Sheila Oliner was born in London and came to St Ives in 1970. Her training in art was with the City and Guilds Schools and the Slade School. After some years exhibiting in London and elsewhere, her interest in printmaking peaked and she studied under Dorothea White of Studio Prints. Her works have toured with the Arts Council, and she has exhibited at the RA and in mixed shows widely.
Her working studio has been in St Ives since 1985, though she makes her home in nearby Zennor. In 1990 with a group of artists who also worked in the medium of printmaking, she was part of the Porthmeor Printmakers, along with Roy RAY, John EMANUEL and Stephen DOVE. Their combined portfolios of work gave much needed support financially to the Penwith Galleries, and the education facilities of the Tate St Ives.
Sheila was for a number of years the tutor in printmaking at the Penzance School of Art, and exhibits her work in local mixed shows on a regular basis, including the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance. Her subject matter revolves around the lives of women, their relationships and their position in society.
Her daughter, Rebecca Oliner, is also an artist - an outstanding draughtsman and designer in textiles.
Figurative painting, etching, printmaking and woodblock printing, drawing
works and access
Portrait of Rachel: Trevelyan House Permanent Collection, Penzance
Moments That Have Passed II (1997) illus in Cross (2002); N with Cello
Group exhibitions include:
1968: Brighton Art Gallery; Pittsburgh, USA; Goethe Institute, Norway
1994: County Museum, Truro
2003: Wine Street Gallery, Devizes
2011: 'The Female Perspective' Group show, Chapel Gallery, Gulval, April-May
Solo exhibitions include:
1973: Beit Rothschild Gallery, Haifa, Israel
1979, 1983: Minskys Gallery, London
1986-1990: Touring exhibition in Japan
2001: Watercolours and Etchings - Touring exhibition in Japan
1998, 2002: Penwith Gallery, St Ives
misc further info
Cross (2002) Catching the Wave pp103-4 photo likeness & illus
Whybrow (1994) Studio Artists in their Workplace St Ives (artist's statement and photo)