The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

NICHOLAS HILL

Dresden Fire, 2000.
Carbonundum Aquatint.
Image: 11-1/2" x 15". Sheet: 15" x 19-1/2".

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Hill is professor and chairperson of the art department of Otterbein College located in Westerville, Ohio. He received his BFA at Michigan State University and his MA and MFA at the University of Iowa. In addition to being an Iowa type - he also teaches with ex - UWL art history type, Amy Johnson.

18 comments:

Meagan said...

Hill's work is amazing. I really love Die Brucke II. It almost reminds me of an impressionist style. I love the choice of color on that one too!

DaniL said...

I wonder if Vonnegut knew Hill's work (the whole Dresden thing). I agree with meagan that these look impressionist. What the hell is carbonundum? Is that a kind of metal or something? I was looking and I couldn't find anything about it.

Bethany said...

I love all the Die Brucke prints. It's awesome how different they all are, yet still very similar.

I can't wait to work with color.

Jillian said...

Die Brücke VII reminds me of early morning. Most of the prints have this watercolor look that simulates different qualities of light.

Nicholas Hill is hard to Google. There are a lot of them, apparently.

Lisa said...

Hill's haunting and provocative silhouettes seem to exist somewhere between dreams and remembered places. Although I haven't been to Dresden or Die Bruke...his prints capture an essence of what the places are like. Kind of like visiting them in dreams or being astro-projected there by him for a specific shared experience. Really impressive work.

kirky b said...

If you go to "exhibitions", the Christopher Schneberger set called A Case of Levitation is very interesting

Equally Glorious said...

Dresden Fire reminds me of Mark Rothko with the red and black -- Mark Rothko does the blocks of color and I really enjoy his work --- for some reason this jumped out at me --- I really enjoy Hill's work

libbyhansen said...

Nicholas Hill has this great ability to create a dreamlike image, as Lisa had said. I appreciate his patience with working the same plate with many variations (color, placement, etc.). We all know how frustrating it is to work on the same plate over and over.

I enjoy his works titled "February I, II, III". The use of his oranges and reds to represent February lead me to believe that it is not actually about the month, but maybe what that month meant for him. I found some more images at this site, check it out: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/Events/GovAwards/Awards/2005/artist/artwork.asp

kirky b said...

i think we had some damn good energy in the shop today :)

ellen said...

these are some really interesting prints. i absolutely love some of the colors.

Keriann said...

They are all wonderful! I really like the colors inDie Brücke II. I definitely agree that it seems impressionistic!

dyelsew30 said...

i dig the impressionistic style for the subject matter in the Die Brucke series

mao said...

I agree with meagan, I love Die Brucke II and I also love Dresden Fire, but everything else is amazing as well. These are like frozen scenes from a movie.

Liv Radke said...

I loved Hill's variation of color. Many of the bridges looked similar yet each one had such a different feel to them. I also liked his detail work on the building with the dome. Very simple and effective. I am loving all of this German, I feel like learning all of that hasn't been a waste of 16 credits!

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stepho said...

this print looks like a quick outline of the whole picture. I really like it because it doesnt have the viewer look at the little detail it really makes them look at the beauty of the whole picture of the structure against the sunset. i really like it

Mallory_Heesch said...

His Die Brücke prints are really cool, I especially like VII. Dresden Fire is also a favorite. I cant wait to incorporate color into intaglio :)

chels said...

Hill's elbe crossing work reminds me alot of Monet's waterloo bridge painting, except a night view of the same place. I definitally see the impressionism, and light focus. very nice!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the impressionism aspect but I also like the idea that there isn't detail and his images focus on the color and the shape of the objects that don't distract the viewer from the emotions of the work.