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.
“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. The artist is known for her free form segmented works where her organically cut shapes are covered in canvas, then collaged with different media such as paint, pencil and crayon.
“The Travelers” is the inaugural project in the Cantor Window of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery in the new Prior Performing Arts Center at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and will be on view from September 2022 to June 2023.
Conversation about Justine Hill: Touch at Denny Dimin Gallery in 2020.
Dana Rodriguez is a recent graduate from the Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program at Columbia University. Previously, she received a BA in Art History and a BS in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an emerging curator and writer, she has worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, North Carolina Museum of Art, Ackland Art Museum, and with various art advisory firms.
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Colorful, shapely, and brash, the abstract paintings of artist Justine Hill (@jteenhill) share similarities with sculpture. Though Hill also works on traditional rectangular canvases, her "Cut Outs" are made of hand-stretched canvas-covered plywood shapes, painted, printed and/or marked, and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle (sometimes one who's lost some pieces under the sofa). They can be read via the forms themselves and in the white space between them. At her new studio in Brooklyn, NY, the artist gave @cultured_mag a peek into her process and a preview of her latest body of work, on view @dennydimingallery this fall, which imagines ancient architecture and landscape painting in contemporary space. #IGTV
Created for CounterPointe7
Organized by Norte Maar
Length: 7 minutes 20 seconds
Performed at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, April 26th, 27th and 28th, 2019
Choreography: Michelle Thompson Ulerich
Art/Design: Justine Hill
Performers: Andy Zhao and Catherine Gurr
Music: Colin Rose