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Gillie Hoyte Byrom began enamelling in 1977 and was largely self-taught until 1990 when she went to Barcelona to study the painting of portrait miniatures in vitreous enamel. The artist exhibits annually with the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers at the Westminster Gallery, London and was elected to full membership of this prestigious society in 1994. Gillie has also been a member of the Hilliard Society since 1992 and a member of the British Society of Enamellers since 1986. She has been exhibiting regularly with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen since joining in 1979 and other annual exhibitions include Clearwater, Florida and Goldsmith’s Hall where she has won the top award in enamel painting five years in succession. Gillie has completed numerous private commissions including pieces for the Sultan and Queen or Brunei and she frequently demonstrates the unique conjunction of science and art in her work at public exhibitions.
Education   Homerton College, Cambridge  
Exeter University  
Awards   1990 – Winner, The Margaret Ryder prize for the best non-members work, Royal Miniaturists’ Society (RMS), London  
1993 – 2nd Prize, Enamel & Fired Porcelain, Florida Miniature Society  
1994 – 1st Prize, Religious Category, Florida  
1995 – 1st Prize, Six Square Inches Category, Florida  
1995 – 1st, 2nd and Highly Commended, Enamel Painting, Goldsmith’s Craft Council (GCC)  
1995 – Honourable Mention for the Gold Bowl, RMS  
1996 – 1st, 2nd, Highly Commended and Special Award, GCC  
1997 – 1st and Highly Commended, Enamel Painting, GCC  
1997 – Judges Honourable Mention, Florida Miniature Society  
1998 – 2nd Prize, Enamel Painting, GCC  
1998 – Honourable Mention for the Gold Bowl, RMS  
1999 – 1st Prize, Highly Commended & Special Award, Enamel Painting, GCC  
1999 – Honourable Mention for the Gold Bowl, RMS  
2000 – 1st and 2nd Prize, Enamel Painting, GCC  
2000 – Honourable Mention for the Gold Bowl, RMS  
2001 – 1st, 2nd and Special Award, Enamel Painting, GCC
Selected Commissions   Sir John Harvey Jones  
The Sultan of Brunei  
The Queen of Brunei  
Colonel and Mrs Cameron  
High Sheriff of Cornwall
Group Exhibitions   The artist exhibits annually with:  
The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers  
Devon Guild of Craftsmen  
Florida Miniature Society  
Goldsmith’s Craft Council
Solo Exhibitions   2000 - Studio Fusion, OXO Tower Wharf, South Bank, London
Artist's Statement   “My aim is to bring life to the likeness whilst presenting the subject's best features in a harmonious artistic composition. Each of the portraits has been fired in a kiln at least a dozen times to fuse the enamel to a gold or copper base. As a result the colours will never fade, creating a jewel-like heirloom to be treasured for generations.”

Statement      "Enamelling is the art of fusing glass to metal. It is a challenging process involving a fascinating and exacting combination of art, chemistry and risk. Each portrait has been fired in a kiln at 750°C about a dozen times and undergoes a dramatic colour change that reverts as the enamel cools. There is full flexibility in how much the client wishes to be involved. The subject may be available for sittings as the portrait progresses but most prefer to either supply their own photographs or meet me so that I can take my own photos and video. It may not be possible to meet the subject of the portrait if it is intended as a surprise or they live far away or the miniature is to be a posthumous memorial. I am fully conversant with various ways of working to suit the client but I need at least one good photograph of the subject as a starting point. The frames which I hold in stock range from the popular 3' x 2½' oval gilt frame set against a velvet mount to specially designed and exquisitely hand-made frames in gold and silver incorporating jewels.”


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 2200    $3315
Half LengthFrom £ 3000 $4520
3/4 LengthFrom £ 3600 $5420
Full LengthFrom £ 5000 $7520
Double PortraitFrom £ 4000 $6020
Group PortraitFrom £ 7500 $11300
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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