Author(s): Gloria Strzelecki
'Jackie was born wise, and born unperturbed,' said Jeffrey Smart of his friend Jacqueline Hick. Jacqueline Hick (1919-2004) was one of Australia's most successful figurative painters. In a long and fruitful career she also explored print-making and enamelling. Her subjects included the Australian landscape, musical and theatrical performances, and city life. Above all, Hick was drawn to the human figure. Whether observing the foibles of modern living or the displacement of Aboriginal people's traditional lifestyles, her figurative works sought to expose human insensitivity. Jacqueline Hick: Born wise showcases many of Hick's finest works, and traces a life that, like her art, was imbued with wit, wisdom and empathy.