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Biography | Jillian Cheshire


Jillian was born and raised in the outback mining town, Broken Hill. She says, ‘it’s a wonderful place; it has magnificent intense light and a unique atmosphere’. Jillian always had a passion for Art and she commenced Children’s Art class at the Broken Hill TAFE at the age of 10. Jillian undertook drawing and oil painting classes as a young adult and has never put her artistic tools down. She started exhibiting her artwork as a teenager, her first sale going to the USA.  Realising her hunger to formally study Art, Jillian relocated from Broken Hill to Adelaide in 1992.

In 2004, Jillian completed a Degree in Visual Art and Applied Design in Adelaide. She finished at the top of her class- Majoring in Painting. Jillian has won many awards including the Minter Ellison Rising Star Award, Peoples’ Choice Award artEast program and in 2004 she was a finalist in the Fleurieu Biennale. In 2005, she undertook a mentorship with Sam Hill Smith of the Hill Smith Gallery, the mentorship culminated in a very successful solo exhibition. In 2007 she was Runner up in the painting category in the internationally respected Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. 

In December 2009 Jillian was invited to exhibit in the prestigious Florence Biennale, Italy. As the only South Australian, she attended and exhibited her artwork, which was extremely well received. Jillian also has a love of Community; she enjoys teaching Art and Art 4 Wellbeing, to all ages and levels of experience. Jillian has a passion for community art projects as both an artist and arts industry worker.  Since graduating, Jillian has had many exhibitions and commissions and her beautiful thought provoking artwork has become highly collectable. South Australia has been rewarded with Jillian’s incredible emergence onto the Art scene.


In 2016 Jillian completed an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy at Ikon Institute, Adelaide. Since graduating, Jillian has been facilitating Art 4 Wellbeing Workshops in Aged Care.  Jillian’s art business, ‘With all my ART’ includes not only her award winning contemporary paintings; she offers her skills and experience in freelance gallery management, curating, tutoring and consultancy and her sought after, Art for Well-being Workshops.

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