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


Porthmeor Printmakers

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)