An exhibition of the Pop Art of James Francis Gill
Visitors to Palma have the chance to catch a fantastic exhibition of super colourful Pop Art by the American artist James Francis Gill. Titled 'The World Goes Pop,' it's on display at the Galeria K (Carrer Can Veri 10) until 23rd April (Monday to Friday 11 to 19 and Saturday 11 to 14.)
Gill is as much a part of the Pop Art scene of the 60's as Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and Edward Hopper and shot to fame in the 1967 Sao Paulo 9 Biennale when his work was exhibited with those very artists.
This career springboard led to a commission from Time Magazine to paint Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's portrait for its front cover and requests from the likes of Tony Curtis, John Wayne and Paul Newman to paint theirs!
Born in Texas in 1934, Gill spent most of his productive years in Los Angeles and is still painting and wearing a big Stetson today. His Pop Art style is still prevalent in his new works, bright, bold, easy on the eye portraits of icons Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, John Lennon, The Beatles and Brigitte Bardot to name just a few.
As you can see from the photos I've downloaded from Gill's website, his paintings are a joy to behold and well worth going to see. Pop in to Galeria K if you have some spare time in Palma.