The rapid ascent of James Gill in the art world led to major museums such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and the Smithsonian Institute adding his works to their collections. Then, at the height of his success, he walked away – becoming a legend in the Pop Art world.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: James Gill
In the 1960s a new school of artists emerged that added “Pop Art” to our lexicon. Among them was James Gill. Routinely exhibited alongside acclaimed artists such as Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, James Gill experienced a rapid ascent in the art world; major museums such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and the Smithsonian Institute added his works to their collections. Then, at the height of his success, he walked away – becoming a legend, an icon, in the Pop Art world.
Not wishing to further succumb to the “me” generation, James Gill joined a small group of artists, poets and writers to form an artist’s colony on the California/Oregon border, far from the materialistic world. He continued to work and expand his artistic vision, taking the Pop Art practice of appropriating commercial photo-derived imagery as source material and applying the latest in technology to develop his current unique process. By running a raw canvas through an ink-jet printer he re-creates an image he then manipulates with a clear gel medium, applying it as one would paint with regular pigment, to draw the inks up into the gel, giving the same effect as colored acrylics – only with colors dramatically more vibrant than pre-colored medium. Gill can then paint or glaze over this piece until it thoroughly represents his artistic vision.
With iconic Pop Art imagery as well as bold collaged abstract imagery James Gill is making his mark once again on the world of art. Major shows have been launched in several states celebrating the return of this legendary artist. James Gill is truly an artist rediscovered.