Heather Gulliver was born in 1952 and brought up in beautiful Zimbabwe. Her works are a celebration of Africa's magic and mystique, hers is an interpretation of the rhythms and colours of Africa, as well as a distinctive depiction of the special light and feel of this harsh terrain.
Nature's superb juxtapositions have provided great inspiration. Atmosphere is elusive and yet it influences our lives considerably. Continents mould people. The paintings convey the excitement, vitality and awe of the African wilderness, presented vividly by an artist who knows the continent in a way that is not possible for a visitor or even a frequent traveller.
From 1958 to 1970 she attended Chisipite School and Sixth Form College in Zimbabwe, as well as travelling in England, South Africa, Mozambique, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Early teachers included Babette Fitzgerald and Josephine O'Farrell. In 1971 to 1972, her preparation continued at Alliance Française and also at Atelier Met de Penninghen et Jacques d'Andon in Paris (Academie Julienne). Much time was spent absorbing the ethos and technicalities of international art.
Following her years in Paris, Heather's studies continued in Cambridge, UK, between 1972 and 1975, in this time she also travelled in Mexico and Peru. Due to the very political nature of the Art School scene she chose to put the emphasis on finding her own direction as an artist rather than hoop jumping.
In 1976, the artist set up an etching studio near Bath UK and was a print maker until changing direction to painting in oils and drawing with mixed media from 1984 onward. Children were born in 79 and 82. She continues with this media to the present day. She moved to Canterbury in 1994 and then to Gloucestershire in 2001. Over this period her extensive international travels have included Zimbabwe, Iran, Seychelles , India, Bhutan, Nepal, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Greece, South Africa , Morocco, La Gomera, Madeira, Uganda and Costa Rica. She continues to travel internationally.
1980 University of Bristol
1991 Library Gallery, University of Bath
1991 Black Horse Cafe, Frome
1992 Sulis Arts Marquee, Bath Festival
1993 Walcot Village Church during the Bath Festival.
1995 Darwin College, University of Kent at Canterbury
1998 Corridor Arts, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
1998 Bridge Wardens' College, Chatham
1998 Cleary Gallery Canterbury Festival
1998 Chaucer College, Canterbury
2000 Ashford Library Gallery
Beldam Gallery, Brunel University
Keynes Art Gallery, University of Kent at Canterbury Dec
2010 Hospital Arts Chelsea and Westminster Hospital March
2014 O3 Gallery Oxford
2014 Oct North Wall Gallery Oxford
Royal Institute of Printmakers, Engravers, and Lithographers
R.W.A. Bristol (76,77,78)
The Bath and West Show (prize winner)
Victoria Gallery, Bath
University of Bath
North Parade Gardens during Bath Festival.
Green Park Station. Bath Festival
Rentre, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University
Pumpkin Patch, Arts Foundation, Sandwich, Kent
Selected RWA 2004
Great Art Fair 2006
The Untitled Artists Fair 2010
2011 Parallax Art Fair2
2014 Xerophytica Zimbabwe
Heather Gulliver's work is to be found in collections around the world; principally in the UK , the Middle East, the USA, Australia and Southern Africa.