Contemporary artist Dan Hillier trawls through scraps of Victoriana - from wood cuts to etchings, engravings to anatomical drawings - layering pieces from the past in a digital collage process to produce an aesthetic which blends Surrealism and Neo-Victoriana.
Cellar Door depicts a cut-out image of an Edwardian gentleman posing for the camera. Yet Hillier upsets the traditional portrait with an eerie twist, as the outline of the sitter's form contains a dark garden, and an Escher-like set of stairways where the silhouetted figures of a woman and child encounter a half-stag half-child in a fragmented, dreamy scene.
Rendered in monochrome, with the sketchy quality of an antique etching, Hillier's Cellar Door is both beautiful and haunting.
This is a hand-pulled, signed and numbered silkscreen print from a limited edition of 100.
Size (cm): 57 x 76
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 100
Size (cm): 57 x 76
Image Size (cm): 55 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.