Hilary Arnold-Baker


Hilary Arnold-Baker was trained by Sir Roger de Grey, former President of the Royal Academy and his wife Flavia Irwin RA, in unchanged Renaissance techniques such as gessoing and gilding to ‘create the heirlooms of the future’. She applies these and other techniques to a wide range of objects including bowls, boxes and mirrors. As she loves 20th C design, her forms are decidedly modern and uncluttered. The surface decoration in contrast usually has at least 10 layers of gesso which is then followed by a variety of techniques including lacquering, oil or acrylic paint, or silver or gold leaf. In addition to her small scale work, Hilary is a painter, print-maker and large scale outdoor sculptor. For the "At Home" exhibition, Hilary will be exhibiting her smaller gilded and collaged papier mache bowls and gessoed and gilded architectural boxes.

Selected works