Featuring ancient mythological beings, anatomical drawings, dream imagery and religious iconography, Dan Hillier is known for working with composite images and 19th-century engravings to create captivating, mystical works, blending Surrealism and Neo-Victoriana.
In Aperture, two feathered women with blank eyes perhaps gargoyles, angels, or harpies surge forward in attitudes of supplication or prayer. Their bodies form a heart-shape, referencing the burning, sacred heart of Christ in religious paintings. This striking print collages and conflates Christian iconography and symbols of antique European power; gothic towers, sailing ships, Escher-like staircases and masonic eyes, in an eerie allegory.
This is a hand-pulled, signed and numbered silkscreen print from a limited edition of 100.
Size (cm): 75 x 75
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 100
Size (cm): 75 x 75
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About the artist
A blend of Surrealism and Neo-Victoriana, Dan Hillier’s unique aesthetic captures the essence of antique imagery with a modern edge. Featuring ancient mythological beings, anatomical drawings, dream imagery and religious iconography, Hillier’s work is an eccentric wonderland, a vision of reality at the fringes of reverie, with an uncanny life of its own.
His creative process involves sifting through material from Victorian books and sourcing illustrations from woodcuts and engravings. Led by whatever imagery he chances upon, Hillier follows his own associations and intuitions, creating collages from the found material, incorporating his own intricate ink drawings, and finally adding digital layers to bring these vintage assemblages up to date.Hillier has an impressive roster of commercial collaborations, having worked on: Royal Blood album covers; campaigns at the Globe Theatre; the Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton retrospective at The Louvre in Paris; and the opening credits for the 2018 BBC drama 'Requiem', to name a few.