Tony Hill was born in 1949, Matatiele, Natal, South Africa. He was brought up in Yorkshire, near to Huddersfield, and has worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland since 1975 and lived in Downpatrick since 1984. He was married to the artist and painter Lynne Davies-Jones.
He studied at the Manchester College of Art and Design (1968/69), the Maidstone College of Art (Painting 1969/72), the State Academy, Dusseldorf, (the class of Joseph Beuys 1972/73). He received his HDFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (UCL) in 1975; working primarily with photography and installation. He was appointed as Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Art and Design at the Ulster Polytechnic in 1975 and then at the University of Ulster at Belfast until retiring in 2012. He has been responsible for teaching Sculpture, Experimental Media in Fine Art. He was Director of the Master of Fine Art Course (MFA) from 1991 to 2003.
He has held several one-person exhibitions of installations, sculpture, drawings, photographs and films and his work has been included in numerous group and thematic shows in Ireland and abroad. He was a member of Acme Arts in London, The Artist’s Collective of Northern Ireland and Art and Research Exchange, Belfast and has been a studio member of Flaxart Studios since 2009. He is represented by the Fenderesky Gallery, where has shown regularly since the gallery formed in 1984. He has artworks in various private and public collections.