Jill Hockett Biography


Jill Hockett was born Jill Unwin in Sussex, UK, in November 1950 and has resided in
Sompting since the age of nine.

Her first memory of artistic praise came from a school teacher at North Lancing
Primary School. An ancient oak tree was chosen by teacher Miss Tait for observation 
by her class at Lancing Manor. The adulation Jill remembers receiving was probably 
enough to trigger the desire to pursue an artistic career, although it would be a 
while before she was to became a painter.
Marriage at eighteen and having two children within a few years of that, meant that 
Jill could study art whilst the children were at school. In 1976 she was accepted 
as a student at the Atelier of Dr Gyula Sajo in Worthing. Dr Sajo, a former Budapest
University Professor, had fled Hungary at the time of the uprising in 1956. He set up a
private art school in Chesswood Road. Gyula helped Jill to develop her creative ability
to work from life. This culminated, in his words ‘a level of attainment in Life Drawing,
painting and understanding of colour, equivalent to that of a graduate’. He also stated
that Jill was his most gifted student, ever! Printmaking, including lino, was also
explored diligently.
In the year 2000, Jill was invited by Worthing Municipal Museum and Art Gallery to
show, in all, seventy pieces of work in a Major Solo Exhibition. Her work has been
shown many times in London, including The Mall Galleries and Central Hall,
Westminster. Also a regular exhibitor with The Atelier Art Group, Society of Sussex
Painters and West Sussex Painters and at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Work now
hangs in private collections and organisations both at home and abroad, as do
commissioned portraits depicting well known Sussex dignitaries and personalities. In
1998 Jill was also commissioned to produce a piece of art work for Worthing Museum,
to go on permanent display.
Although having been influenced by many great painters and draughtsman of the past,
in particular the Post Impressionist movement along with Walter Sickert and other
Camden Town Painters, Jill has arrived at this point with a powerful personal style
which continues to evolve.
In the current climate which encourages more conceptional art, Jill prefers to utilise arts
time honoured disciplines as a means of exploring her love of design, colour
harmonies, tone, texture and draughtsmanship.

This verse, written recently by Jill sums up those feelings.

Old Man Art

Old Man Art has been struck
By a wasting disease
Brittle boned fingers
And rickety knees 
His vertebrae crumbling
Ousted by ‘The New’
Surprise and sensation ..
The ‘New Art’ to view
No longer a virtue
Are skill, practice, toil
Abandoned the ‘studio’,
Easel and oil.
Yes, pushing the boundary is
Natural, fine
But too much - too quickly.
So, I draw the line.
I proceed with caution
Observing the past
Accept what endures
And remains unsurpassed
Endorsing an Art World ..
Decisive, resolved
With time-honored values
Sincerely evolved
I won’t become part of
This race to ‘upstage’
Old Man Art takes first place
(I’m respectful of age!)
And it may be ‘unhip’ -
Painting Art for a wall
But HIS legacy proves ..
It could outlive us all.







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