Something a little different. A recently completed commission based on the Greek myth of Atlas. Condemned by the Olympians for siding with the Titans who lost the war, he was sent to the western edge of the world to hold up the heavens for eternity. Over time the image of Atlas was misconstrued and people mistook the orb of celestial bodies to be the earth itself.
Oil on linen
Inspired by local folklore, I drew from the legend of Holgar Denske for this piece. As the legend goes, the Viking Knight sits in wait at his tomb for the day the Danish people need him again. He will then rise, defying the cloak of death to protect the people. Here he is flanked by ghost like figures of Viking warriors. Cutting the design in half, I also painted a radiating mesh of wolves that move from a prowl to a howl along the surface of the wall. Wolves historically have been part of the Danish culture and environment but over the last 200 years, very little have been seen of them until recently. Just in the last couple years, sightings have taken place that they are re-colonizing the northern parts of Denmark. Utilizing these stories, themes of resurgence, protection and conservation both of the environment and of culture emerge.
Another portion of my recent permanent installation completed in downtown nyc. Muybridge is a huge influence for me and seen by many as the godfather of film. Felt nice to place this in a theater. Thanks to @fatcapgraffiti for facilitating everything and to @annelaurefatcap for spending the long nights toiling away with me.
A section of a new permanent installation I worked on last week of Muybridge's galloping horse studies. Located in a new theater in downtown Nyc.
A new oil piece on view at @scopeartshow with @thinkspace_art. -'Dark Days'
Oil on panel
A detail teaser of my print dropping April 6th for @swoonhq 's charity foundation @theheliotropefoundation . Very excited to be included in this awesome lineup of artists curated by @bkstreetart
@icyandsot @faith47 @case_maclaim @abovestudio @vanessa_alice . Check back for detail about this release and pop up show.
Just received my plate that was part of the @urbannationberlin secret dinner! In anticipation of the first Street Art Museum, an extravagant dinner was hosted where each guest had a personal plate to match with a 100 different plates. Congrats to Yasha Young for all the hard work coming to fruition! 💐
Photo by my friend @nikakramer 👋🤗
Dropping 12pm PST today!! My piece for Pangeaseed's print series, Sea of Change. Head to shop.pangeaseed.co/. or hit the link in the bio to help support a very important cause.
_______________________________________________________ "Caught in the Net"
Giclee fine art print signed / numbered and hand embellished with hand deckle edges $100 plus shipping and handling
Created specifically for Pangeaseed, this piece by Li-Hill centers on the species of Blue Marlin to raise awareness of the plight marine life face. Caught in the Net is both literal and metaphorical as all ocean as well as terrestrial life seems to be caught in the crosshairs on humanity's explosive march 'forward'. Due to over consumption and pollution the oceans have never been so threatened as they are today. As the rock bed for life on this planet, the oceans are the lifeblood that course through our ecosystems and make our existence.
Putting some hand embellishing touches on the next @pangeaseed print! Drops tomorrow at 12pm pst
While I was in Cologne for the Blooom award, I got to catch up with the amazing people at Wide Walls @wdwlls , one of the best art publications around. Our short interview ended up with me blabbing for 30 min 😐. We touched on a bit of everything and it's not edited, so bare with me. Go have a listen...if ya feel like it :). Photo by my pal and fellow bloom award finalist @tadaocern. Search AaronLi-Hill on the wide walls website or hit the link in the bio.
It's been a while since I posted. The world seems a bit heavier since then. Sometimes I get asked why I create images of confrontation, clashes and aggression. What's happening now seems to sum that up for me. Lets try and be braver, kinder, empathetic and bold, to still stand up for what's right and not let the flame of our convictions in a just world be blown out.
The final piece for the @artfaircologne @blooomartshow . Massive thanks to the amazing team especially Manou, Hannah and Maribel. Created on site as a finalist in the Blooom Award. 📸 by the amazing @tadaocern 🙌
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Below is the write up accompanying the work:
Reacting to a world now ensconced in technology, Li-Hill attempts to decipher the nest we have built for ourselves. Finding bridges within many despairing parts of culture, he blends the lines between antiquity and modernity, abstract and representational, to create something wholly new. Emulating a frozen explosion or intense force, movement becomes the central idea conveyed, where one can lolyze the moments. Pulling from sources such as Eadweard Muybridge and Italian futurists, a scientific lens is applied to this sense of motion, yet through subtle allegory a critical view is expressed. References to Icarus and Narcissist can be seen in this work as a figure falls into a reflected pool. Our society’s infatuation, dependency and faith in technology becomes a cycle of self-perpetuating motion with an under current of cataclysm.