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 Hilary L. Wagner  (1977 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: collage, painting

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The following information was submitted in May of 2006 by the artist:

I started my interest in art at the age of nine when my mother gave me a book of works by Andy Warhol.  The imagery and color had me hooked on a type of art I was not familiar with. 

Before attending college, I studied abroad for 6 months in Italy and then graduated the University of Kansas with a double major in Painting and Art History.  My biggest inspiration and reason I continued in art was my Advanced Drawing & Painting Professor, Roger Y. Shimomura.  His combination of the Japanese culture & Pop Art, was the most unique type of work I had been exposed to at that time and has influenced me more than any other living artist.

Right out of school, my first series of works were collages focusing on "retro" imagery of early Americana, such as Pin-up Girls, Lucky Strike Cigarettes and Cadillac Cars.  The first collages are purely visual, showing off the glamour and glitz of this era.  Later collages depict more of a dark story, bringing up visions of Raymond Chandler pulp fiction novels and bed-roomed eyed vixen's.

Later on I started combining Collage with traditional painting and script, specifically Japanese and Chinese.  Japan and China have such a fascination with American culture (as do we with them) I thought it would be interested to combine the two.  The first work I did with this combined a Chinese Dragon and Script with the American Boxer, Rocky Marciano.  Through this Painting/Collage I moved on to  pure painting in the same style, mixing more cultures together, such as Koi #1, which is a traditional Japanese Koi combined with an old German tongue-twister about a pheasant.  

Most recently I have started a series titled "American Icon".  There are no hidden meanings with this.  This is basically a tribute to the legends of America who make are country as rich and as colorful as it is.  Whether these "Icons" were good or bad influences on American life and times, we would not be the same without them.  Completed "Icon" paintings include, Rocky Marciano, Frank Sinatra (2), Johnny Cash & Tom Mix.  The latest additions are Al Capone, Slash and the infamous Romeo & Juliet of Punk, Sid (Vicious) & Nancy (Spungen).

Almost all my paintings are large and square, varying in size from 40 to 50 inches square.  All are on hand stretched canvas, using Acrylic paint.  Additional mediums include: paper, colored pencil, ink, glitter and gloss medium.

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