Justine Hill









Born 1985, Tarrytown, NY. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Justine Hill’s work explores the boundaries of abstract painting with her unique approach to form and mark making. She styles her paintings on shaped wood panels wrapped in canvas. Hill began to work with this process in 2015 when she was questioning the circumscribed boundary of the single rectangle for a painting. The way Hill chooses to arrange the pieces, how the shapes relate to one another, and the negative spaces within and around them, are all essential to the work.

Hill received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from the College of the Holy Cross. Hill’s most recent solo exhibitions were Alternates at MAKI Gallery in Tokyo (2021), and Touch at Denny Dimin Gallery (2020). Hill’s other recent exhibitions include Fringe at Denny Dimin Gallery (2021), Fanfare at Fordham University’s Ildiko Butler Gallery (2020), Bookends at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver (2019), and Backdrops at Art-in-Buildings in New York (2019). In 2022, Hill was commissioned by the College of the Holy Cross for a monumental site-specific painting for their new Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Window. In 2019, she collaborated on a ballet duet titled Shapeshifters with choreographer Michelle Thompson Ulerich organized by Norte Maar in Brooklyn. Her work is in significant collections including The Davis Museum (Wellesley, MA) and The Columbus Metropolitan Library (Columbus, OH), among others. Her work has been reviewed or featured in The New York Times, Art in America, Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, and The Art Newspaper.

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Virtual Exhibitions:

Justine Hill
10.22.2019 - 03.31.2020
October 27, 2022 Outside Exhibitions

Justine Hill’s The Travelers commissioned by the College of the Holy Cross 

“The Travelers” is a large-scale work by Justine Hill, commissioned by the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of Holy Cross where Hill received her BA.

December 23, 2021 Press

“Fringe” in The New Yorker Year End Review

As the city reopened, the art world saw legacy-changing donations for the Met and the Brooklyn Museum, and a seismic shift in Tribeca’s gallery scene.

August 03, 2021 Events, Press

Fringe featured in Interior Design: “Highlights from ‘With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985′”

This very connection between the past and present prompted the Denny Dimin Gallery in Manhattan to organize the ongoing group exhibition, “Fringe.”

August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe reviewed in The New Yorker

A more intimate and entirely irresistible group show—cleverly titled “Fringe”—is on view at the Denny Dimin gallery through Aug. 20.

July 16, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in DART: “Pattern & Decoration: Now from Then”

“Many artists in Denny Dimin Gallery’s program have been significantly influenced by the movement…I also wanted to explore how some artists have complicated the gender identities of craft and how artists of diverse backgrounds have brought other important histories into their work, enriching the dialogue around the ideas of P & D.”

Read on DART.

April 14, 2021 Press

Justine Hill featured in Architectural Digest: “Inside This Upper East Side Pied-à-Terre, Every Detail Matters”

“The dining room didn’t have a lot of natural light—it’s kind of a gray box. So we said, let’s do neon,” Rockwell explains of the space…The artwork by Justine Hill pulls it all together.

October 16, 2020 Press

Justine Hill Reviewed in The New York Times

Justine Hill makes more with less in her multipart abstract paintings; Kevin Beasley mixes the political with the personal in “Reunion.”

Read on The New York Times.

October 07, 2020 Events

Justine Hill In Conversation with Dana Rodriguez

Join Justine Hill and art historian and catalog essay writer, Dana Rodriguez as they discuss Hill’s current exhibition “Touch.” Wednesday, October 14th, 6-7pm EDT.

September 23, 2020 Press

Justine Hill: Touch in Artnet News

Justine Hill’s New Show of Sculptural Paintings Is a Timely Homage to the Importance of Touch

Read on Artnet News.

June 25, 2020 Events

Video of Justine Hill @Cultured_Mag

Cultured Magazine invited Justine Hill to shoot a virtual studio visit of her new studio to preview work for her upcoming exhibition at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York this fall.

