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portrait by John Loengard

JILL GILL is artist and author, commentator and collector of the ever-changing NYC. Since the mid-1950s, in a series of over 100 watercolor-and-ink paintings, she has captured vital and vanishing New York City blocks.

She is the author of the recently published Site Lines: Lost New York, 1954–2022. The book gathers together over a hundred of her watercolor and ink paintings of the buildings and streetscapes of the city (especially those about to be lost to urban renewal) and includes Jill's fascinating commentary about the scenes and the architecture. The book includes buildings both important and unimportant that would otherwise have been lost to memory.

An English major with little art training, JILL GILL developed her own individual style. She has been commissioned to paint watercolor-and-ink portraits of the homes, gardens and room interiors of, among others, Tina Brown, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Linda Ellerbee, Drue Heinz, Charles Kuralt, Pierre Matisse, Zubin Mehta, Anna Quindlen and Kurt Vonnegut.

In 2023 the New York Preservation Project (NYPAP) awarded a grant to Landmark West to establish a Jill Gill Archive of her Upper West Side photographs and clippings.

She is also the author-illustrator of the beloved out-of-print 1972 children's book Tiger & Leopard. It has recently been reissued in a French edition, Tigre & Léopard with an English translation insert, available through

JILL GILL paintings and editorial coverage have appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, AVENUE, GQ, Country Inns, HG, Wine Spectator, Mimi Sheraton's TASTE and Flea Market Style: Decorating with a Creative Edge. Her work has also been in the publications and programs of the Merchants House Museum, Historic District Council, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Landmark West!, James Beard Foundation, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, National Museum of Women in the Arts anniversary magazine issue, and the January 2024 catalogue of The Park Avenue Armory Winter Show.

The artwork presented on this site is only a small sampling from this prodigious artist; much of it is available for purchase.


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