Current Exhibition


"Home is where the art is."

11 - 24 October

“Home is where the art is, is a body of works that represents artist’s transition from New York City to New Zealand.”

Hilary Mance is a self-taught artist from New York City adept in realism, surrealism, abstract, impressionism, illustration, cartooning, graphic design, and makeup. Her art career spans the decades and genres since 1978. Mance’s versatility allows her the freedom to accept projects and commissions in almost every aspect of art. Photorealistic portraits and nudes had been her personal focus. Mance considers her masterpiece to be the oil portrait of musician David Byrne, whom she met while doing his makeup on a film. Working part time as a make-up artist in some of New York City’s most popular strip clubs, Hilary painted the dressing room scene of the girls getting ready for stage.

In 2012 a traumatic event took her art down a different path when she received an assignment in her sleep to convey the experience of ‘Letting Go’. This became the title of the first painting in her new abstract style. Drawing inspiration from her time living in New Zealand, she incorporates organic materials into her palette such as sand, glass, shells and human ashes (for commissions from families of loved ones who have passed on). Buried in every painting are Sacred Circuitry Symbols.

From the Artist: “The shift from realism to abstract happened for me through the death of my second husband. I had found out that the first three minutes of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement are the vibrations for letting go.
I listened to it every day, and one night in my sleep, a voice told me to paint the visual equivalent to those first three minutes. For the next three months I worked on “Letting Go”, using layers of acrylics, oils, mediums, broken mirror and my husband’s ashes. It was a completely cathartic experience … Not only for breaking through the facade of physicality, but for the expressive freedom of abstract, especially after painting excruciatingly tight photorealism.”

Commercial and residential paintings and mural commissions in: New York, New Jersey, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Connecticut, Las Vegas and in New Zealand.

Magazines and Newspapers: New York Magazine, The New York Optimist, Sportswear International Magazine, The New York Ledger, American Baby Magazine.

Portrait Commissions: Actors; John Huston, Yannis Simonides, Susie Essman. Musicians and Music Producers; David Byrne, Tony Strong, Nik Leman, Alan McGee, Luca Soul. Artists; Richard Shaoul, Steve Joester, Aron Laikin, Biaggio DiGiovanni and for corporate Heads and Families.

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 4pm.  

Please see all current available works by Hilary here: theartloungenz.com/artists/painters/hilary-mance/

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Opening Evening & Meet the Artist:

Join us at the Opening Evening with the first pre-view of Hilary's work and meet our artist on Friday, 11th October, 5 - 7pm.

Exhibition & Sale

11 – 24 October 2019. Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 4pm.

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