John Hiltunen has attended Creative Growth since 2003. He began making collages in 2006. Before this time, John focused on rug making, wood work and ceramics. John participated in Paul Butler’s “Collage Party” in 2007, after which his collage work became a consistent artistic pursuit. His clever juxtapositions, which typically collide animal and human subjects mostly derived from fashion and natural history magazines, are provocative in their humor and yet surprisingly earnest in intention. Straightforward in their absurdity, John’s collages are naturally uncanny with cats, dogs, reptiles, and other wild animals looking posh in the latest fashions. In 2012, John’s work was the focus of a major group exhibition curated by Matthew Higgs at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; he has also exhibited at White Columns, New York, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, the San Francisco International Airport, and had his work represented at contemporary art fairs like NADA Miami, the Independent, and Frieze New York. In 2013, he was honored as a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award. He currently lives with his wife in Fremont, California.
Born 1949, Sturgis, KY.