As native Louisvillians, Christopher and Cathleen Hill both studied art at the University of Louisville, focusing respectively on illustration and printmaking. Both Christopher’s mother and father were artists who operated Art Accents Center creating original painted statues and sculptures. Chris worked along with family members and learned the three dimensional painting techniques which he uses in his work today. He also worked for a frame shop where he met Cathleen and together they mastered framing.
Christopher began creating his unusual sculptural paintings by combining the skills of all his former art jobs. Utilizing re-cycled acid free illustration and matt boards, he draws directly onto board and uses a hand cutter which allows him to cut out unusual shapes. He joins multiple layers of board together with textured mediums and double sided tape. The painting is all done by hand with colors gradient painted from light to dark using a variety of acrylic and water based paints as well as Prisma Color pencils.
Chris’ interest in astrology and science fiction allows him to portray amazing night skies – with precisely painted planets, stars and the moon. His interest in texture is the result of “seeing an exhibition of original paintings by Van Gogh.” With Cathleen’s printmaking and framing skill, they together create fascinating images.
Works by Christopher and Cathleen Hill can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.