California native James Hill earned his degree in Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1987. For over 20 years James Hill has masterfully fashioned and fused metal, steel and bronze in service to his artistic vision, transforming the coolness of these materials into “living” dynamic forms. His bustling studio is near downtown Los Angeles.
In addition to many private collections, James Hill’s sculptures can be seen throughout Southern California as commissioned art installations including those by The Western University in Pomona, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo to name a few.
James Hill strives to reveal the essence of the figure and relationship between forms to convey universal emotions in which we can all identify. Steel, stainless steel and bronze are enduring, elemental materials which host these forms and relationships. In the process of uniting forms, he also considers the dynamic presence of the negative space arising between each individual form as a central component of each composition. He loves the raw color and feel of metal. The surface quality, richness, and texture is specific and generated through the incorporation of chemical patinas, oxidizers, and grinding tools. The amazing possibilities and stubborn resistance of metal illustrate the paradoxical nature of steel and make it the most expressive material for me as an artist.
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