Gigi Mills grew up in a circus family, travelling with the Mills Bros. Circus as a child and going on to study theatre & dance as an adult. while travelling she spent hours sketching and studying the masters, and 15 years ago decided to pursue her dream of being a full-time artist. i can see bits of Chagall and Matisse in her work, and she cites Milton Avery as a major inspiration.
Gigi works in oil, sometimes glazing to force the light to pass through many thin layers of paint. Sometimes she scratches the surface or digging out small chunks of paint in order to to reveal a little of the history of a piece, that is the under-painting of layers so important to the backbone of a painting. Her theatre and dance 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.
Mills is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and represented by Gallery Orange.