Pop Art paintings to grace the gallery
January 13, 2017
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James Francis Gill
“Pop Art Paintings”
The opening reception (including food and refreshments) will be conducted from 5-7 p.m. January 26, 2017. It is free of charge and open to the public.
Exhibit dates are January 26 – March 15, 2017
Cardozier Gallery in the Charles A. Sorber Visual Arts Studios
Texas native James Gill’s Pop Art paintings mix abstraction with photo-realistic portraits of some of Hollywood’s greats including Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, and The Beatles.
This exhibition features the artwork of Texas native Pop Artist James Francis Gill. Gill had a brilliant beginning in his art, successfully adapting his influences in an original way. His middle period was a time of searching and introspection: he explored total abstraction, photo-realism and sculpture. Taking the best from each period Gill has created a style all his own with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, Farah Fawcett and others. Currently, at age 83, Gill has reinvented himself, his work is better than ever!
James Gil was born in Tahoka, Texas in 1934. He attended San Angelo High School. After a tour of duty with the marines, he attended San Angelo College and graduated from UT-Austin. From 1956-1960 Gill studied architecture and worked as an architectural designer in Midland, TX., and Odessa, TX.
Gill moved to Los Angeles, California in 1962 and received support from legendary Felix Landau who was one of the most respected art dealers with galleries on the West Coast and East Coast. Stars of film and music, art lovers, and business people collected artworks of James Francis Gill in the 1960s’. Gill was commissioned to paint the covers of top print media outlets such as the TIME Magazine. Hollywood stars like John Wayne and Tony Curtis requested to be painted by him.
The work of James Gill is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as well as many West Coast museums and major corporations. In 2005, a retrospective exhibition was held in his hometown of San Angelo, TX at the Museum of Fine Arts. Around 2007, Gill’s late creative phase began, using his own unique combination of abstract and portraiture. In contrast to the dominance of political themes in his early works, Gill increases his focus on the presentation of classic Pop Art icons, such as Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, John Wayne and Paul Newman.
All events are supported by UTPB – Student Life and the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m.
For more information contact Jake Weigel, [email protected] or (432) 552-2285.