Oliner, Sheila

(!930 - 2020)

Sheila Oliner was born in London and initially studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, subsequently working and studying at Studio Prints in London, under the guidance of printmaker Dorothea Wight.

Sheila taught art at the Camden Arts Centre before moving to Zennor, Cornwall in 1985 taking a studio in St Ives and was heavily involved in the foundation of the Porthmeor Printmakers Workshop. In 1990, with a group of fellow artists / printmakers (including Roy Ray, John Emauel and Stephen Dove) Sheila became  part of the Porthmeor Printmakers, and their combined portfolios supported both the Penwith Galleries, and the education facilities of the Tate St Ives. 

Sheila was for a number of years the tutor in printmaking at the Penzance School of Art. Her subject matter revolved around the lives of women, their relationships and their position in society. Her works were exhibited widely in the UK, and toured with the Arts Council. Further afield, she showed works in the USA, Norway, Israel, and Japan, where she enjoyed particular success.

Sheila Oliner died in London on 20 April 2020, at the age of 89.