My work engages the complex intricacies of the human character by abstracting souls’, personalities, and characteristics revealed through portraits, figures, and pictorial forms. Informed by the character development in winemaking and the language of my drawing practice, I pursue imaginary images reflecting the layered complexities of the gustatory medium that parallel our innate framework. These interpretations are translated to paper and canvas by straddling a lyrical boundary between abstraction and figuration. Spontaneity and fluidity are essential in the making process while stewarding the psyche.
Toby Hill (b. San Francisco) is an artist based in Anderson Valley, California. He studied art at California College of the Arts, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree, and the School of Visual Arts in New York where he studied under New Yorker cartoonist Sam Gross. He has extensive experience as an architectural colorist and color plaster artisan in San Francisco, including projects at the Asian Art Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His current artistic practice has been informed, in part, by 15+ years of experience as a small-batch winemaker.
His work has been exhibited at Lansing Street Gallery (Mendocino, CA), Medium Gallery (Ukiah, CA), Phyllis Kind Gallery (New York, NY), and the Sculpture Center (New York, NY), among others, and is held in private collections throughout the country.
Lives in Philo, CA, with a Studio in Ukiah, CA.
California College of the Arts, BFA 1992
School of Visual Arts, NY 1983
2021 “Unveilings” Lansing Street Gallery, Mendocino, CA, Grand Opening, Solo Exhibition
2021 Medium Gallery, Ukiah, CA Group Exhibition
2019 “Ink and Iron” Phillips Hill Winery, Philo, CA, Solo Exhibition
1996-2000 “The Point” Open Studios, Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA
1998 Mural for office lobby, 100 California Street, San Francisco, CA SMWM Architects
1993 Live Work Storefront Exhibition, 451 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA
1992 "Mondo Materials," Group Exhibition developed by Steelcase Design
1988 "Art Against Aids," Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY. Group Exhibition
1988 “13 over 13” Sag Harbor, NY, Group Exhibition. Curated by Susan Rush. Review by Robert Long, East Hampton Star
1988 “13 over 13” Watermill Museum, Watermill NY, Group Exhibition. Curated by Susan Rush
1988 “Twenty Under Thirty” Wunsch Art Center Glen Cove, NY. Group Exhibition. Review by Karen Lipson, New York Times
1987 Sculpture Center Gallery, Small Works, New York, NY
1987 D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY
1886 Rubio Gallery, 463 West Street, NY, NY. Shared exhibit with Martin Rubio.
2005 – Current Winemaker, Phillips Hill Winery, Owner, Philo, CA
1997 – 2008 Architectural Colorist, Plaster Artisan, Stonehenge Studios Inc, Owner, Hunters Point Shipyard San Francisco, CA