Exhibition of exquisite cut and engraved glass sculpture by Scottish artist Eric Hilton.
Hilton is a skilled master at working glass to convey the aesthetic and philosophical issues that confront artists. His true passion is in the creative process in the molding, etching, cutting, sandblasting and the polishing of each work. His process is like painting, as he builds each piece gradually etching and cutting his detailed imagery and patterns over the whole surface. One can find the elements of life – earth, air, fire, and water in his work. “I am influenced by nature from which infinite information can be gleaned.”
Through reflection and refraction, lines he cuts with a copper wheel seem to travel from one surface to another, creating an imaginary landscape or map for the mind to travel. Hilton’s works have a touch of the magic of ancient times as well as the futuristic plans for places yet to be explored. Scotland has a rich history of tales and Eric Hilton is a great teller of them, both through his art and his wonderful sense of humor and deep appreciation for the mysteries of life.
Hilton arrived in the United States in 1971 and was an art consultant for Steuben Glass for over twenty years. Steuben Glass has been producing glassware from colorless, optical glass for more than one hundred years, and Hilton highlights the material’s purity in his mathematically precise sculptures. He is inspired by remote, hostile environments, and his work draws the viewer into a mysterious and seemingly infinite world of turbulent oceans, polar ice caps, and galaxies.
Eric Hilton received his MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. He has many years of teaching experience in the United States, England, and Scotland. Hilton has received many awards including both a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a grant for architectural research. His work is in numerous museum collections including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian American Art Museum as well as participating in museum exhibitions around the world. Architectural projects include sand sculpted screens in Rockefeller Center, Cornell University and Queens College.
Hilton’s newest body of work is a collaboration with software engineer James Allen. The series of works that have evolved, named Mysterium, releases a deep and exciting potential in the realms of related discovery. Allen developed custom software that generates ever changing imagery. Rhythms of forms move in synchronistic fashion orchestrating a serendipitous interplay within the sculpture. The visual story evolves never repeating itself as it invites the viewer on interpretive journeys of the imagination.