Jill Biskin painting mural

About Jill

“A versatile artist with astonishing depth, this Athens-based creative defies definition”

Suzanna Cullen Hamilton, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

Awards & Honors

Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome

Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Shutze Awards for Restoration and Artisanship

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant in Painting

Foundation for Excellence Grant

Artist Statement

I am a painter and muralist based in Athens, Georgia. I work on a wide variety of projects commissioned for public and commercial spaces and for private residences. They are executed on site or in the studio that I built in Athens.

I studied fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Florence studio of Nerina Simi, then trained in theatrical painting at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York. For many years I painted scenery for theater, film, ballet, opera, and television. For my last eleven years in New York City, I was a scenic artist for the Metropolitan Opera, where I was involved in the creation of all new repertory and the restoration of existing productions.

Jill Biskin studio space with tall windows, drafting table and numerous canvases spread out on the floor

Jill's Studio

I have always maintained a private studio where I execute my own small paintings in egg tempera and oil, and these have been exhibited and collected widely. My three years of study in Florence, Siena, and Rome reinforced the influence of Italian art on my work. I have developed the techniques and materials I use from that exposure. Fragments of Roman architecture and gardens emerge in my paintings, and I strive to reconstruct the atmosphere that I first experienced there as a student.

 

Jill Biskin studio image showing painted sketches, pencil drawings and various artist supplies
Jill Biskin studio with preparatory sketches and reference images
Mural painting detail with graphite sketch

Other Projects

Portraits

Paintings

Original painting by Jill Biskin with gold leaf details