Dan takes Pachamama to China

Published: 19 November 2015 at 04:30

CSA alumnus Dan Hillier

CSA alumnus chosen to exhibit at British Council event


In October 2015, Cambridge School of Art alumnus Dan Hillier displayed his work at the Great Creator: UK Graduate Show in Beijing, China.

Invited by the British Council, UK institutions nominated their top students and graduates, as well as leading academics and alumni, to take part.

Dan, who studied Illustration and Graphic Arts at ARU in 1995, has since been selling his work in self-promoted shows and online, exhibiting at high-profile venues such as the Saatchi Gallery, MuTate Britain, Victor Wynd Fine Arts, Glastonbury Festival and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Last year his work appeared in the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs show in Les Musée des Arts Décoritifs at the Louvre, Paris, as well as a solo show at the Natural History Museum in Turin, Italy.

'Pachamama' by Dan Hillier

Speaking about his displayed work ‘Pachamama’, Dan said:
“I named the picture ‘Pachamama’ after spending time in the Peruvian Amazon with Shipibo shamans working with the visionary plant medicine ayahuasca. Ayahuasca, known as the Grandmother of plant medicines, regularly brings people profound insight into the felt truth of our being part of nature, not apart from it and relating to it as if it is ‘other’ ”.

Nearly 50,000 people attended the show, as well as a further 700,000 online, with a media circulation of more than two million, including a report on China’s national news channel, CCTV.