lives in both Ukraine and the U.S. He grew up mostly in Texas.
Long interested in ancient history and diffusionism, he soon discovered
the writings of Thor Heyerdahl, Barry Fell and Eric Von Daniken
who have had a strong influence on his art and his beliefs. He
sees the concept of the "Sun God" as possibly having
it's roots in extraterrestrials from very ancient times and having
a profound influence on today's religious beliefs.
As a child growing up he was interested in both
art and technology. In particular he was curious about flight
and aircraft. In his fathers workshop he built flying models of
both rockets and planes. His father restored antique planes and
was a weekend pilot. Gill developed an appreciation for older
aircraft as well as the continuing evolution of flight. Art skills
were developed concurrently.
Although J.R.'s skills and vision's developed on
their own he felt aligned with such artists as Peter Max, Salvador
Dali, LeRoy Neiman, M.C. Escher, un- known Mayan artists, and
Valton Tyler. Gill has a deep appreciation for design, color,space,volume
and biomorphic shapes. Many of his paintings are like renditions
of sculptures. They have a constructed quality to them. Also we
have floating orb's along with these other mentioned elements.
Many of his renderings are what he calls his "Spiritual Wizards,"
which are beings of divine intelligence and bliss. Most have an
opening at the top of the head to symbolize man's connection to
the universe. Gill's result is inspirational optimism in a negative