Urban View

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The Bridge, 2007 Oil On Linen 54 X 54 In © Courtesy of Angles Gallery
Urban View

2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
January 12th, 2008 - February 16th, 2008

Closed since January 31st 2015

Tommy Hilding’s paintings (oil canvas) are deeply influenced by global media.  Although the artist resides in one of the far reaches of the northern hemisphere (he is a native Swede), like most of us he is connected to the global world through Television and the World Wide Web.  The issues of the moment – the environment, urban sprawl, the economy – are experienced by each of us in a similar way, if not simultaneously.  This juxtaposition of the global and the local can be illustrated by the dichotomies of the private and the universal.  Hilding’s paintings strive to reconcile our blindness to everyday situations and experiences, drawing our attention back to that from which we often shield ourselves.  The images present the viewer with autonomous environments, a kind of literal and emotional No Man’s Land.

The artist combines and collides opposites in the same picture, in an effort to make the viewer more attentive to what they see – figuration and abstraction; urban and bucolic; nature and culture; and what the artist calls “deep and surface.”  He does not try to address existential subjects, but quietly poses questions like “What kind of life do we live?  How do we treat one another?  What are our common ideals?”  Images often devoid of figures nonetheless address life and the living – taking the position of the artist as participant observer.  Although the works often take as appoint of departure video/film media and photography, the artist works painstakingly to produce compositions that maintain a delicate balance between focus and blur.  Although often compared to Gerhard Richter, Hilding is inspired by the 19th century tradition of landscape painting indigenous to his homeland.  The affect of European Romanticism and Realism on the depiction of the epic northern landscapes left a rich history of works that captured both the pleasure and the melancholy of the short summer twilights and blue-tinted winters of Sweden.  This quality, blended with a wry contemporary painting style, imbues the works with a timeless historical depth quivering beneath the surface of urgent modern ideas.

Tommy Hilding has been showing internationally since 1980.  Major European and US venues include: Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm; Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Atlanta; Konstallen, Oskarshamn, Sweden; and the Embassy of Sweden, Washington, DC.  Works have been on view at Frieze Art Fair, London, and The Armory Show, New York City.  Tommy lives with is partner in Stockholm, Sweden.

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