I work with pencil and paint on a rigid support (panel) in sizes ranging from 14" x 11" to 36" x 36". This is a continuation of a format I adopted six years ago. The painting process begins with a small mark. Working intuitively, more marks are created in response to the first. At a certain point, color is introduced in the form of a transparent wash or glaze. As subsequent layers of color are added the mark making is altered through addition and subtraction, as well as sometimes being "picked-out" in white. Though some seem monochromatic at first glance, upon closer inspection these paintings reveal a larger palette. I see my work as contemplative, as they require the viewer to spend time in order for the painting to "reveal" itself. Movement, often in itʼs most subtle form, vibration, shapes the work. The viewer is engaged optically, and hopefully then, these vibrations may create a deeper resonance.
Born in New York in 1949, Nils Hill received a BFA in Sculpture from Philadelphia College of Art in 1971, and an MFA in Sculpture in 1973 from Indiana University. By 1980 he was working exclusively in the medium of painting. Since that time his work as been exhibited in solo and group shows in spaces including, Noho Gallery, New York, N.Y., The Berkshire Art Museum, Pittsfield, MA, The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, N.Y, Pace University, Pleasantville, N.Y., Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan CT, The Studio Annex, New York, NY, The Arts Exchange, White Plains, N.Y., Gallery 128, New York, N.Y., and elsewhere in the United States. Mr. Hill lives in Croton on Hudson, NY and maintains a studio in Ossining, NY.