Del Hillier

Del Hillier currently works and resides on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations. After graduating with a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2011, Del trained as a preparator at The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery, leading him to work for various galleries, companies, and institutions in Vancouver and abroad. Since 2015, Del shifted his focus to freelance work in order to assist artists more directly with their projects from managerial and hands-on perspectives. This work has spanned the production of large-scale public artworks, to donating his free time to assist small arts organizations. Ancillary to his professional work, Del's multidisciplinary art practice is rooted in the exploration of his rural upbringings, whereby the experience of solitude maintains his world of imaginative play. Self-trained in a variety of crafts and instruments, Del's work searches for personally relevant emotional landscapes, and through the production of art therein, he re-interprets his lived experiences for an audience. In 2016, Del was awarded The BFA Prize under The Portfolio Prize Award, organized and funded by the 85-5 Artists Foundation.