b. 1984, USA

Michael Hilsman Biography

Michael Hilsman's work integrates and expands upon the formats of classical painting, in particular the genres of portraiture and still life. Through incorporating elements at once ambiguous and curiously emblematic—plants, shells, and feathers, pieces of clothing, body parts—Hilsman has developed a visual vocabulary that oscillates between naturalism and expressionism.

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His paintings hint at the artistic exploration of the absurd, the latent spirituality of things, and the relationship between the physical and metaphysical. Often inscribed with words or titles on the picture plane, his compositions offer quasi—theatrical backdrops for objects and figures in states of dissolution and fragmentation, either on the brink of disappearance or formed anew.

Text courtesy Almine Rech

Michael Hilsman Featured Artworks

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Man With Cactus And Flame by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting
Michael Hilsman Man With Cactus And Flame, 2021 Oil on linen
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Figure With Flowers And Spoon by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Michael Hilsman Figure With Flowers And Spoon, 2021 Oil on linen
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Feet With Shell by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Michael Hilsman Feet With Shell, 2022 Oil on linen
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Shells, Lemon, Cigar, Matches by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Michael Hilsman Shells, Lemon, Cigar, Matches, 2021 Oil on linen
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Feet With Feather, Jar And Moon by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Michael Hilsman Feet With Feather, Jar And Moon, 2022 Oil on linen
182.8 x 127 cm
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Flowers, Shells, Hammer, Nails by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting
Michael Hilsman Flowers, Shells, Hammer, Nails, 2021 Oil on linen
27.9 x 35.6 cm
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Man In Landscape With Water by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting
Michael Hilsman Man In Landscape With Water, 2021 Oil on linen
147.3 x 223.5 cm
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Man On Bed by Michael Hilsman contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Michael Hilsman Man On Bed, 2021 Oil on linen
147.3 x 223.5 cm
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