Hilary Jackman studied illustration at RMIT 1960–63, assisted by the John Storey Junior Memorial Scholarship 62-63. Being strongly influenced by the natural environment and the artistic community in and around Eltham, her interest in illustration shifted to an art practice combining direct observation, the figure and the landscape. She shared those early days with a group of like-minded painters who had been taught by students of Max Meldrum.

In order to resolve her objectives she developed a studio practice by building studio/house in a Conservation Cooperative in the Bend of Islands and utilising her collection of objects to reflect on the temporal nature of things and of observation itself.

She returned to RMIT (1997-2001) completing a degree in Fine Art, printmaking, followed by honours in sculpture.

Traces of Meldrum’s ideas, plein air priorities, landscape format and light are still evident in her work that further develops the idea of altering the duration of the viewing experience.

For over ten years, she has worked as a specialist paint colourist to Robert Owen and more recently assisting her partner, Jeph Neale on public art projects.

Hilary is one of the Founding Members of Artery Cooperative in Northcote, Melbourne


1943 Born in Melbourne.

1960/63 Diploma of Illustration, RMIT. 

1962/63 Summer School NGV

1976/77 Victorian State Studio.

1980 Study tour, England, France and Holland (Eltham Prize).

1986/87 Study tour, Europe and America (Alice Bale Traveling Scholarship).

1986/2001 Committee member of Eltham Art Award now Nillumbik Art Award.

1990 Study tour, Italy. 

1997/99 BA Fine Art Printmaking RMIT.

2000/01 Honours, Sculpture RMIT.

2003/09 Studio assistant for Robert Owen

2007/19 Contributed to establishing Artery Cooperative Ltd. Northcote, Melbourne



1978 Eltham Gallery

1979 Studio, Bend of Islands

1980 European Exhibition, Eltham Community Centre.

1982 Eltham Gallery.

1983 Studio, Merimbula.

1984 - 7 Eltham Community Centre.

1989 Australian Impressions Gallery, Melbourne.

1990 Melbourne Art Exchange.

1991 Melbourne Fine Art Gallery.

1992 Melbourne Fine Art Gallery.

1995 Delshan Gallery, Melbourne.

1996 Delshan Gallery, Melbourne.

1996 Delshan Gallery, Brisbane.

2005 Delshan Gallery, Melbourne.

2011 The Light Factory Gallery, Melbourne.

2014 The Light Factory Gallery, Melbourne



1973 Chameleon Gallery, Mt.Eliza.

1973 Seven Painters, Victorian Artists Society Galleries.

1976 Seven Painters, David Sumner Gallery, Adelaide.

1976 Victorian Women, Bartoni Gallery, Melbourne.

1977 Seven Painters, David Sumner Gallery, Adelaide.

1980 Seven Painters, Eltham Community Centre.

1985 Alice Bale Art Award Exhibition, McClelland Regional Gallery

1989 Drawings, Australian Impressions Gallery.

1989 Drawings, Eltham Gallery.

1991 Artists Abroad, Melbourne Fine Art.

1992 Fine Australian Paintings, Melbourne Fine Art.

1992 Australian Women Artists, Capricorn Gallery.

1992 Important Women Artists, Melbourne Fine Art.

1995 Women on the Walls, Mornington Peninsula Art Centre (curator - Juliet Peers).

1996 The Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Cremorne, NSW.

1996 Portia Geach Memorial Award, SH Erwin Gallery, Sydney.

1998 Works form the Nillumbik Art Collection, Eltham Library Community Gallery.

1998 The Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Cremorne, NSW.

1998 Making a Spectacle of Ourselves, Eltham Library Community Gallery.

1998 RMIT Fine Art at the Yuan-Ze University, Korea. 

1998 Graduate Exhibition, Span Gallery, Melbourne.

2000 Vast, Lawson’s Gallery, Sydney.

2000 Graduate Exhibition RMIT.

2001 Floriade, Vanessa Wood Fine Art, Mosman, NSW.

2008/10 Nillumbik Art Awards.

2010 The Light Factory Gallery, Melbourne.

2012 Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize for Still Life.

2013 Northern Lights, (acquired) Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

2014 Darebin Art Awards  (acquired) Bundoora Homestead


Public Collections - National Gallery of Victoria.

Municipal Collections - Nillumbik, Banyule, Manningham, Darebin

Corporate Collections - Mobil, Melbourne. McCann Erickson, Sydney, Epworth  Hospital. 


Artists & Galleries of Australia, Max Germaine, Craftsman House,1990, Vol One, p. 338.

More Than Just Gumtrees, Juliet Peers, MSWP&S, 1993, pp. 78, 86, 122, 135.

Australian Artist, Hilary Jackman, Elladrent Pty. Ltd. June 1986, p20 – 22.

Australian Country Style, Seeing the Light, Federal Publishing Company, December 1993, p64 - 67.