Rogue Goat is a collaboration between Josh Hill and Allison Billings, marrying scrollsaw craftsmanship with original acrylic paintings.
A form of sophisticated, contemporary folk art, the work is distinctively Canadian. Each piece is the distillation of a landscape defined by trees, with minor differences in form and perspective wielded to evoke different topographies. A limited palette and focus on contrast and texture work to convey a sense of place that transcends the figurative, while being identifiably in the landscape tradition.
Each piece falls from the unique characteristics of the live edge wood, which suggests the contours of the scene the paint illustrates. Various media are incorporated to play with the seen and unseen layers that compose the natural world and to allude to the life cycle of the wood itself.
Rogue Goat is a proud participant in the Canadian maker movement, and the work is heavily influenced by the landscapes traveled through while attending juried events and festivals across Canada.
2016 Best 2D Art, The New Arts Festival, Ottawa, ON
2015 People’s Choice Award, Circle Craft, Vancouver, BC.
2014, 2015 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2014 Gold Award for Craft Excellence, Circle Craft, Vancouver, BC