Lesley Hilling

Lesley Hilling has been represented by Knight Webb Gallery since January 2013. She is passionate about discarded furniture and other distinctive objects, which she ingeniously weaves and formalizes into elegant wooden constructions. The antiquity and mystery present in her work creates a bridge between the Modern era and today . Hilling’s recent projects include VOLTA show in Basel and the Aesthetica Art Prize touring exhibition.

'On my first visit to Lesley’s home, I saw rooms full of large towers, assembled from broken pianos, using traditional sawn, glued and clamped joinery. Decades of work was languishing in her store rooms, everything was an artwork or about to become one.' - Rufus Knight-Webb

Both challenging and innovative, Lesley’s work is instantly recognisable for its organic, architectural forms and its understated elegance. In her practice there is a system of searching, collecting and transforming.

Lesley values nostalgia. Her house and sculpture practice are testament to this attachment to the past, and the recycling of materials has grown out of her core values.

Hilling trained and worked for many years as a graphic designer. She began to make box constructions in her spare time, which were heavily influenced by the work of the American sculptors Joseph Cornell and Louise Nevelson. These early constructions grew into elaborate wall sculptures and human size wooden towers. By the 1990’s her sculpture projects had taken priority over graphic design and she entered a full time career in sculpture, working with England and Co Gallery in London.

‘Lesley’s work conveys a powerful sense of longing to preserve the fragments of the past, a desire for order, a passionate and mysterious evocation of lost moments.’ - Jane England



 2017  'On Longing' Solo Show at Knight Webb Gallery
2017 London Art Fair, Islington
2016 VOLTA12, Basel 'In A Silent Way'
2016 London Art Fair, Islington
2014 Under the Sign of the Hourglass’, Knight Webb Gallery, London, UK
2013 ‘Atlantic Road’ Group Show. Knight Webb Gallery, London, UK
‘Joseph Boshier’ Solo Show. Stand Point Gallery. London, UK
Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, UK
2012 'Under The Sign of The Hourglass' Solo show Nancy Victor Gallery Charlotte Mews
'It's A Wonderful Life' Group Show Nancy Victor Gallery Charlotte Mews, UK
'Wandering Lines' Group Show England & Co Great Portland Street, UK
2011 'Door!' Nancy Victor Gallery Charlotte MewS, UK
2010 ‘Winter Exhibition' Group Show BHVU Gallery Stoke Newington
, UK
'Summer Exhibition' Group Show England & Co.Westbourne Grove, UK
2009 'Age & Memory' Group Show Riverside Gallery Richmond
, UK
2008 ‘Summer Exhibition' Group Show England & Co.Westbourne Grove
, UK
2007 'Relics' Solo Show Nancy Victor Gallery Charlotte Street, UK
2006 Henley Festival Group Show, UK
2003 'Sartorial' Group Show England & Co.Westbourne Grove, UK
1999 International Miniature Print Exhibition - Invited Artist
1998 International Miniature Print Exhibition - Winner TN Lawrence Award
Mitsubishi Digital Print Award - Highly Commended
Best of British Illustration - Book and Touring Exhibition
International Miniature Print Exhibition - Invited Artist
1997 Canon Digital Print Award - shortlisted

The Story of Joseph Boshier


Lesley invented a historical alter ego named Joseph Boshier. A modernist architect, who through misfortune became a reclusive sculptor. On September 29th 1948, the first two floors of his much heralded building, Chesney Court, buckled and the ten storey concrete structure collapsed leaving three dead and forty-seven injured. Boshier, racked with guilt subsequently vanished. On his death in 1982, his south London home revealed a staggering trove of intricate wooden sculptures - subsisting for decades on a tiny income, he had produced a series of extraordinary sculptures, re-working salvaged wood with an obsessive joinery.

Lesley Hilling presents The Enigmatic World of Joseph Boshier was an exhibition held at the Standpoint gallery in Hoxton. Two years in the making, the show included a twenty minute documentary film “The Uncovering of Joseph Boshier.”

Link to the documentary

Lesley created the character and history of Joseph Boshier building a myth on top of her already layered and complicated work.

Read the full biography