George Hill Wall Art

George Hill (Born in 1898) was born in Munising, Michigan. He was best known as a muralist. Hill was a sculptor and painter who based in the United States. In 1946, he founded the Hill School of Art in St. Petersburg. Hill lived in St. Petersburg, Florida until his death in 1969. He studied architecture and naval engineering from 1917 until 1918 at Lehigh University. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1923 from Syracuse University, but before then, he met Polly Knipp Hill, an etcher who later became his wife. They both studied in Paris together in the 1920s and that’s where they got married.

He attended the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and the Acadamie Colarossi when he went to Paris on a Fellowship; and he also had a studio in the city. From 1923 until 1929, Hill’s art was shown at the Salon des Artistes Francaise, and in 1924 he had a solo exhibition at Simonson Galleries in Paris. In the same year he also exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, England. In 1929 he went home to the United States and worked as a portraitist in New York City and established a studio in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1932. He developed a unique style that can only be compared to those of to regionalists Grant Wood John and Steuart Curry, as well as to that of a New Deal muralist, Thomas Hart Benton. Hill's scenes include action and his figures are elongated, just like those in the Mannerist style.

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