Gill Hickman is a textile artist from Farnborough. She currently has a studio in South East London, where she regularly has her work shown at local exhibitions. Her artwork includes photography and embossed prints, in which she uses materials such as gold leaf. Hickman believes life is made up of layers that are gradually peeled away; this is reflected in her textile designs, which have been inspired by the patterns, layers, and textures in the environment.
As Hickman was diagnosed with HIV in 1989, one of her most significant series of work is her Happy Cells paintings. My favourite is probably Blue Cells in Conversation; a painting that uses cool blue tones to contrast our red blood cells, which are represented more literally in a two-piece set of paintings called Energy Cells which, join up like a jig-saw puzzle.
Following this theme is a new series of paintings called Spectacular Cells; the exhibition shows paintings of cells created by teens living with cancer, and will be on display at the Royal Albert Hall between the 14th March - 14th April.
Other places you can see Gill Hickman's work are in the two Sky Lark Galleries at Gabriel's Wharf & Oxo Tower in South Bank, London, where she has work on continuous display.
You also have the opportunity to buy Hickman's art at clearance prices at the Telegraph Hill Open Studios between the 9th-10th March. She is currently getting rid of old work to make room for new projects.