Hilary Paynter PPRE Hon. RWS

Hilary Paynter has been a wood engraver for over 30 years. Although she is particularly well known for her charming animal studies, she is equally confident working on a variety of other subjects: images of her native Scottish landscape, as well as dark industrial scenes where the carefully depicted rocks and foliage are replaced by forests of pylons and pipelines. She also makes socio-political pieces which grimly poke fun at aspects of modern-day life such as the rush hour grind or life under the flight path. And, to round off her repertoire, there are even some naughty prints, commissioned she says, ‘to make old ladies faint’.