Role Model (1063)

James Francis Gill


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A signed original artwork by James Francis Gill

After stepping away from the limelight in the early 1970s, Gill re-emerged triumphantly in the 1990s, and is now back with huge success with both private collectors and galleries. His unique take on iconic imagery has been re-discovered and its place in art history re-affirmed. Described as a pioneer in the pop art movement, Gill’s works are visionary, timeless and universal. His iconic vibrant separations of light and shadow – typic of news photographs - are inspired by magazines like Time, Life and National Geographic and have been featured in numerous galleries. Find out more about pop art or, alternatively, shop more artwork by James Francis Gill here

One of Pop Art’s hallmarks is its obsession with popular culture, and Gill’s "Women in Cars" series is firmly rooted in this. He began making the works in the 1960’s, when American magazines LIFE and TIME began printing paparazzi shots of film stars getting out of their cars. "Women in Cars" could offer something the magazines couldn’t – colour – and when the pieces began appearing in galleries, they were the epitome of cool modernity, and gave the public a chance to see celebrity in a new light. One of the earliest versions of the series, ‘Laughing Woman in car and Close Up’ was purchased by and exhibited in MoMa between works by Picasso and Odilon Redon. In the years 2020 to 2022, almost sixty years after his first works, at the age of over 85 years, acrylic paintings and studies are created by the colourist which show the “Women In Cars” manifested in all their colourfulness and timeless presence. These acrylic originals and studies are modern embodiments of an idea that was ahead of its time, anticipating the omnipresence of social media and the struggle to protect a personal and private space of existing. These modern pieces are steeped in the history of the pop art movement and bring a fresh and exciting insight into the workings of one of the last living pioneers of the subject. See more artwork from this collection here.

In this pop art classic, the presence of heavy bright colours is no surprise as this piece is the result of strong bold angular studies utilising primary colours. The different tones of blue are complimented by the bright light coming in different angles. This piece evokes a sense of serenity as the model is looking directly at the viewer. The combination of colours chosen by Gill is of particular notice. As a pop art artist, the bright blues, the model’s blonde hair and her bright pink lipstick are all elements common in this art style. Gill kept the main focus on the model and the car, with the background being almost out of focus which adds in depth to the piece. This iconic original is a statement piece in every collection!

Image size: 25.0in x 25.5in 63.5cm x 64.8cm
Framed size: 25.6in x 26.2in 65.0cm x 66.5cm
Medium: Mixed Media
Subjects: Figurative, Colour & Light, People

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