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Amy Hill
"Two Girls, Dog and Bicycle" contemporary oil portrait in early American style

2020

$5,750

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29"x32" oil on canvas, signed on reverse. Framed dimensions: 30.25"x33.25"x 1.75" This contemporary portrait of two young girls references an Early American style of painting, yet includes current styles and branding such as 'Barbie" . The two girls hold hands with they younger dressed in western style, with stars on her boots and a sheriff's badge that says 'boss", complete with a red bandana and a cowboy hat. A stylized dog stands with the girls, and a bright shiny red bicycle sits to the right of the composition. The mid-ground is a park-like setting with lush green bushes and grass, while the city skyline in the background seems to rise from beneath the clouds. This oil painting is created using the traditional oil glazing technique and is a new piece in Amy Hill's most recent series “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. In this newest body of work, Hill counterposes contemporary subject matter with early American aesthetics. She draws inspiration from the highly illustrative early American painters who depicted mostly children using simple lines, sharply defined forms and carefully formed compositions. Like her predecessors she gives an equal level of attention to all areas of the canvas and leaves an absence of expressive brushwork, thereby retaining the naïveté and hand-made quality of the works. She then adds opposing contemporary references that serve to reflect where the world is heading. The flattened perspective and strong use of pattern further add to her reference to American folk art, with each figure earnestly posed in the foreground of a distorted picture plane. The figures gaze intensely at the viewer, creating an attraction and connection to their worlds. These worlds depict both natural and manufactured elements that question the merits of a modern life infused with technology. Hill asks if we are sacrificing starry skies and green fields with fresh air for unnatural city life in a modernized world that lures and seduces us with cutting-edge gadgets and the empty promises of corporations for security and happiness. She visualizes the push and pull between nature and technology, and feels a perpetual challenge to find a balance between the two. Amy Hill is a New York based artist who received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has received grants from the Peter S. Reed Foundation and Art Matters, a studio grant from the Elizabeth Foundation and nominations for the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also received a Purchase Award from West Publishing Company and a Juror Award from the NYU Small Works Show. Hill has exhibited both nationally and Internationally. Her work has been extensively reviewed in such publications as Harper’s Magazine, Artnet Magazine and the New York Times.

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  • Creation Year
    2020
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 29 in. (73.66 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU6926812182

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