Canadian artist and designer, Sabina Hill, creates art, interiors, limited edition furniture and custom textiles, which merge the rich mythology of the Pacific Northwest Coast with a contemporary design aesthetic.
Born in Vancouver, BC, and descended from four generations of Pacific Coast Canadians, living between the forest and the sea, Sabina is inspired by her sense of place and tells a visual story through her innovative designs.
Sabina holds degrees in environmental studies from the University of Manitoba and in architecture from the University of British Columbia. In 1993, she founded her multi-disciplinary studio with projects ranging from custom residential, interiors and renovations, to built-in furniture and landscape design.
Seeking to create works with a distinctly Pacific Northwest Coast design aesthetic, Sabina began collaborating professionally with Aboriginal artists in 1998. These collaborations reflect an enduring legacy of exchange and cross-fertilization between artists. Her creations, presented through unique material combinations and leading edge technologies, bring the ceremonial into daily life and celebrate the convergence of two distinct design cultures. Dr. George Macdonald, former president of the Bill Reid Foundation and director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at Simon Fraser University, hails her work as “demonstrating the next phase in the development of Northwest Coast art and design.”
In her solo work, Sabina explores contemporary mythology through her personal mode of abstraction. Her complex tableau of organic designs expresses the language of modernism infused with a Pacific Northwest Coast regional character. With her background in relief printmaking and architecture, she has developed a keen understanding of positive and negative space, which are essential elements of Native art; she transforms these into solid and void in her 3‑dimensional work.
Her work is recognized nationally and internationally. It is in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, and it has been commissioned by the Government of Canada for diplomatic premises abroad including Canada House High Commission in London, England, the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, the new Canadian consulate in Guangzhou, China, and the Official Residences in Berlin, Germany, and Barbados.
Sabina is currently building her home gallery and studio, which she designed for her waterfront property in Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast of BC. This highly unique live-work space will include a well-appointed private guest suite, accommodating collectors who wish to live with her art in a truly immersive experience, observe her creative process, and collaborate on commissioned pieces.
- Madeira park, BC
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