Thomas Hill is a British sculpture currently living in San Francisco. He primarily works in mild steel wire in various gauges, with additions of sheet steel, copper and brass. Recent works have included caved and painted wood. Although Hill conjures many animals, birds in particular are his favorite subject matter. Hill sees his work as a form of draftsmanship as much as sculpture saying that, “Drawing is always my starting point. I work in sketch book, preferably from life also from stuffed specimens or from photographs.” His intention is to create a three dimensional drawing that maintains the energy of a quick sketch. He explains, “I think of my work as illustrative. My work doesn’t have a strict narrative I am as concerned with conveying character and gesture as I am in describing form and texture. I’m not particularly interested in metal working techniques, the image is the important thing and the technique aspect is secondary.”
Thomas Hill studied at Ipswich School of Art and jewelry at Middlesex University, London. Hill became a fulltime artist after receiving a grant from the British Council in 1994. The Crafts Council of England promoted his work through the “Index of Selected Makers” which led to public and private commissions. He showed at the Crafts Council Gallery shops, at the Crafts Council and at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and took part in Chelsea Craft Fair a number of times establishing his position as part of the UK craft community.
His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Solo exhibitions include; the ARTspace at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA), and the De Morgan Centre, (London, UK) and the Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. His work can be found in corporate, public, and private collections. Notable commissions include projects for the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Tampa, FL), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London, UK), and the John Lewis Department Store (Southampton, UK). His work has been included in numerous publications such as Metalsmith magazine (US),CRART Magazine (South Korea), as well as Lark Books’ 500 Broches and 1000 Rings.