We are thrilled to announce that Jill Ricci will be in New Orleans January 15 – January 30th 2016.
We are pleased to announce that Gigi Mills will be here in New Orleans September 24 – October 28. She’ll be creating new works with Southern flair. We will be organizing a few local events with the artist and hope that you can join us. Stay tuned!
NY and Nashville/New Orleans based artists Jill Ricci and Lyle Carbajal take centre stage at the gallery for a 2 man show
Opening will take place Saturday 25th April 2015 5-8pm with both artists presen
To see the new pieces go to artists page
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French Quarter fest weekend will host the 3 artists who’s works are the epitomy of the theme of the show
“Poetry and Landscapes”
Oils on Canvas and Panels
Opening with artists present Saturday 11th April 5-8pm
Show will run 8-20th April
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“Gallery Orange is proud to announce that we will be hosting a solo show for our dear friend and exquisite artist, Gigi Mills, March 23rd – April 14th, 2013
Mills’ show “The Deep South and Other Stories” will feature ä brand new collection of works on panel and paper whose subject matter ranges from dreamy scenes of landscapes and circus scenes under the ‘big top’ to living room scenes from our very own Royal St, New Orleans. Mills grew up in a circus family and is trained as a dancer and choreographer; her works illustrate her keen understanding of and control over movement. Figures in her pieces sway and slouch and reach and grieve in distinct Mills style that is simultaneously playful and yet precise. Mills’ works depict an abstract world of subdued color which she then (sometimes) activates with pops of bright color or specific human interaction. Her scenes are personal—even autobiographical—and deeply emotional. The figures in her works become symbols that reach beyond her specific life experiences. Gigi Mills’ collectors connect to her dreamy narratives in an intimate and sensitive way.
Join Gallery Orange and Gigi Mills for the festive opening of “The Deep South and Other Stories” on Saturday March 23rd, 6-9 pm!”
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Our very first Gallery Orange YouTube production is about our wonderful Santa Fe based artist Gigi Mills.
American Art Collector 61 November 2010
Gigi Mills – Simple Elegance
Gigi Mills is inspired by things she hears on the street, visual images she finds around her and an artistic need to simplify objects down to their fundamental shapes and colors. For Mills, her art is an attempt to quiet life down a couple of notches and simplify things to their essential components.
“I love shapes, pared down, abstracted shapes,” says Mills. “I like them to still be somewhat representational, or at least recognizable, just calmed down. I think my work is deceptively simple and by simplifying them, there is an elegance to them as I continue to try and say more with less.”
For the past eight or nine months, Mills has been experimenting with color and has found herself moving more and more toward a gray palette.
“I’m using grey tones because it allows for me to denote light and dark but in more subtle ways than with color,” says Mills. “I think it also evokes a certain moodiness to the work, which is nice to get. I’m really toning everything down and finding just beautiful, great palettes to use. They are all mixed—I don’t use anything out of the tube.”
Mills also work in series. Her latest series focuses on people in museum settings, typically in front of works of art.
“The museum pieces are the last in that series for me,” says Mills. “I don’t know where it came from but they all have the same colors but different women in period costumes. Some are contemporary, some are social commentary. I have a love affair with the South, though: southern women, southern cooking—I did a whole series of bakers and cooks, all from the South.”
Currently available Sarah Ashley Longshore paintings Spring/Summer Collection 2012 for Show @ Gallery Orange
Opening Saturday 28th April 6-9pm
Elizabeth Cook-Romero, writing for the Pasatiempo, notes that “Gigi Mills paints a world in flux. Like the kaleidoscopic and fleeting manifestations of nature, every color and texture in Mills’ paintings seems as if it could change in the blink of an eye.” Gigi’s recent sketches, collages, and paintings on panel do bear witness to an intuitive immediacy in media. Thin paint, visible brushstrokes, sgraffito (scratched) lines, drawn marks, and collaged papers create a textural surface that clearly records the artist’s last touch and gesture. Like the work of Milton Avery, Gigi abstracts space and forms to merely reference the physical world. Her beaches, seasides, and interiors are placed in an impossible mixture of points of view, resulting in truly imaginary spaces. An attention to flat geometric shapes, a rarity of detail, and a tendency to define her figures as silhouettes lends anonymity to her subjects. Gigi observes, “The reduction of forms to a simplified elegance is essential to my paintings. A successful piece should have the psychological and aesthetic weight to hold the viewer, to entice them to keep coming back to it. It’s my goal with each painting to create extraordinary beauty with the ballast of emotional complexity.”
Working in series allows Gigi to tell a larger story amongst a group of related paintings. The “Procession Series” seems to have subtly spawned from her personal history of being raised within the Mills Brothers’ Circus. Burdened animals and clowns occupy a non-space en route to nowhere and conjure up the bittersweet quality of Samuel Beckett’s poetry and plays that Gigi enjoys. Elements from previous series, such as Gigi’s museum interiors, drying laundry, reclining figures, Southern women, and still-lives featuring musical instruments and fruit, often reemerge. In sketchbook pages and complex collages and paintings on bookboard, Gigi’s various series have begun to mingle.
Gigi has a BFA in Theatre from the College of Santa Fe, NM and an MA in Choreography from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Her training results in an awareness of gesture and performance. Interestingly, many of her paintings present themselves as stage sets, where the figures and interiors are conspicuously on display. With all of their grace or awkwardness they face and confront the viewer. Gigi Mills has exhibited throughout the US, Italy, France and in China, where she was a visiting artist in Zhangjiajie in 2009.
Jill Ricci, a New Jersey based artist I discovered through a fabulous Art Blogger girlfriend and contact her immediately. Jill Ricci’s works are SOOO New Orleans. Classy yet random. Classical, yet totally graffiti. I love the balance and the contrast which reminds me of our crazy city. Layers of time, decay and beauty.
To me her art speaks of a bohemian, gypsy dreamland displayed in a way that keeps you looking for more. I love how the patterns bring continuity and order to the randomness and layers. As she puts it “I want the pieces to evoke an old wall in Morocco, a Renaissance Church, a NYC subway wall and Malibu Barbie all simultaneously existing on one canvas.” I think she accomplishes just that.
Jill has a training that explains her eye for beauty and her skill at her craft. She studied Interior Design and Decorative Painting Finishes in Chicago. She hand beads all her wrks with archival materials and puts her Ricci magic into every unique piece she makes.
We are pleased to be Jill Ricci’s Southern representatives at Gallery Orange. Enjoy !!
Check out her page for all current pieces available