“Ria is a self taught artist with a remarkable eccentric realist style influenced by her medical training. Expressing her love of fantasy and tales of the imagination, her paintings appear as scenes from yet to be written legends. In The Nocturnal Ones she places herself in a strangely familiar night forest surrounded by Tasmanian animals. In White Leather & Chrome her exquisitely rendered male nude has giant wings folded behind him as he sits in reverie.

She works in a wide variety of mediums, from traditional oil paint to pencil, marker pen and ink. Ria’s draftsmanship is wonderful, demonstrating a commitment to life drawing as practice for the figure.

Ria is one of many contemporary online artists who form a community that encourage and mentor each other, sharing experiences and themes. Their techniques are informed by book and graphic novel illustration, by graffiti and PreRaphaelism."
Betty Nolan, Hobart Tasmania

Nolan Art

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featured in Art and Stories Made for Children

  • Joined: October 2009


Art Prices & Guilt Trips!

Pricing art is so hard! / I use how many hours it took to create a piece (not counting research time) as a guide, and sort of figure out a rough hourly rate. I’ve never factored in the cost of canvas, brushes, varnish or paint, only framing (mine are usually framed), so i think my buyers & the gallery owner are getting a pretty good deal! In fact I end up making less per hour than a 15y…
Posted 3 months – 2 comments

Xmas Present!

finally finished all the shopping, wrapping, & most of the pre xmas parties & cooking, & decided it was time i gave myself a present. something i’ve been thinking about for a while now: an Art by Ria Gilham facebook page! / i have 52 likes in half a day, which i’m thrilled about, since i can only invite people i know so far! / so please, if you’re reading this come and have a look! …
Posted 7 months – Leave a comment

Suddenly Selling!!

First reclining Goat sold about a month ago, which excited me because while i’ve sold plenty of works myself, i’ve never had one sell through a gallery before! Now 2 more – The Nocturnal Ones & The Discovery have sold in just over a week! / This is so exciting! I don’t know what’s happening out there to make buyers suddenly discover my work, but I’m thrille…
Posted 11 months – 4 comments

Where Are All the Girls?

so as you might have noticed, i’ve been taking a break from the oil painting to tell a story in a different medium: a graphic novel. it’s very stark, black & white style, & making a huge difference to how i see light & shadow & shapes. it’ll be interesting to see how it shapes my paintings when i get back into that (and i will: i love colour too!) / I’m pre…
Posted about 1 year – Leave a comment