Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, James Christopher Hill, has gained international notoriety for his paintings and designs by his collectors and fans. His interest ranges from academic realism painting in his landscapes and skyscapes that is filled with vibrant color, swift movement and radiant energy in a contemporary stylistic language. His work explores the use of color and rhythm to create powerful, sweeping images that seek to provoke a particular mood or emotion by capturing an exact moment or memory in time that is meaningful to both him and the viewer. James has been developing a growing number of private and commercial collectors throughout the world. His work has been profiled on various articles, magazines and television shows. Still, James works every day to try to expand his knowledge and his talents through the study of the great masters of art throughout the ages.
As a professional artist in his early twenties including owning his own art gallery in downtown Charleston, James decided to acquire formal training at the prestigious Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. In 1998, he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation; a field that while at Ringling, focused mainly on the understanding and discipline of master drawing and painting skills. His senior thesis entitled "Jataka" won Ringling their first Oscar in the category of Best Student Computer Animation in 1998 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which was the first OSCAR for Ringling. After Pixar, Disney and ILM, told im he was a natural painter. In 1999, James returned to the discipline of fine art and his work has been shown in numerous galleries including having had two successful gallery shows in Manhattan. He has won numerous awards in both fine art and computer animation including the AVA, Telly and the Aurora. In 2007, he created and published his first art book entitled Skyscapes and Landscapes.
James' latest works since 2007 found him returning to his childhood passion of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gothic Horror and even Steampunk (Victorian Science Fiction) genres. His newest paintings and designs focus on many various subjects including paintings of old abandoned houses, haunted mansions, ghosts, ancient castles and ruins to eerie cemeteries of the ethereal world as homage to the brilliant cinematography of the classic horror films. James is also currently creating complex industrial designs and paintings that cover everything from vast, Utopic cities of the future and starships to fantasy creatures, ancient battles, people immersed in various environments. Since 2013, James has also created 14 book covers, 2 album covers after starting his journey into the illustration world where his art has been collected by thousands around the world. James has shown his latest works as an exhibitor at many Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions including DragonCon, Megacon, Heroes Con, ConCarolinas, SuperCon in Miami, Steampunk Conventions such as Anachrocon and ConTemporal, Upstate and Gaslight steampunk convention where he was the featured artist for the show in 2012 show . In 2013, He was chosen to created an official city mural of the history of the City itself on a 50 'x 120' book. His art was recently given the honor of one of his cities being no 2 of the top 100 future and inspirational cities of the future from a Hong Kong and Singapore.
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