July 11 - August 5, 2005
Tucker Hill has been creating black and white monotypes of Virginia rural landscapes since 1985. His process is simple and direct: working on a light table, he paints and manipulates oil color on a sheet of clear acrylic plastic, inspired by a photograph of a nearby scene. The combination of light table and clear acrylic plate enables him to “see” how the density of the oil color will create the shadings of light and dark in the scene and contributes to the almost photographic quality of the resulting monotype.
When he is ready to print, he places a sheet of damp print paper on top of the inked plate and runs it through an etching press which forces the color into the paper. As the paper is peeled off the plate, most of the oil color is transferred to the paper creating a single, unrepeatable print known as a monotype.
Hill studied printmaking in the early 1980s at the Richmond Printmaking Workshop and set up his own studio in Richmond. When he found he was traveling farther and farther west in pursuit of print ideas, he “followed the monotypes” and in 1990, moved to Madison County at the foot of Old Rag Mountain.
He is a member of ONE/OFF, a group of professional mid-Atlantic printmakers who exhibit together in museums and galleries world-wide, and is an exhibiting member of The Middle Street Gallery, Washington, Virginia. From 2001-2003, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibited 30 of Hill’s monotypes as part of its Statewide Traveling Exhibitions Program. Regionally, his monotypes have appeared in The Chrysler Museum’s Irene Leach Memorial Exhibitions in 1990, 1994, and 1998 and were selected for several of the Maryland Federation of Art's annual Art on Paper national competitions in Annapolis. His work is in private collections from New York to Texas to California.
In addition, Tucker Hill has had a long career with history museums creating exhibits and publications and in the field of historic preservation as an architectural historian and administrator. He was Virginia’s State Historic Preservation Officer under Governors Godwin and Dalton.
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