Magic Hour is the time prior to dusk… the surreal colour has the power to transcend reality. It sparks curiosity and expands the possibilities of our imaginations. Moments later it fades, darkening with the night sky, drawing viewers back into the folds of reality.
The sun hovers in the sky and the colour quickly transforms the landscape into a surreal environment full of raw beauty and majesty.
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The American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, told his protégée, James Hill, that the young illustrator captured his generation just as Rockwell had done himself in the 1930s and 40s. Hill’s work has included covers for Maclean’s, The Saturday Evening Post, The Ladies Home Journal and Redbook Magazine, as well as advertising campaigns for Heinz, Imperial Oil and Chargex. Hill painted these late works in the 1990s, drawing from the tradition of the American illustrators N.C. Wyeth and Maxwell Parish, as well as the Group of Seven. Wild, mysterious and untamed, Hill’s paintings are majestic studies of the Northern landscape. The exhibit also covers works by artists Philip Sybal, Peter Fischer and Myles MacDonald.