The Scholart Selection Presents LA-based Artist Charles Christopher Hill’s Solo Exhibition in the Heart of San Gabriel

Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2023) – The Scholart Selection, an art space located in the San Gabriel Mission District is delighted to present the solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed artist Charles Christopher Hill. The exhibition will be on view through Mar 26th, 2023. 

Even in the middle of a historical rainy weather a hundred influential art and cultural professionals from all over Los Angeles and nearby areas including Tony Ding, the mayor of the city of San Gabriel, attended the exhibition opening reception on February 25th, 2023.

This large-scale exhibition titled Objects of Contemplation, is also Hill’s very first time showing his artworks in Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles. Knowing that red symbolizes good luck in traditional Chinese culture, Hill wore a red scarf to attend this opening reception.

Charles Christopher Hill and Cindy Wang (Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao)

“I am honored to feature my artworks here today,” said Hill. “I hope these works bring joy and peace to the audience. After losing my wife in 2013, a powerful transformation took place within me as an artist; I seek out eternity through art. This exhibition is a look into this metamorphosis and all of its works created since then; it also allows for reflection on where I find myself currently regarding creativity and career growth.”

The exhibition features over 50 pieces of artwork created by Hill dating from 1985, delivering a range of Hill’s inspirations and material utilization through various stages of his artistic expression.

Charles Christopher Hill is a world-renowned artist who lives and works in Venice, California. For decades, Hill’s work has been widely exhibited at museums in California and around the world. His work has been featured in many prestigious museum collections, such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

From Left: Cindy Wang, Charles Christopher Hill, Tony Ding, Yiwei Lu (Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao)

“Arts and culture advance equity, bridge racial divides”, said Mayor Tony Ding.”Mr. Hill’s powerful artwork serves as a reminder that anyone can appreciate artwork, no matter their ethnic background – while pursuing dreams in this vibrant city!

“We hope that we can bring the artworks from the established American artists like Hill’s to Asian American Communities so that the people in the communities can also enjoy the art.”  Cindy Wang, the founder of The Scholart Selection, and also the founder of  “The Scholart,” a renowned Arts & Culture Podcast,  said: “Since its establishment, The Scholar Selection has became a leading center of art and cultural dialogue between the Asian and Western communities in Los Angeles. With American artists exchanging ideas with their local counterparts from San Gabriel, it allows them to discover art across cultures – creating a remarkable international artistic experience for all involved.”

Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao

“Mr. Hill’s career began in the 1970s and has captivated the art world ever since. He has contributed to bridging classic and modern aesthetics with his works. The exhibition showcases over 50 pieces that Hill created since 1985 – such a veritable feast! “ Yiwei Lu, the curator of this exhibition said, “ It is important to bring diverse voices into all communities, I hope to achieve this with Mr.Hill’s showcase here in San Gabriel which is an Asian American community.”

The patience the artist upheld to hand-tear paper and cohere the fragments layer by layer resonates with the remitting effort to burnish the gesso. Though we can see modern elements such as newspaper prints and hat shapes, the show still brought us to that early but genuine age. According to the artist, “my work builds on visual clues left by previous cultures; I like physical anthropology.” A palpable chronological string has revealed – the sophisticated backdrop is simplified into swathes of plain colors, while daily objects are condensed into sheer shapes surrounded by exposed raw surface edges. When the audiences start to trace the shapes and colors, they immerse themselves into the void as if the paintings serve as an entrance towards the cosmos. The minimalist portrayal on canvas brings up a fascinating contrast with the approaching finesse of Hill’s technique while echoing the Taoist idea – “the simplest is the most profound.”

Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao)

Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao

The exhibition will be open until March 26th, 2023.We look forward to welcoming you to The Scholart Selection Art Space in the city of San Gabriel.

To learn more about the exhibition and to schedule an appointment, please visit the link below.

Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao

Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao

Photo by © The Scholart Selection / Luna Hao