Steven A. Hill

artist biography







Hill has for many years produced realist or representative artwork in many traditional mediums, primarily oil painting, ink drawing and wood engraving.

After many years in industry as a commercial engraver and acid etcher, in 2017 he achieved a Bachelor of Visual Arts in the specialisation of Printmaking from the University of South Australia and his studies are ongoing. In 2017 he was awarded a University Merit Award for grades placing him in the top 15% of all students in the division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. In 2017 also, he was awarded the Ethel Barringer award for printmaking and was chosen for the 2018 Helpmann Academy graduate show.

His current inclination is toward metamodernism, utilising commercial materials and industrial techniques which he has adapted to printmaking. The crested pigeon drawings currently used in his work are a trope for the extended family of beings of which humanity is just a part. They signify consciousness, sentience and a shared condition and behaviour; the state of 'being'.

In his current etched works the quanta underlying 'being' are represented concurrently on the support by centrifugal and centripetal marks in a vortex produced using an electro-mechanical, part drawing, part painting technique.

The plates used for his prints have taken on added importance as works in themselves through the choice of mirror reflective 'trophy plate' anodised aluminium which is acid etched to multiple levels including all the way through in parts.

After the plate is used to produce prints, it is mounted on a box. The pierced areas are illuminated from behind to better represent electromagnetic forces. Through the mirror element the viewer becomes part of the work as they are implicated as fellow beings to the crested pigeons. They are reflected as they reflect.

Movement and light have been introduced to the work and the support becomes the fourth dimension so sought after by artists for generations, the driving force of energy or 'quanta'.

The Latin inscription on the box edge 'ars est verus; verum est fake' (art is real; reality is fake) alludes to the contemporary awareness of life experience or individual reality being a series of social constructs in which everybody sees reality as an individual subjective judgement based on their own cultural experience. From a quantum era perspective it alludes to the words of Carl Sagan who said "Atoms are mainly empty space. Matter is composed chiefly of nothing."


'Being' 2017. Printing plate. Etched 'trophy plate' anodised aluminium. Etched aluminium support frame and internal lighting. Ephemeral ink residue. 41cm x 59cm


'Bonding' 2017. Printing plate. Etched 'trophy plate' anodised aluminium. Etched aluminium support frame and internal lighting. Ephemeral ink residue. 41cm x 60cm