Eric Hill (1921-2021)
Eric Hill was born in Hellifield, North Yorkshire in 1921, moving with his family to Royston near Barnsley when he was seven years old. After leaving school, Hill went to work as a painter and decorator for the National Coal Board, where he was to work for the rest of his life except for a period of six years when he served in the Army as a driver during the Second World War.
It was on his return from service that Hill first discovered his love of art and his talent for painting. As well as deriving inspiration from the Yorkshire landscape, Hill documented the streets of his hometown as well as the collieries that were the hub of the West Yorkshire mining communities. He exhibited in numerous art galleries, including the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley, and he has paintings held in the collections of the National Mining Museum for England and the Doncaster Arts and Museums Society.
A member of active local art societies, Eric Hill also entered numerous competitions organised by the National Coal Board and the British Watercolour Society, in which he won many prizes.