Painter Jill Hooper is from North Carolina and New York, where she was born in 1970. Hooper showed a fondness for drawing and draftsmanship at a young age. She worked under D. Jeffrey Mims. She also studied at Universite de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France where she learned printmaking. Hooper studied portraiture with a focus on the sight-size traditions with Charles Cecil in Florence. In 2006, she participated in the apprentice program under Benjamin Long VI at the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, as well as assisted him with the Crossnore fresco in mountains of North Carolina.
Hooper's work has exhibited in France, England, and throughout the southeastern United States. She is permanently collected in three museums, including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston where she is the youngest living artist to ever be collected. Her work can also be found in numerous private collections. In 2007, her self-portrait Pugnis et Calcibus was in the BP portrait exhibit touring through the United Kingdom and hung in London's National Portrait Gallery. Hooper will present a show of new work at the Greenville County Museum of Art in 2010. She lives and works in downtown Charleston, where her portraits and still-life compositions have earned her a reputation of quiet acclaim.
To view additional work by Jill Hooper, vist Ann Long Fine Art