Complexity of Simplicity: Gigi Mills

30 Jan

Dance is one of the few art forms requiring no materials, only ourselves.  Santa Fe artist Gigi Mills, a former dancer now self-taught painter, transfers her dancer’s fluidity and grace into her compositions.

Girl With Dog and Boxes, oil on panel, 24x18 ( via Watts Fine Art )

Mills’ work focuses on simplified forms, figures and shapes are reduced to their simplest outlines, planes and colors, so that the viewer is instead caught by the emotional power present.

Girl With Plaid Dress and Bird Dog, oil, crayon, paper & charcoal on paper, 11x14 ( via Gallery Orange )

By keeping her color palette neutral, her use of the occasional bright color takes on a much more powerful significance, it becomes the staccato highlight, delightfully drawing the viewer’s attention.

Girl With Striped Dress and Birthday Cake, oil on panel, 30x24 ( via Gallery Orange )

Resting Spot With Birds, oil on panel, 18x24 ( via Gallery Orange )

Gigi Mills doesn’t currently have a website, so check out her work online at representing galleries: Gallery Orange in New Orleans, Watts Fine Art in Indiana and Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe.

This artist found via Gallery Orange.

Featured image is Ocean With Sea Birds and Yellow, oil on canvas, 60×36.  All image sources are noted above.

3 Responses to “Complexity of Simplicity: Gigi Mills”

  1. Suzanne January 30, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Saw her work in Santa Fe a few years ago but forgot her name, so thanks for posting these – she’s terrific.

  2. Tracy Gielbert January 30, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    It has been a joy working with her over the past few monthsand people in New Orleans love her stuff at Gallery Orange !!


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