PHOTO OF PETER MARS WITH ARICA HILTON TAKEN AT MARS GALLERY
Arica Hilton: Painter, Poet, and River North Gallerist
Originally posted on Hilton | Asmus Contemporary
With more than 25 years experience representing an international array of artists, Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is the partnership between veteran gallerist, artist and poet, Arica Hilton and German-born Sven Asmus.
Located in Chicago's River North Art District, the gallery specializes in modern and contemporary paintings, works on paper, fiber art, glass, sculpture and photography featuring Chicago-based emerging and established artists, as well as internationally known artists from Northern Europe and the Mediterranean Region such as Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Middle East.
Arica Hilton was born on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. As a young girl, she studied architecture and design and has worked as an art dealer, interior designer, poet and artist since 1985. Whether it is visual art through paintings or the poetic expressions of language and music, every aspect of Arica’s life is geared towards one form of art melding into another.
Much like the Luminists, the poetic art movement that captured light as it moved across the American Landscape, Hilton’s works are inspired by the European Romanticists, who depicted cools waterscapes reflecting nuanced skies. She uses that as a springboard, not necessarily concerning herself with traditional landscape. While her work continues to share a feeling of tranquility, calm, and the sense of light piercing a soft, hazy “sky,” she takes on a “Post Luminist” feeling as she refers to a more ubiquitous aspect of nature, reaching beyond the tangible earth, water, sky, to the star forming galaxies of the universe. Hilton’s paintings and installations are intricately woven with her poetry and three-dimensional materials, which transports them to the present while still capturing a timeless quality that is ever present in her works.
Hilton lives and works in Chicago. Until recently, she was the president of the board of the Poetry Center of Chicago and was voted one of the LIT 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2011 by New City. Her works have been featured in Fine Art Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago Social, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Huffington Post, Astronomy Magazine, Art World News, The Examiner, DNA INFO, Windy City Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times.
Among her most recent collaborations, Hilton curated the poetry aspect of "DIVINA NATURA," a sound and light installation at the Field Museum with Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli and “WORDS” at Northwestern University.
Her painting, "UNIVERSE, Life Unlimited" was the backdrop for MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS, a one-woman play at Theater Wit in Chicago by actress, Nora Dunn. According to Ms. Dunn, "Your painting became a character in my play." Her works are in major collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.