Homme Gallery DC | Ardath Hill | Estate of Being

By East City Art Editorial Team on May 13, 2024

Sat, May 4 2024 — Fri, May 17 2024

Ardath Hill Estate of Being, photos by Elizabeth King


Closing Reception: Saturday, May 17 from 6-9pm


Focusing on the formal figurative pieces, Ardath Hill (1933-2021), a Washington DC area artist, created numerous works of fine art, often depicting her subjects without the cliche of clothing in an effort to move beyond the superficial toward deeper human connectedness. A woman ahead of her time, Hill did not confine her work to traditional standards of beauty, but instead covered subjects of a variety of different races, ages, and sexual orientations, in various different states of dress and undress.

Over the course of her career, spanning from 1983 to 2016, Hill was an active member of the DC art scene, acting as a judge, curator, and docent, and participating in many solo and curated ensemble shows, including the very first Artomatic. By no means an unknown artist, during her time Hill received at least 46 awards and distinctions for fine sketches, paintings and multi-media art from the Springfield, Stamford, Capital Hill, The Art League, and many other Art Associations. However, even in the face of these accolades, Hill passed away with the feeling that she wasn’t successful because she left the world with so many unsold pieces. Before her passing, Hill wrote a portion of her own obituary, encouraging other artists to “sell all your works while you are still able to.”

This feeling of unfinished business, of a prolific artist’s work not fully recognized, is the drive behind this new exhibition of Ardath Hill’s work. In May 2023, while grieving the first anniversary of her father’s sudden passing, Elizabeth King visited Hill’s estate sale at her home in Annandale, Virginia. King was struck by the massive scale and variety of Hill’s work, as well as the bold and creative use of color. Immediately after leaving the estate sale, King knew she wanted to bring more attention to this artist that she knew nothing about, leading her to reach out to Amir Browder, owner of Homme DC, to propose an exhibition. One year later, this impulsive feeling culminates with the opening of “Estate of Being.”

A closing reception for Estate of Being will be start at 6pm on Saturday, May 17 at Homme DC’s location at 2000 L. St. NW.

Please contact Elizabeth King via email at Elizabeth.king.dc@gmail.com with any questions.

About Homme DC
Homme DC is a gallery space committed to showcasing local artists working across different mediums, in various stages in their careers. Homme DC began with a single gallery on O St. NW, expanded into the Golden Triangle with a location at 2000 L St. NW, and has recently opened up a new space on the third floor of Union Station. Homme DC’s gallery hours are by appointment only outside of scheduled events. To make an appointment please visit www.hommedcgallery.com

2000 L St NW, Washington D.C.
Elizabeth King – Elizabeth.king.dc@gmail.com
6PM – 9PM, May 17th