David Hilliard  (American, 1964) 

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David Hilliard (American, b.1964) is a Contemporary photographer known for his panoramic photographs. Hilliard was born in Lowell, MA, and received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art before going on to earn an MFA from Yale University.

His photographs are usually triptychs or larger compositions, using vibrantly colored subjects. Panel by panel, Hilliard shifts the focal plane of the subject in his photographs. These photographs can be viewed as singular pieces or as a series, much like a film. He often uses physical distance between subjects to illustrate emotional distance to the viewer. Hilliard draws upon his own tensions, fears, and conflicting emotions about his sexuality to deliver photographs that speak universally. He arranges his subjects so that one single photograph can represent the passage of time. One of his better-known works is the four-panel Susie Floating (2003), which depicts a woman floating on her back in a pond laden with lily pads. An earlier work, Man at the Mirror (1997), uses three panels to represent the act of walking into a bathroom and coming to grips with oneself in a mirror. Viewed separately, each of these panels speaks on its own. The two-panel work, So it Goes (2009), expresses the fear, pain, and immaturity of teen pregnancy.

Hilliard's work is represented in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He is often a visiting lecturer at schools, including Harvard University, the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film in Nashville, TN, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His works are available through the Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, MA, the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, NY, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, GA, and the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.

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David Hilliard, Ebb, from the series The Tale is True

 

David Hilliard
Ebb, from the series The Tale is True
Yancey Richardson
David Hilliard, Rosemary's Dock

 

David Hilliard
Rosemary's Dock
2003

DC Moore Gallery
David Hilliard, Trangressors

 

David Hilliard
Trangressors
2012

Carroll and Sons
David Hilliard, Ebb

 

David Hilliard
Ebb
2012

Carroll and Sons
David Hilliard, Eric Discerning

 

David Hilliard
Eric Discerning
2010

Carroll and Sons
David Hilliard, Game of Go

 

David Hilliard
Game of Go
2002

ClampArt
David Hilliard, Jesus in the Guest Room

 

David Hilliard
Jesus in the Guest Room
2009

Jackson Fine Art
David Hilliard, Louder

 

David Hilliard
Louder
2008

Jackson Fine Art
David Hilliard, Lather

 

David Hilliard
Lather
2010

Jackson Fine Art
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David Hilliard, The Braves, from There's Only Biography series (triptych)

 

David Hilliard
The Braves, from There's Only Biography series (triptych), 2003
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David Hilliard, The Spoils (diptych)

 

David Hilliard
The Spoils (diptych), 2002
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David Hilliard, Boys Tethered

 

David Hilliard
Boys Tethered, 2008
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1964   Born in Lowell, MA
1992   BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1994   MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1995   Fulbright Grant, Barcelona, Spain
1999   Artist Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
2001   John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, New York, NY
2002   Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2010   Artist in Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  Lives and works in Boston, MA
2013   The Tale is True, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France (solo)
2013   The Tale is True, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2012   Do or Die. The Human Condition in Painting and Photography, Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
2011   Remember Then: An Exhibition the Photography of Memory, Concourse Gallery Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2011   People Power Place: Reframing the American Landscape, Davidson College, Davidson, NC
2011   Masculinity and Rites of Passage: Photography of David Hilliard, The Groton School Groton, MA
2011   Becoming Muses, Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
2011   Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection, Museum of Fine Art Boston, Boston, MA
2011   Hero Worship, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
2011   Beautiful Vagabonds, Birds in Contemporary Photography, Video and Sound, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2011   Open: A 25th Anniversary Show, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA
2011   Great Expectations: David Hilliard & David Rathman, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA (solo)
2011   La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, France (solo)
2010   Do or Die, The Human Condition in Painting and Photography, The Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Foundation Corboud, Cologne, Germany
2010   Highway of Thought, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (solo)
2010   Tending to Doubt, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2009   Quality Pictures, Portland OR (solo)
2009   Being Like, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2009   Being Like, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2009   Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME (solo)
2009   Glitz & Grime: Photographs of Times Square, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2008   For Art’s Sake, Openhouse Gallery, New York, NY, a collaborative exhibition and silent auction with Ford Modeling Agency to raise awareness and funding for ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America)
2008   The Good Life, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2008   Presumed Innocence: Photographs of Children, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
2008   Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Verifier, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2007   Verifier, Quality Pictures, Portland, OR (solo)
2007   New/Now, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (solo)
2007   An Instinctive Eye, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
2007   Window/Interface, The Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2007   David Hilliard and Sam Taylor Wood, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2007   Building a Collection: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA
2007   Saturate, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2006   The Favorite, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2006   Arcadia, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2006   I Love the Burbs, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
2006   Approaches to Narrative, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture, Lincoln, MA
2006   Charles Cowles Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
2005   University of Georgia, Athens, GA
2005   Desired Effect, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Ladies, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
2005   Taking Inventory: Transformation Through Compilation, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005   Photographers View: Found and Invented Constructs, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
2005   Embellish, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2005   Embellish, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2005   New Works, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2004   LA Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany
2004   There’s Only Biography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY
2003   There’s Only Biography, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2003   Galerie Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2003   Catch and Release, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003   David Hilliard, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO (solo)
2003   Asheville Art Museum, Self and Soul: The Architecture of Intimacy, Asheville, NC
2003   Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography, Yale Photography Exhibition, curated by David Hilliard, Kansas City, MO
2002   Blue Sky Gallery, David Hilliard and Jessica Todd Harper, Oregon Center for the Photgraphic Arts, Inc., Portland, OR
2002   Blue Sky Gallery, David Hilliard, Seattle, WA (solo)
2002   Arthur Roger Gallery, New Works, New Orleans, LA, September. (solo)
2002   Jackson Fine Art, Catch & Release, Atlanta GA (solo)
2002   Mark Moore Gallery, Catch & Release, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2001   Bernard Toale Gallery, Making Boys Cry, Boston, MA (solo)
2001   Jackson Fine Art, Fresh, Atlanta, GA
2001   Massachusetts College of Art, Blindspot Exhibition, Boston MA
2001   Traveling to The Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City
2000   Mark Moore Gallery, New Works: Mark Bennett, David Hilliard, Ken Kelly, Santa Monica, CA
2000   Bernard Toale Gallery, Something About the Girl, Boston, MA
2000   Gallery Rekalde, 7x7x7, Bilbao, Spain
2000   Parts Gallery, Six to See, Minneapolis, MN
2000   Fuller Museum of Art, Face Off, Brockton, MA
2000   Howard Yezerski Gallery, Fiction / Non Fiction, Boston, MA
2000   Bernard Toale Gallery, Photographs of Endurance, Boston MA (solo)
2000   Mark Moore Gallery, New Photographs, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
1999   The Center of Photography, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
1999   The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)
1999   DeCordova Museum, New Work-New England: David Hilliard, Lincoln, MA (solo)
1998   University of Salamanca, Main Gallery, Salamanca, Spain (solo)
1998   The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)
1998   Bernard Toale Gallery,Dad, Boston, MA (solo)
1998   Gallery Canal de Isabel II, Portraits of the Everyday, Madrid, Spain
1997   Gallery Metronom, Fragments, Barcelona, Spain
1997   Gallery Canal de Isabel II, The Album, When The Look Caresses, Madrid, Spain
1997   Gallery Railowsky, Valencia, Spain (solo)
1997   Gallery Espai Fotografic Can Baste, Life in Progress, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
1995   Mckinney Arts Center, Exhibition for Blind Spot Magazine, Dallas, TX
1995   White Columns Gallery, Verisimilitude and Utility of Doubt, New York, NY
  Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Portland Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY