Joshua Hill grew up in Athens, Georgia, but he has Gulf Coast roots. He began drawing at an early age- copying comics, comic books, and album covers. At the age of sixteen, he toured Italy’s exceptional towns and galleries. His passion for art was stirred by experiencing the amazing Italian art and architecture. This trip inspired him to begin creating his own works and seek a unique voice.
He studied many art masters but was heavily influenced by Van Gogh and Gauguin. The Fauvist Henri Matisse and Andre Durain also played a major role in his development. Joshua, a true painter at heart, has always focused on the process of creation and capturing color. “I like the creative process. I like having an idea and taking it from a concept in my mind to a completed art form.”
In 1995, while studying painting at Barton College in North Carolina, he began a business of decorative painting. He painted murals, children’s rooms, furniture, and faux finishes using a variety of techniques that satisfied his sense of design. This provided a way for him to keep a brush in his hand every day. He still maintains his studies of the latest paint trends and continues decorative and design work. “I am selftaught with a God given talent that I am blessed to use every day in a variety of ways and settings.”
Drawn back to the coastal regions in 1996, he found his home in Savannah; but has painted in Connecticut, New York, and all across the Southeastern United States. His latest paintings were inspired by Gerhard Richter and the Impressionists. His new motivation has been inspired by Richter’s “dragged” abstracted images and the Impressionist’s striving to capture color in the moment.
After 25 years as a faux painter and muralist, he has collected an excess of left over house paints from former projects. Joshua uses “leftover” house paints to create “FOLK IMPRESSIONISM,” which incorporates the drag technique by only using palette knives. “I’m trying to capture light and color ‘in the moment’ as Monet did and the emotion is inspired by the subject as Van Gogh did.”
“FOLK IMPRESSIONISM is my best voice to share how I see the world.”
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