Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 17: Jonah and Gregory Hill

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 17: Jonah and Gregory Hill!!

Jonah and Gregory will be in our gallery on Saturday, June 8th from 12 pm until 5 pm.

The Hill brothers are identical twins…and very different artists. Jonah is primarily a silversmith, though he also works in wood, photography, and printmaking. Gregory is known for his wooden carved toy tops, depicting colorful and meaningful symbolism in his functional works of art. The Hills also occasionally design pieces together.

In Jonah’s words:

“I am from the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona. To the Hopi, water plays an important part of daily life. As dry farmers we rely on annual rain and snowfall to benefit our crops and orchards. Spirituality and ceremony are also a daily part of living, and being connected to place and nature has given me inspiration for my various types of expression. I have a vested interest in water issues as they pertain to native peoples and use the artistic process to express my love and concern for water and the related environmental issues surrounding this most precious resource. I have been an artist for over 10 years, I am a river guide, environmental educator, and ethnobotanist, and have worked with various types of media and have exhibited my work in numerous shows and galleries.”

In Gregory’s words:

“A top is one of the few toys that has the same method of play around the world. All I need to do is spin the top to draw people in. I’m making toys. I’m creating entertainment. I’m making joy.”

The tops started in 2008 as a project for his 8-year-old daughter. Gregory has been making them ever since, with an emphasis on creative shapes, colors, and beautiful symbolism. He also makes pendants using the same style and techniques, so that his art can be worn as well.

We are excited to have Jonah and Gregory at Wright’s for a fantastic event, so come enjoy them with us!