Joseph Hilton

Monique Knowlton Gallery

It is time to take a closer look at Joseph Hilton. Now, when figurative painting is the trend, this Baltimore - and - Washington - based artist provides an engaging alternative to the current neo-Expressionist fare. Throughout the ’70s and since, Hilton has cultivated a personal style that takes inspiration from pre-High Renaissance modes of rendering people and places. Its trademarks include deliberately, clumsily drawn anatomies, pictographic compositions, and abstract, shallow settings. For subjects Hilton rifles through art history and chooses grand mythological and religious themes, which, in his personal versions, allow him to pay homage to favorite artists such as Masaccio and Piero della Francesca. In many cases the figures are disguised portraits of people known to the artist.

Hilton’s methods are strikingly revealed in the series called “Embarkation for Cythera,” after the famous

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