Piece description from the artist
This painting is number eight in my rural American youth series. It is an exploration in both design and the throbbing and pulsating life in both the young child and his young uncle. I decided to take a somewhat naive approach to the handling of the material, ordering it in a rather flat design, and was very interested in exploring the weathered look of the old farmhouse, the disorientating perspective to animate the violent reaction of the toddler to being contained and caressed, as he bucked to be free to explore the world on his own. This artwork was created in studio from several shorter studies, and one longer study of both the child and young man.
Hilary J. England was born in Brooklyn, NY and has studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League of New York. She has since exhibited at various galleries in New York, Pennsylvania and across Europe, and is collected internationally. She currently resides and works in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Her past body of work explored the transition of contemporary youth into adulthood, and the spectrum of emotion and issues involved with that shift. “In the examination of this subject, I am addressing the effects of single parenthood and poverty on young adults and children in rural America. The teens/young adults in these paintings are all products of single parent families, and have struggled with the complications associated with that. They suffer from particular issues that are exclusive to them alone due to their circumstances, yet they also share universal ‘coming of age’ concerns that are common to all people and cultures. I use a bold palette, naïve approach to color, line, and skewed perspective to attempt to show the alienation and confusion between traditional childhood values we espouse as a society, and the new marginalized norm and divide they are actually experiencing.”
Current works and ongoing series explore the strength of the female form in its natural essences and the juxtaposition of nature, memories, the elements, and the Female form.