My mission as an artist is to add something new to the language of art.
I’ve always heard that everything has previously been done but I don’t believe that. I believe if I keep creating, one day I will stumble upon a new style that will help push art forward.
I was once told… “don’t fall in love with one style.” Since then, I’ve made it a practice to continuously test out new art styles, ideas and processes as I create 2-D images using a mixed media array of materials.
Below is a quick list for all of collectors of my work so you know what art style you have from me and the year it was developed.
Bobby Hill (b.1973), is the NYC based visual artist whose career started as an illustrator. He began painting on canvas in 2008 after returning to the US from my 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 throughout NYC and several galleries in Europe. Throughout his career, he has sold countless artworks to various celebrity buyers. From 2010-2019, he produced a few of his own solo art exhibitions and promoted them by hiding $50,000 worth of art prints around the streets and trains of NYC and abroad.
A Michael Jackson Concert and Meeting Warhol
At the age of six, I attended a Michael Jackson concert at Madison Square Garden with a schoolmate and her mother. There was a strange looking guy with white hair sitting right in front of us who asked to take our picture. After he took the photo, I asked the girl’s mother who the guy was and she told me it was Andy Warhol. I then asked her what he did for a living and her answer was that I would find out when I got older. Years later I did some research, found out all about “The Factory” and how he used screen-printing to create his art. This chance encounter is what got me interested in the silkscreen process.
My first “piece of art” that I thought came out really good was a drawing of Snoopy that I made from looking at one of my pillowcases. I was somewhere around 9- 10 years old. I showed my mom the drawing and she said she loved it. This inspired me so much that I’m still creating art many years later. 🙂
Beginnings as an Illustrator
My art career began as a freelance illustrator for Slam basketball magazine and XXL hip hop magazine. It came at a time when I was working a stock job at FIT. Because of this opportunity I felt I can make a living off my art. A few months later I was “let go” from that job and the long journey of being a professional artist began.
Coca Cola and the Development of a New Style
After the Coca Cola commission in 2001, where I produced 100 original screenprints for their top executives on the east coast, I was able to take some time off and briefly make art for art’s sake. During this period I stopped drawing and begin to experiment with color by throwing it around on paper reminiscent of Jackson Pollock. This allowed me to first understand how color corresponds to one another and when I took it a step further and finally added images within it, I understood how various colors could make the same image feel entirely different.
Capital One Corporate Office NYC 2020
@BobbyHillArt- The Print Show NYC 2019
STELLAR NYC 2019
The Port Authority Art Installation 2017
James Hotel NYC 2016
Bhillboards Tour Mouche Gallery LA California 2013
Bhillboards Tour James Hotel Miami Beach 2012
Bhillboards Euro Tour Spring 2012
Bhillboards NYC 9/11/2010
112 Greene St - Work To Do Group Art Show, Soho NYC 2008
Momentos Solo Art show Seville Spain 2008
The Grey Worldwide Gallery NYC 2008
The Art Directors Club NYC 2008
Gen Art Splashlight Studios Art Show 2002
Max Fish LES NYC 2001
1 World Trade Center NYC 2020
Andersen Hotel Copenhagen 2014
The Source Magazine 2012
Mass Appeal Magazine 2002
Coca Cola 2001
XXL Magazine 2001
Slam Magazine 2001