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"Art occurs in the process. In my direct approach to painting, this process relies upon chaos and chance to provide many options for discoveries which lead to a greater possibility of presenting a more immediate, personal statement."
-Allan Hill

Allan Hill is an abstract painter who works with watermedia such as watercolor, gouache, and acrylic with collage. Color and surface quality are given the same importance as content, which is kept mysterious and elusive rather than referring to specific objects and places. Nature is his inspiration and his "jumping-off" point. He believes that the finished painting should have more questions than answers, and should cause the viewer to reflect, opening up a variety of interpretations.

Hill has extensive experience as a graphic designer, and his work can be seen in various private and public collections on the East C
oast and in the Midwest.

Education & Community

Education and Training
Diploma in Illustration, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1959

Teachers and Influences
Teachers that have influenced Hill include Isa Barnett, Larry Day, Albert Gold, W. Emerton Heitland, Paul Keene, Jane Piper, and Henry C. Pitz.

Artists that have influenced Hill include Paul Cezanne, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Paul Klee, Maxine Masterfield, and Jackson Pollock.

Scott Pfundt, Michael Wommack

Connection to Bucks County
Allan Hill has been a resident of Bucks County since 1954.

Solo & Group Exhibitions

Major Solo Exhibitions
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, 1993
Legacy Gallery, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1997
Toro Gallery, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, 2004

Major Group Exhibitions
The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993
National Watercolor Society 73rd Annual, Brea Cultural Center, Brea, California, 1993
Arizona Aqueous Eighth National Watermedia Exhibition, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona, 1993
Philadelphia Museum of Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Joy Berman Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, 1994
Society of Experimental Artists Third Annual, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 1994
Northlight Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1994
National Watercolor Society Signature Member Juried Exhibition, Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery, Torrance, California, 1995
Baltimore Watercolor Society Regional Exhibition, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1995
Northwest Watercolor Society 55th Annual, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington, 1995
The Lyrical, the Expressionistic and the Poetic, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, New York, 1996
Ashwell Gallery, Beverly, Massachusetts, 1996
Society of Watercolor Artists 15th Annual, Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, Texas, 1996
The Stage Gallery, New York, New York, 1997
Philadelphia Watercolor Club 96th Annual, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1997
The Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
Collage Artists of America, Brand Galleries, Glendale, California, 1999
Krasdale Galleries, New York, New York, 1999
Bold Expressions, Northern California Arts, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, California, 2000
Touchstone Gallery 2nd Annual National Exhibition, Washington, DC, 2000
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 100th Annual, The Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 2000
Philadelphia Watercolor Society 101st Annual, American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 2001
Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento California, 2001
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, 2002
International Society of Experimenta Artists, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, Indiana, 2002
Great Plains National, Moss-Throns Gallery, Hays, Kansas, 2002
Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri, 2003
International Society of Experimental Artists 12th Annual, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2003
Artsbridge National 9th Annual, Prallsville Mills, New Jersey, 2003
International Society of Experimental Artists 13th Annual, Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Fort Meyers, Florida, 2004
Baltimore Watercolor Society, Mid-Atlantic Regional, Strathmore Hall Arts Center, North Bethesda, Maryland, 2004
Editions Limited Galleries, Emeryville, California, 2004


Major Awards
Milton Edelman Award for Excellence, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, 1992
Dos Rhinos Photographic Award, Northwest Watercolor Society 55th Annual, 1995
Award of Excellence, Ashwell Gallery, 1996
Levering Gallery Award of Excellence, Philadelphia Watercolor Club 96th Annual, 1997
Award of Excellence, Northern California Arts, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 2000
Award of Excellence, Artsbridge National 9th Annual, 2003
Award of Excellence, International Society of Experimental Artists 12th Annual, Beverly Arts Center, 2003
Award of Excellence, Springfield Art Museum, 2003


Teaching and Professional Appointments
U.S. Army, Illustrator with the 5th Army Intelligence, Garrison Unit, Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, 1960-1962
Freelance Illustrator, 1962-1963
Graphic Designer and Technical Illustrator, Vector Manufacturing Company, 1963-1967
Graphic Designer, Goodway Inc., 1967-1971
Graphic Designer and Art Director, Mandala Inc., 1971-1989

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