James Gill at Samuel Lynne

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JAMES GILL
When the World Went POP!
CURATED BY KAREN & MICHAEL BIVINS
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 FROM 5-8PM
ARTIST WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Click here For a digital catalogue of James Gill’s oeuvre,
As a “founding father” of the Pop Art movement, James Gill has frequently exhibited alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg. Gill’s artwork can be found in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute.
From the beginning, Gill’s style was unique, even for the Pop Art movement he helped to create. In 1965, Los Angeles Times Editor, Henry J. Seldis said of Gill, “he was too painterly and he dealt with his subjects in a manner that was too emotionally loaded for him to be considered just a Pop Artist.” It is Gill’s profound and complex treatment of his subjects that reflects this deeper, more emotional dimension. Early in his career, Gill dealt with themes related to modern cultural and political issues, anti-war sentiment, and the shifting ideas and social structures of the late 1960s and ’70s.
The paintings in Gill’s upcoming exhibition When The World Went POP! reflect the interplay between realism and abstraction, while simultaneously bringing Pop Art into the present. Over the years, Gill has established his own technique combining mixed media with a more traditional paint application. His paintings continue to be rich in the vibrant colors and thought-provoking irony common to the Pop Art movement, but his current process adds a modern awareness to these depictions. In the past, Gill’s contemporaries conceded that his art reflected both qualities of a contemporary consciousness and a classical tradition. His upcoming exhibition contiunes to be at once relevant and classic in this way.
Besides the prominent museums that house Gill’s artwork in their collections, his paintings can be found in the National Portrait Gallery, the Standford University Center for Visual Arts, and The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as many other art galleries throughout Europe.

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