June 20, 2018 Artists, Press

Justine Hill: Freestanding Reviewed in Art and America

Hill exhibits an easy-seeming confidence, both in her exuberant facture and in her engagement with art history. Her work evokes that of Pierre Bonnard, Elizabeth Murray, Frank Stella, Pablo Picasso, Brice Marden, and various other predecessors, but manages to be wholly its own thing.

March 13, 2018 Events

Davis Museum at Wellesley College Acquires Work By Amanda Valdez and Justine Hill

International Women’s Day was observed when the Davis Museum of Art at Wellesley, one of the first colleges for women in the US, acquired two works from New York’s Denny Gallery, Drunkard’s Path, an embroidered and quilted piece by Amanda Valdez, and a new four-panel painting by Justine Hill called Figure, Ground, Background 2.

December 08, 2017 Press

Justine Hill Quoted on Elizabeth Murray in The Art Newspaper

For the younger painter Justine Hill, what stands out about Murray is the deliberateness of her style. “She’s able to make the cut-out shapes seem necessary, as if she didn’t need what was around them,” Hill says.

December 08, 2017 Press

Justine Hill mentioned as an influencee of Elizabeth Murray in Hyperallergic

The twisting and skewing of her [Elizabeth Murray] paintings would eventually introduce a three-dimensionality that opened a new space for painting. An important influence we can see in contemporary painters like Ruth Root and Justine Hill.

November 30, 2016 Art Fairs, Press

Artsy’s “13 Best Booths at UNTITLED, Miami Beach”

Tangles of abstract shapes by 30-year-old, Brooklyn-based artist Justine Hill dot two walls of Denny Gallery’s booth. Suggesting hybrids of Frank Stella and Elizabeth Murray, they embrace the history of abstraction—but sketched on the computer and brought back to canvas with a contemporary update.

Read on Artsy.

June 03, 2016 Press

Artsy includes Justine Hill in “15 New York Gallery Shows Where You’ll Find Exciting Young Artists This June”

Read on on Artsy “15 New York Gallery Shows Where You’ll Find Exciting Young Artists This June” Artsy Editorial by Casey Lesser, June 2, 2016 The young Brooklyn-based artist presents a new group of paintings made from sheets of plywood that she cuts into organic shapes and covers in canvas, from an ongoing series she’s dubbed “cut outs.” Hill’s approach to painting—layering lines, shapes, and swathes of color—is informed by traditions of collage as well as digital artmaking tools. Her works,…Read More

May 18, 2016 Press

Justine Hill in New York Magazine

Justine Hill’s Stella-esque works — animated, irregularly shaped canvases of sidewalk-chalk-colored shapes — actually comprise several panels carefully puzzled together. They’re human-scale works you can live with, given the perfect stage at this intimate gallery.

May 14, 2016 Press

Justine Hill interviewed on Two Coats of Paint

Read on Two Coats of Paint. Interview: Justine Hill in Bushwick By: Sharon Butler, May 13, 2016 I first saw Justine Hill’s paintings in “Metamodern,” a 2015 group show at Denny Gallery that explored the contemporary fusion of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Primitivism. Her shaped canvases seem to jump off the wall with their unexpected amalgamation of Modern abstraction, postmodern humor, and the uninhibited brio of old-school graffiti taggers. In a recent studio visit, Hill shared work that she’s making for her forthcoming…Read More

August 27, 2015 Press

Metamodern reviewed in Hyperallergic

Read on Hyperallergic Going Meta: Art after the Death of Art by Thomas Micchelli, August 22, 2015 Terminology is slippery, and using it as the premise for an exhibition can be slipperier still (witness the Museum of Modern Art’s recent stumble with “atemporality” in The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World). But the concept underlying Metamodern, a group show at Denny Gallery on the Lower East Side, actually holds the potential to enrich an already strong array of works…Read More

Justine Hill
"The Travelers" commissioned for the College of the Holy Cross
Justine Hill in Conversation with Dana Rodriguez
Zoom Talk about exhibition "Touch"
October 14, 2020
Justine Hill
Cultured Magazine
Justine Hill’s collaboration with Michelle Thompson Ulerich
Shapeshifters (excerpts)


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