallery in Sydney, the Waltzing Matilda Center in Winton, Queensland, and had been a finalist in numerous competitions including the John Villiers Outback art Prize, Hawkesbury Art Prize. , Purple Noon Gallery, People’s Choice Award – Art Street Exhibition Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba and the Blacktown Art Prize.

“His final submission was to the Archibald.”

Mrs. Sims and her family will be at the gallery on Thursday December 2 and Saturday December 4 from 2-4:30 p.m. to share a glass of wine and some stories about their mom.

Gang Gang Gallery is located at 206 Main Street, Lithgow.

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