In 1967, the ‘Sao Paulo 9 Biennale' in Brazil showed Gills works with artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg and Edward Hopper. 


This exhibition led to Gills breakthrough in the international art world. His works are included in the collections of major museums.


  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York acquired Gills artwork for their permanent collection (Marylin Triptych), 1962
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York purchased a further drawing of Gill, 1965
  • Gill was asked by the Navy to join the Navy Art Cooperation and Liaison program, recording significant contemporary events for public display, 1966
  • Included in the Sao Paulo Biennal, 1967
  • Cover illustration of Alexander Solzhenitsyn by James Gill, TIME Magazine, September 1968 – commissioned by the publisher
  • Retrospective, Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo,TX, 2005


Stars of film and music, art lovers and businesspeople collected artworks of James Francis Gill in the 1960s. Gill was commissioned to paint the covers of well known print media such as TIME magazine. Hollywood stars like John Wayne and Tony Curtis requested to be painted by him.


During his time in Los Angeles, paintings and drawings were finding their way into the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as many West Coast museums. Major national corporations, such as the Mead Corporation and Time-Life Corporation, were also purchasing his paintings for their collections.