Modern Day Presidential

"In all of these images we are confronted with an
existential mystery, a life brilliantly present but only temporarily here."
John Mendelsohn

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 FeThe 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.



2019, Montecito Journal, Vol 12, Summer/Fall, Montecito, CA, 2019,

2016, Silvershotz Magazine, Vol 10, May, Queensland, Australia, 2016

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, 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,

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