Larry Hill

“Story Lines,” an exhibit of new paintings by abstract expressionist Larry Hill, will be on display from Oct.15-Nov. 12, at 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras Street, in the Downtown Arts District.

Artist reception will be held from 4-9 p.m. Oct. 15.

Hill helped establish Fresno Art Independent Group and was awarded first prize a number of times in the annual San Joaquin Valley Art Invitational. After being accepted into the Los Angeles Art Institute, he exhibited at the Martin Janis Gallery in Los Angeles and the famed Sidney Janis gallery in New York, along with Franz Kline, Willem DeKooning and Jackson Pollock. He was one of 25 California artists from California who participated in the Linz International Visual Art Exchange, and his last major show filled both galleries at the Fresno Art Museum and was the largest attended show at that time.

Hill believes that a painting must have an initial dramatic impact, a wake-up call to the viewer. At second glance, it should draw one in closer, include tantalizing nuances of drawing and “action” in the paint application. The painting succeeds when the viewer begins not to think of the artist, but to think of herself, of himself, and nothing else but their own experience in this sudden time and space ahead of them.