John Hiltunen

Born 1949, Sturgis, Kentucky
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 2003

John Hiltunen began making collages in 2006. Before this time, John focused on rug making, wood work, and ceramics. After participating in Paul Butler’s “Collage Party” in 2007, John’s collage work became a consistent artistic pursuit.  His clever juxtapositions, which typically combine 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 John’s world of animal-human hybrids, landscapes are turned on their side and runway models have furry ears or whiskers instead of pristine, camera-ready features. The transpositions are so cleverly paired—from the facial expression to the attitude of the pose—that one doesn’t need much convincing to believe these mash-ups are the chic characters they are portrayed to be.

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, given to those artists whose work show promise, talent, and individual artistic strength but who have not yet received widespread recognition. John’s work is also in the private collection of Cindy Sherman.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, New York
San Francisco Art Book Fair, San Francisco
Art is for Everyone, Telegraph Hill Gallery, San Francisco
Issue 3, Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles
The Other Film Festival, Melbourne

2017
John Hiltunen, Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles

2016
Outside, Karma, Amagansett, New York, curated by Matthew Higgs
Nothing Compares to You, Riverview School, Cape Cod
Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability, SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco
Valegro, Slide Space 123, Mills College, Oakland

2015
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Groupings, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco

2014
New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami
Independent Art Fair (White Columns), New York

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland Museum of California at the Oakland International Airport, curated by Philip Linhares
The Cat Show, White Columns, New York, curated by Rhonda Lieberman
Creative Growth, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco
Who’s Saree Now? San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

2012
New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami
Cutlog Art Fair, Paris
Independent Art Fair, New York
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Creative Growth, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, curated by Amie Scally
Frieze New York Fair, New York
John Hiltunen +1, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, curated by Matthew Higgs

2011
New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami
Extra Project, White Columns, New York
(e)merge Art Fair (White Columns), Washington D.C.