Adrian Hill

Adrian Hill  PPROI  RBA  RI  1895–1977
A British artist, author, pioneering Art Therapist,
educator and broadcaster. He wrote many best-
selling books about painting and drawing, and
in the1950s and early 1960s presented a BBC
television program called Sketch Club.
Born at Charltom, Kent. He studied at St.John’s
Wood School of Art 1912-14, then at the Royal
College of Art 1919-20. He was an official war
artist during WWI producing outstanding pictures
from the front line, now in the Imperial War
Museum collection. Exhibited widely including
RA, RBA, NEAC, RHA and ROI, in the provinces
and overseas including Paris Salon.
In 1938, while convalescing from tuberculosis at
the King Edward VII Sanatorium in Midhurst, he
passed the time by drawing nearby objects from
his hospital bed, and found the process helpful
in aiding his own recovery.
In 1939, "Occupational Therapy" was introduced
to the sanitorium for the first time and Hill was
invited to teach drawing and painting to other
patients - first injured soldiers returning from the
war, and then general civilian patients. Hill found
that the practice of Art seemed to help to take the
patient's mind off their illness or injuries and to
release their mental distress.
Hill believed that art appreciation also aided
recovery from illness and was involved, with the
British Red Cross Society, in setting up a scheme
whereby reproductions of famous artists' works
were lent to hospital wards all over the country,
speakers were also engaged, including Hill
himself - to talk to patients about art.
Hill apparently coined the term "Art therapy" in
1942, and in 1945 published his ideas in the
book "Art Versus Illness"
This is an Oil painting on stretched canvas in
his impressionist style signed lower right and
dated 1938 on the back. In a 90mm polished
pine frame with inner gold slip.
Image size 590x483

Price: £460.00
Artist : 
Adrian Hill
SKU: N04986