Gillian Hyland

Artist Statement

Gillian Hyland creates supernatural staged images, presented as film stills or dramatic moments. Hyland’s unsettling mise-en-scene are full of sex and desire, sadness and nostalgia. Narratives that are psychologically evocative - at once sublimely theatrical yet poignant.

Like Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin, the mix of fashion and art has challenged us to accept stylised new ideas of femininity and masculinity, innocence and sensuality. Hyland describes herself as an image maker and story teller. Her dramatic photographs are based on her own poems, and depict characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. Frozen in time, solitary and vulnerable moments are presented in glorious technicolor and timeless sets. 

Encapsulating her memories and emotions in poems she then transforms these into images, offering a new perspective. The imagery plays with our notions of nostalgia, and taps into society’s cultural understanding of feelings and beliefs. The composition of each image suggests a larger narrative within a single moment. The photograph explores Hyland’s sense of self and society and aims to engage and trigger an emotional response from the viewer.

“It’s not about creating a pretty picture, for me it’s the intention that lies beneath it that is truly worthwhile. I’m drawn to the thinking mind behind the face, the subject’s eyes holding a story in their gaze, that is what I aim to capture through my photographs.”




Exhibition Title City Datesort ascending
Art Miami Miami 11/10/2016 to 02/12/2017
Affordable Art Fair New York City 10/28/2016 to 10/30/2016
Look at me. Arte e femminilità Exhibition Turin 03/17/2016 to 04/27/2016
Affordable Art Fair Milan 03/16/2016 to 03/20/2016
Affordable Art Fair London 03/09/2016 to 03/13/2016
ArtRooms London 01/22/2016 to 01/25/2016
Flux Exhibition London 12/11/2015 to 12/14/2015
La Quatrieme Image Paris 10/27/2015 to 11/01/2015
125 Award London 10/09/2015 to 03/20/2016
RPS International Print Exhibition 158 London 10/09/2015 to 10/13/2015
Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, The Way Of Art VII Edition London 03/10/2015 to 03/13/2016
National Open Art Chichester 12/17/2014 to 01/04/2015
National Open Art Competition London 09/18/2014 to 10/25/2014
AIFF Photography Award Ariano 08/01/2014 to 08/31/2014
PDN Curator Portrait Award New York City 07/11/2014 to 07/13/2014

Achievements & Awards

Competition name Organizer Position Date
International Photographer Of The Year IPOTY Winner Sun, 02/12/2017
Royal Art Prize Royal Opera Arcade Gallery Winner Sun, 05/29/2016
Life Framer Life Framer Winner Mon, 04/11/2016
The National Open Art National Open Art Winner Mon, 11/30/2015
Art Prize CBN Premio Carlo Bonatto Minella Winner Mon, 11/30/2015
La Quartrieme Image Images Humaines Winner Sat, 10/10/2015
AX3 American Aperture Awards AX3 Winner Wed, 03/25/2015
Flash Forward Magenta Foundation Winner Wed, 03/25/2015
Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA Winner Wed, 03/25/2015
Ariana International Film Festival- Photography Award Ariana International Film Festival Winner Mon, 05/26/2014
Prix De La Photographie Paris PX3 Winner Sun, 05/18/2014
Gallery Photographica Gallery Photographica Winner Sun, 05/18/2014
PDN Curator Awards PDN Winner Tue, 05/13/2014
North Valley Art League Photography Award North Valley Art League Winner Mon, 04/07/2014