(Australia 23 Jul 1881 – Apr 1916)
The Art Gallery
- Other titles:
- The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Not on display
- Further information
J J Hilder was born at Toowoomba, Queensland. Greatly admired by his contemporaries, both artists and collectors, for his atmospheric watercolours; his career was cut short by his premature death from tuberculosis. Principally a watercolourist, he exhibited his first works in August 1907 at the Society of Artists exhibition in Sydney. Poor health deterred him from painting in oils, but he did make a small number of monotypes using oil paint between 1911 and 1913. Harry Julius, a colleague and friend of the artist, recalled in 1918:
I showed him a simple method of making monotypes, and for a time he was absorbed in it. The process was that of painting in oils on a piece of glass, placing a sheet of damp blotting paper on the painting and then rolling a bottle over the paper to get an impression. It is a tricky method, and amused him for a while.
(Harry Julius, 'Recollections of Hilder', Sydney Ure Smith and Bertram Stevens (eds), 'The Art of J J Hilder', Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918, pg. 30).
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998
- (circa 1912)
- colour monotype on ivory wove paper
- 19.6 x 19.2 cm image; 20.0 x 19.7 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1986
- Accession number