Born in 1996 in London, Jack Hilton lives and works in Brighton, UK. His work revolves around fragments of literature, myths and history. Figures from Japanese folklore, Spanish explorers, cowboys and mythical animals are assembled to form strange and confusing narratives. Often a real historical episode is presented as a myth from the biblical drama, continuing the long tradition of history paintings. Subjects range from medieval French kings who believe they are made of glass to exiled Portuguese sailors. In the process, Jack Hilton seeks to give a new emotional resonance or comic dimension to these scenes.
He often works in a semi-abstract manner and when he uses figuration it is in a heraldic, patchwork fashion. Some works are more directly figurative and refer to older paintings.
After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in English Literature, he began painting professionally during the lockdown of 2020.Download artist'CV