Hilke MacIntyre was born 1964 in Germany and studied at the College for Art & Architecture in Kiel. After a Diploma in Architecture she worked for various architects until she moved to Scotland in 1995 and concentrated on art. She is now working as an artist near St Andrews.
Her paintings, linocuts, and ceramic reliefs are exhibited in galleries throughout Britain. Her work has been selected many times for the annual show at the Royal Scottish Academy. "I work in a simplified figurative style and enjoy using bold shapes, strong colours, and patterns. The world around me, especially nature, animals and people give me plenty ideas for pictures. Particular influences are primitive art and artists of the early 20th century and contemporary design."
The ceramic reliefs are in editions of 50 by taking a plaster mould from the original design. Then slabs of soft clay are pressed into the mold to produce an identical relief, which is then fired, hand glazed and fired again. The reliefs are frost proof and suitable for outside display. All reliefs are signed and have an edition number. In the back is a hidden hole for hanging. The linocuts are printed with high-quality ink (mostly oil based) on Zerkall or Fabriano paper. Edition size is normally 35 for colour prints, 50 for black-white prints. All linocuts are printed by Hilke on a Harrild Press in her studio.