The JILL MIRZA Gallery
ABOUT JILL “I have spent my life being involved in the making of  paintings and drawings both as a practitioner and as a  teacher. I studied painting at Camberwell School of Art  and at The Royal Academy Schools. More recently, for  sixteen years, I was involved in running an Art Gallery with my partner, Nick Harris, also a painter. I have written articles for fine art magazines and with my  partner was commissioned to produce a book about  colour called ‘Mix your own Acrylics’, which was very  popular. I regularly exhibit in London, particularly in  Chelsea and in various galleries and Art Fairs around the  country. My paintings are a figurative exploration of my  immediate surroundings and of images I record when  travelling, mostly in countries surrounding the  Mediterranean and Aegean. Responding to the  excitement of the visual world, the play of light on  buildings, the intensity of shadows, the brash colours of  man-made objects and the way figures integrate with  their surroundings, I produce paintings in which colour is a major factor. I was trained in a very traditional ethos, taught to observe carefully and to respond to the wonder of visual  subtleties. That training has stayed with me always, I am  compelled to look intently and record what I see. There is also, inevitably, a narrative concern and a wish to make  observations about how man relates to the world around him and to the world he has created. I follow themes and my paintings are grouped according  to a particular interest at the time. I usually work in Acrylic but also produce drawings using water colour pencils.”
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