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 sculptures have been described as “a celebration of optimism that unite the elegance of the organic form with the structure of the modern world.” 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.
Hill’s career has been documented in many publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, American Style Magazine and on the Discovery Channel. His bustling studio near downtown Los Angeles is both a buzzing hive of creative energy and his business center, where he often consults with art collectors, consultants and dealers.
I strive to reveal the essence of the figure and relationship between forms to convey universal emotions with which we can all identify. Steel, stainless steel and bronze are enduring, elemental materials in which to host these forms and relationships. In the process of uniting forms, I also consider the dynamic presence of the negative space arising between each individual form as a central component of each composition. I love 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. Engaging with a material that is by nature cold, rigid and inflexible challenges my creativity and expands my understanding of the world. Through a process of cutting, forming, and welding, steel as a metaphor vividly expresses the human condition; we are challenged to be both flexible and durable, beautiful and formidable. 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.