I started my hand painted screenprint style back in 2001 a couple of months after
the World Trade Center went down. My first style was black and white pen and ink
drawings on paper. I became bored of that style so I started messing around with
throwing color around which was reminiscent of Jackson Pollock. These works have
now become how I practice and stay sharp for times when I create larger works on
canvas and wood. In essence, they have become my "studies."
Each piece is individually screen printed and hand painted. Take notice of the
colors rather than the image, even though that might be difficult to do sometimes.
The colors represent what's going on in my life at any given moment and they also
affect each image differently. For the most part, the images are a mix of pop
culture icons, buildings, and items. Many are chosen just because I like them,
while others come about as a result of suggestions from people.
The materials used are screen print ink, acrylic paint and sometimes oil based
paint on archival paper. I use photographic images as the basis for the art,
but I would sometimes draw directly on the acetate before I burn the screens to
bring out parts of the images I felt were important.
One of the main reasons I like creating these mixed media screenprints is because
each one comes out different and no two are exactly alike. As a result of the
variety of images, colors, sizes and accessible prices you can easily mix and
match your favorites and essentially create your own wall with them.
- Bobby Hill
(b. 1973), is the New York based visual artist whose career started as an
illustrator. He began painting on canvas in 2008 after returning to the US
from his first trip overseas.
His work has been commissioned by Coca Cola, Nike, XXL Magazine, Slam
Magazine, The Source Magazine and The James Luxury Hotels. He has also
been featured in Mass Appeal Magazine, Gen Art, Max Fish, The Grey Worldwide
Gallery, The Art Directors Club, a number of events in Chelsea, Soho,
Williamsburg, Bushwick NYC and several galleries in Europe. He briefly
founded his own brand of bOB hiLL t-shirts and has sold countless artworks
to various celebrity buyers.
In 2010, Bobby Hill produced his first art event and promoted it by hiding
$50,000 worth of art prints around the streets and trains of NYC.
Since then, he toured Europe in Spring 2012 (Barcelona, Copenhagen and
Freiburg Germany), was the featured artist at The James Royal Palm Hotel
in South Beach during Art Basel Miami 2012, sold out print editions on
1xrun.com and did two art events in Beverly Hills during Oscar week 2013.
In addition, he collaborated with the home décor store CB2 for a limited
edition print release, which also sold out.
Currently, Bobby Hill is expanding his line of mixed media screenprints
on paper to stores throughout the world as well as continuing to paint
large scale on canvas and wood.