Hilario Seeks To Capture The Paradox

Hilario Seeks To Capture The Paradox

Ak Chin Sculpture Commission

Hilario is pleased to announce his acceptance of a commission consisting of 17 wood sculptures for Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino currently undergoing expansion and renovation in Maricopa, Arizona. The sculptures range in length from 24 inches to 72 inches and in diameter from 4 to 8 inches. The sculptures are part of a $100 Million expansion project at the casino that includes a greatly expanded art collection. Completion and installation of the sculptures is scheduled for this Fall, 2017.

Hilario is an established artist well known around the world for his large abstract paintings full of organic texture, color and emotion. His wood sculptures continue in his abstract style with cuts, carvings and etchings evoking natural elements. Hilario, who is self-taught, started painting in 1994 after an artistic epiphany at Monument Valley, Arizona on New Year’s Day 1994. Since then, he has created and sold more than 1600 original works of art.

The vision Hilario has for the sculptures is as an emotional journey through time. He says: “I will seek to capture the paradox of existence in this desert: open space that is limitless and unbounded but constrained by the harsh realities of a dry hot land. The truthfulness of this paradox is most apparent in the efforts required, both past and present, to coax life from the dirt. Farming is life for the Ak-Chin Indian Community. I will respect and honor this life by creating specific symbols and colors for land, sky, water, crops and fields that I will incorporate into the art.”

Hilario’s Arizona representative, Costello-Childs Contemporary Gallery located in Scottsdale, secured the commission through Artstudio 101.

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