Exhibition of Hilary Sims art serves as a bright tribute

Hilary Sims and one of her celebrated artworks.
Hilary Sims and one of her celebrated artworks.

The coming exhibition of works by Blue Mountains-based artist Hilary Sims at Lithgow's Gang Gang Gallery, fulfills a final wish from the artist who passed unexpectedly in June.

Daughter Melissa Sims, who has organised the retrospective exhibition with her family, said it will be shown from December 2 to 5 and "is in honour of our wonderfully wacky mother".

"In October 2020, in a moment that can only be described now as serendipitous, Hilary transcribed her final wishes down on a note," Ms Sims said. "Amongst a few other things, such as 'when you think of me remember to laugh', she write upon her passing, her hope of an exhibition, so that her paintings would continue to be seen, inspire and be loved by many.

"A daughter's love knows no bounds and we are so gratefel we can fulfill our beloved mother's final wish, a showcase of her life's work."

Hilary Sims art represents just three-and-a-half years of creativity.

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

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

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

She lived in the Blue Mountains for more than 45 years before her passing.

"Hilary loved living in the Mountains, which as well as regional places, were often her muse for her landscape paintings," said ms Sims.

"Hilary had completed workshops with established artists, exhibited her work are NSW galleries including Michael Reid Gallery in Sydney, The Waltzing Matilda Centre 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.

"Her final submission was to the Archibald."

Ms Sims and her family will be at the gallery on Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4, from 2pm to 4.30pm to share a glass of wine and some stories about their mum.

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