Gill, Olivia (b.1974)

Olivia Lomenech Gill is an artist and printmaker who lives in North Northumberland. Olivia studied art all the way through school, she then went on to complete an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell, where she learnt the techniques of etching. This informed her work in many ways but with an inherent tendency to subvert traditional techniques to suit her needs etch-ing became combined with drawing and collage, and photo-litho plate was adopted as a sur-face for painting. In subsequent years, with no access to printing facilities, working directly onto metal became a trademark of her work. She now works in a wooden studio built entire-ly by hand, by herself and her husband. In it she has completed many exhibitions of work, as well as her first large illustration commission, ‘Where My Wellies Take Me…’ by Michael and Clare Morpurgo, published by Templar Publishing in 2012. The book was designed and illustrated to look like a scrapbook, illustrated in part by the girl whose narrative it is. It has now been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and nominated for the Bratislava Inter-national Biennale of Illustration, as well as winning the English Association Picture Book Fic-tion Award in 2013.After ‘Where My Wellies Take Me…’ was published in 2012, Michael Morpurgo commissioned Olivia to create an artwork for his concert performance, ‘War Horse: Only Remembered’, for which Olivia went to work on site with the Kings Troup, Royal Horse Artillery. Since then she has worked on several illustrations commissions for Faber, Picador and Birlinn and is currently working on a project for Bloomsbury Publishing.

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