- Modern Day Presidential
- Freedom of Information, 2014
- Keywords and Search Terms, 2014
- The Equation (study), 2017
- America Should Be Run As A Business, 2018
- Framing Makes All The Difference (1/3), 2018
- I Really Resonate With This One (1/3), 2018
- It is Not Really That Controversial, But It Does Command Attention, 2018
- It's Like A Window Into A Beautiful Emptiness, It Is Very Liberating,, 2018
- Just Look At That Texture! (1/3), 2018
- On The Subject Of The Female Form.... (1/3), 2018
- Please Let Me Know If You Have Any Questions About the Artist (1/3), 2018
- The Aboriginal Motif Really Draws You In, 2018
- The Best Art I Guarantee It (Edition 1), 2018
- The Best Art Trilogy, 2018
- The Stark Contrast Of Her Work Is Quite Compelling (1/3), 2018
- #Art #Love #Beautiful, 2019
- How Does He Do That? (1/3), 2019
- It's So Much Better In Person, 2019
- The Turbulent Style Captures My Emotion, 2019
- The Work Is Aesthetically Pleasing, But The Concept Is Pretentious AF (1/3), 2019
- This Is Clearly Derivative Work (1/3), 2019
- This One Has A Kind Of Vibrating Raw Energy, 2019
- Until Now, I Did Not Know That The Sublime Actually Could Be Illuminated , 2019
"In all of these images we are confronted with an
existential mystery, a life brilliantly present but only temporarily here."
Sol Hill attended Lewis & Clark College and recieved his MFA at the Brooks Institute. Based in Santa Barbara, CA, Hill has shown his work in solo exhibitions at Calumet Gallery, Los Angeles; Tool Room Gallery, Ventura CA; Theater D, Santa Ynez, CA; the University of Oregon Eugene; California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts, Gadsen, AL; and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA. His group exhibitions include Hampden Gallery, UMASS, Amherst; Walter Wickiser Gallery, NYC; Joyce Goldstein, Chatham NY; Gallery 825, Los Angeles; AES Power Plant, Redondo Beach, CA; Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA; Mill Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; and the WPGA Biennial International Exhibition, Buenos Aires, Chile.
"Hill deals repeatedly with modes of human perception and consciousness. In each series, he considers how a mind, dependent on limited senses and ensconced in a particular body, can nevertheless apprehend a reality far beyond itself... Each Hill subject is reduced to its timeless formal essentials, each somewhat flecked and blurred as though by an expressive painter."- Richard Vine
Sol Hill was born in Albuquerque, NM in 1971. Both his parents are artists, and they founded the first contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, which was his home base as a child. After his parents divorced, he lived all across the country. While majoring in international affairs and German at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, Hill was drawn to printmaking, and learned a variety of techniques. He studied for two years in Germany, and became deeply involved with photography. Hill returned to Santa Fe to found a company that designed and manufactured home furnishings. After a medical crisis, art became his new direction and he studied photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, receiving his MFA in 2010.
While in graduate school, Hill was faced with the dominant photographic aesthetic that insisted on the suppression of digital noise, or false exposure resulting from energy sources other than light. He took this prohibition as a challenge and started to make energy paintings, photographic images that emphasized, in the artist's words, "digital noise as a texture that transformed the literal to allow for an expression of the sublime." Growing out of this involvement, Hill created Sublime Noise, an on-going series of evocative images of men and women transfigured by the record of digital noise, their identities no longer stable or identifiable. A related series, Token Feminine, reflects upon our perception of reality, using female mannequins as the starting point. Employing digital noise and other effects, the original images becomes haunting presences, both real and simulacrums, that dematerialize before our eyes. They express Hill's critique of consumer culture and how it uses the idealized female image.
Hill has traveled widely, and has cited the importance of "the energy or soul of a place and how it affects people". He has pursued this in the series Urban Noise with the figure in architectural settings, and in Coastal, with images of the shoreline from a number of locations. Hill's Suspicious Privacy is a series that explores government surveillance of electronic communications. In all of Hill's work, direct experience and art's spiritual dimension are central, a reflection of the artist's intersecting interests in neuroscience and vision, abstract painting, and the work of Jackson Pollock, Andy Goldsworthy, Sabastião Salgado, and Thomas Ruff.
THE STORY-TELLERS curated by Anthony Haden-GuestSOL HILL, DEBORAH MASTERS, STEWART NACHMIAS, JOHN A.O'CONNOR & LOU TAVELLI 7 Feb - 31 Oct 2021This group show is truly post-Post-Modernist in that no glue of theory connects these five artists, there's no Ism budding here, just the felt awareness that each artist is drawing from a well of meaning, using storytelling as a scaffold for their work. From Lou Tavelli’s cave paintings to Sol...
Sol Hill: The Best Art Ever!1 Oct 2020 - 30 Jun 2021THE BEST ART EVER! is a guerrilla activist art project by artist Sol Hill aimed at resisting the orange agenda. This project is a fundraiser for organizations on the front line doing the hard work of the resistance. 100% of the 'sales' price of the originals are to be tax-deductible...
Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Exhibition Part IA Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Art by 11 Artists 1 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2021Cross Contemporary Partners launches a new virtual art exhibition space dedicated to digital representation of artwork on the internet. The Cross Contemporary Partners Inaugural Exhibition Part I presents eleven established artists whose distinguished careers span decades. The artists: Anne Hieronymus , Sol Hill , Kaethe Kauffman , Victoria Lowe ,...
2015, Lumina Journal Vol. 14, Bronxville, NY, 2015
2014, Urban Scenes, BLoW Photo Magazine Issue 10, Dublin, Ireland, 2014
2014, Tarley, Phil. The Intangible Qualities of Life. FABRIK Magazine Issue 23, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
2014, Hill, Sol. Signal from Noise, Blurb self published, 2014
2014, Modern Photographers, All About Photo.com, March 2014
2011, Stern, Katie. Photo 101 An Introduction to the Art of Photography. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cenage Learning, 2011
2011, Glenn Rand, Chris Broughton, Amanda Quintez-Fiedler. Capture: Digital Photography Essentials. Santa Barbara, CA: Rocky Nook, 2011
2010, Hill, Sol. Sublime Noise. MFA Culminating Document, Brooks Institute,
Sol HillDigital Arts Festival Interview with Sol Hill - produced by Center Stage Theater of Santa Barbara, CA September 3, 2020This show features artist Sol Hill. Sol grew up in the arts. His parents were artists and opened the first contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, NM. Sol wanted to major in Art in college but switched to International Affairs and German Studies at Lewis & Clark trying to “do something practical” as his parents wished. Later down the road, Sol dedicated himself to pursuing art full time. He earned an MFA in Photographic Arts at Brooks Institute and has been working full time as an artist since 2010. Sol's...