Introducing Martin Hill

Bridge in a Gill, Cumbria. Oil on board by Martin Hill (Dundee)

Oil on board painting by Martin Hill (Dundee) Bridge in a Gill (from the Norse ‘gil’ meaning steep sided ravine.) Painted when Martin Hill visited a quiet woodland gill in Gilcrux village, Cumbria. This gill, or ghyll, is home to a community of trees, plants and shy wildlife. The wooden footbridge in the painting is at the bottom of the gill and crosses Leathersgill Beck, the River Ellen is nearby. The River Ellen, which originates from surface water within the northern Lake District fells, flows north east to south west and into the Irish Sea at Maryport. It is supplemented by Gill Gooden, Threapland Gill, Flatts Beck, Salterwath Beck, Leathersgill Beck, Rose Gill, Bullclose Beck and Moor Gill.

Martin Hill, from Linlithgow near Edinburgh, is a full time artist and a Fine Art Graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, 2005 – 2009. In 2009 he was awarded the Barns-Graham Travel Award. In April 2010 he exhibited at The Mound, Edinburgh, as part of the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries Exhibition, where I first came across his work. In April of the same year, after a productive visit to Greece following the aforementioned award, he was invited to participate in the one-hundred and eighty fourth RSA Annual Exhibition, convened by Ian McCulloch RSA – also at The Mound, Edinburgh; and for the first time a curated exhibition of invited works on a particular theme.

His largely impasto oil on board paintings explore human and animal form, still life studies and landscapes. His inspiration is drawn from classical and modern allegory, his painting ‘The Two Travellers and A Bear’, which bought him to my attention, is inspired by Aesop’s fable of the same name. Today, Martin Hill exhibits throughout Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has already enjoyed several successful shows, notably at The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, and Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow. In his home town of Dundee he has a painting in both the private collection of the University of Dundee and Downfield South Church respectively. More recently, he has two paintings in the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture collection and two paintings in the RSA Open Exhibition.

Bridge in a Gill. Original oil on canvas board, (measuring 40.5 x 51 cm unframed) by Martin Hill. This painting has been professionally framed and is ready to hang. £750 plus shipping. Personal delivery is available for a small charge to cover my transport costs. It’s also possible to purchase this painting by interest free instalment payments. Any queries please telephone Debbie on 016973 21753 or text 07786 787880. Happy to help.