Stephen Neil Gill
Artist Statement
Bio / Awards / Shows

Artist Statement/Bio
Photographic Images
Painting Drawing Mixed Media
DOB 04/16/1957 NYC

Before and after I could walk my parents would take me to the New York City museums, especially and frequently to the Museum of Modern Art located around the corner from dad's office, mom's fav.
I was a very well behaved good little boy, a virtual Romper Room Doobie if you recall the TV show. When I would get tired mom would sit me down on a couch or chair or I sat on the floor in front of a painting of mom's choice, she would walk the room while I sat mesmerized in front of a work of art. Mark Rothko must have been showing during my early years either at MOMA or one of the other museums we would go to. His work is deeply embedded in my mind, so much so I highly doubt even electro shock therapy could erase those wonderful early childhood memories.
After the museum mom would go shopping and drop me off at dad's advertising office, ( the moment was during the "madmen" era). The office was large with many artists and I would hang out with different people and watch, everyone was friendly.
So began my "apprenticeship"

Mom and Dad were art lovers, education and creativity was encouraged in our home. Dad was a talented, successful commercial logo artist during the "madmen" advertising era. I would hang out there with my dads friend Al Gianni who worked on retouching dye transfers for Revlon. It was an upbeat, fun, intense workplace. My photo apprenticeship was with Paul Kopelow my mentor, instructor, and friend, it was the introduction to my career pursuit and one of the best experiences of my life. Dad conceived the original Coca Cola logo which is still used today, I like to use that style sometimes in my drawings along with some other styles of his. Gatoraide and Sound Design also ring in my memory, Phizer and Lilly seem to resurface often. I remember Sound Design because I got to review and keep the system, wOw, what could be better than blasting Beatles, Led Zepplin, King Crimson, Larry Coryell, John Mclaughlin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Kinks, Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, and so many more. My sister remembers that dad loved his work on the first Elvis Presley album, one his favorite assignments. I played in various rock bands in junior and senior high school, and was one of the yearbook photographers. My after school job was painting houses, exterior in the warmer months, interiors in the winter. We had a piano with a Grandma Moses winter scene hanging above, it had sparkles on it and was magical. I enjoyed playing and looking at the painting at night. I like to use metallics in my work at times to give that Grandma Moses fairytale feeling.

After Graduating High School I attended The School of Visual Arts in NYC. 6 months later dropped out of SVA and opened my photo studio in 1975 
I met my wife in Central Park that year.
I Worked in NYC for 22 years
 as a fashion,
 commercial and fine art photographer.
My wife and I ran an advertising agency 
specializing in direct mail fashion.
A&S Gill Advertising
I Did a few gallery exhibitions
In 1997 due to the inability to find an
affordable studio in NYC 
we packed all our belongings  and
moved to Los Angeles CA
I had imagined securing a job in the motion picture industry and found employment as the store
manager for Jay Ward Productions
I knew all the characters it was an instant match.
Ramona Ward was an inspiring woman.
I obtained a real estate sales associate license,
then a brokers license sold properties, won awards, flipped houses, shot polaroid's and film for the next 7 years and just had fun with photography.

Commencement of my
 first "Strait" painting on canvas
 not overpaint on photos 
as some of my earlier works display.
I was living on Latrobe St 
in the LA hills next to the park entrance.
I executed a drip painting in the kitchen utilizing
the sink for run off.
I had the window open for ventilation.
My neighbor saw me working on it
and Offered to Purchase!!!
and so began my obsession
 painting, drawing and mixed media.
2 decades of works thusfar.

Painting Drawing Mixed Media
I Define My Art as
Contemporary Modern 
Stylized Outsider
Raw to Refined
Sprinklings of Pop

Compositions range from 
bare minimal highlighted by negative space to complex presentations incorporating  concepts, theories and prevalent themes.

The modern style stems
 form iconic influences 
Mark Rothko, Jean Dubuffet, 
Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler, 
Adolf Gottlieb, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, 
Sol Lewitt, Ed Ruscha Jackson Pollock, 
Richard Chamberlain, John Baldesarri, Giacometti 
and numerous others, 
then branches out
to take form from the viewpoint of a contemporary outsider venturing at times into the surreal, with the underlying theme tied into the subconscious.
Raw, brut, primitive in nature with influences of
 Joan Miro, Basquiat, James Coniard 
 Karel Appel, Murakami, Kaws, Yayoi Kusama, Gary Bassman, Kenny Scharf, Tim Biskup, Peter Max, Folon, Mark Ryden, Yves Tanguy, Dali, Constantin Brancussi, Sheppard Fairy, 
All the cartoon characters I watched as a child and adult from the following studios Jay Ward, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbara, Disney, Pixar and others   
With the above styles in mind
I add my own unique input.
There is also a primitive aspect of my work which is an inherited subconscious trait. Reference 30,000 BC Paleolithic Shaman Artist, painting images of animals deep within European caves. 
Psychology/Biology seepage duly noted.

I revel in the astral projection of
my mind through the lens of the camera
bathing in the light

Artists Statement

Photographic pOp Dolls



During my 11 year stay in Los Angeles and Palm Springs California 1997-2008 refuge and comfort were found at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Blvd. It was there an affinity and devotion to the style of pop surrealism / lowbrow was formed.

2005 the first "pOp doll" was born.

 A population of pOp dolls followed containing gene traits of Blythe, Barbie, Bratz, Living Dead, and Pullip, each Pop Doll having its own unique look and personality. No two pOp dolls are the same with the exception of the Siamese twins. Numerous editing steps are taken during conception, birth, and growth. Complex technical information is purposely omitted to insure individual traits. It would be an extremely difficult task to reproduce a pOp Doll except if it was cloned at birth.


Muses participating in this series of portraits communicated in advance to select clothing, accessories, and props. Exterior and interior locations of home and apartment sets were carefully planned. We collaborated on pre-production details to highlight aspects of personality, taste, interests, and skills, weaving their story as collaborators. Post production was executed by me. The photo sessions were always fun and interesting with the ultimate goal of producing a new, unique, refreshing pOp doll portrait for the muse and photographer.

Awards / Shows

Katonah Gallery New York

Kodak Award

Kodak Gallery NYC

Arts and Flowers Gallery NYC

Nine Astral Projections
 Crystal Pavilion
Mussavi Gallery NYC

Outpost Contemporary LA CA

LA Contemporary LA CA

Act Gallery Ft. Myers FL

Bob Rauschenburg Gallery
 Fort Myers Florida

Fifity Artists
Denver CO

POPT Gallery Italy

Pop Dolls
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Tampa Florida

Owlstand Online Gallery
London England

DKO Gallery
Zurich Switzerland

Novus Conceptum
Hannah Bacol Busch
Bellaire Texas

Ebb and Flow
Pop Dolls
Museum of Digital Fine Arts

anne darlene, photo credit, california
"California" Photo: Anne Darlene

Please Inquire for 
Purchase and Commission

Online Representation
Some of My Work Can be
Found on the Following Sites

Online Representation

photo credit, anne darlene,
Rauschenberg Gallery Fort Myers Florida Photo:: Anne Darlene

stephen neil gill, home studio,
"Home Studio Cape Coral Florida" Photo: Anne Darlene

group show, 2015. fmpoa,
Group Show FMOPA 2015 Photo: Anne Darlene

At Home in Lanai Photo Anne Darlene 2018