A New Zealander who has lived in Abu Dhabi for 17 years, Bruce Hill has been exhibiting his work for over 30 years. During this time his work has developed into a distinctive intuitive expressive style.
Hill usually starts his compositions employing impasto effects and then uses his intuition to bring out motifs, shapes and colours to express meanings and emotions personal to him and hopefully of some meaning to the viewers of his work.
Hill has been a keen supporter of fine art in Abu Dhabi and has organized several exhibitions throughout the city. Bruce has lead four art groups in New Zealand and it was his initiative that set up the Abu Dhabi Art Squad. First in 1999 as an amateur grouping and again in 2008 as a group of professional artists. He is also a teacher with over 35 years of teaching experience. He has taught art in Al Ain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and was the senior art teacher at the German International School in Abu Dhabi from 2009 to 2014.
.From 2014 until late 2018 He lived in Madinat Zayed, a small city on the edge of the Empty Quarter, 160 kms south west of Abu Dhabi.
Bruce worked on developing a "round" painting philosophy with meditations on The Self as the centre of his art focus. The "Being" part of Human Being
This lead to his return to the round painting format he constructed in 1987 using canvas stretched over circular aluminium frames.
His last work in the UAE now in the possession of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Knowledge is titled "Light Behind the Eyes".
An impressive 2 m by 1.6 metre work LBTE explores the Human Being undivided, and division emerging over time and with involuntary subjection to the square based binary digital world. This world continues to divide the Self but the Self remains intact through and awareness stays established through pineal gland focus.
The sovereignty of the individual, under threat from this ever dividing square based world, is now represented in Bruce's work more clearly in his round formated heart strong paintings. Here the attributes of the round format dictate a boundary weak but strongly centred world in which to create. A world more in tune with the natural world on earth and in the cosmos.
Bruce paints exclusively in the round now mainly due to his four years contemplative living in the Arabian desert.