Jill Greenberg was born in July of 1967 in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in suburban Detroit. She graduated in 1989 form the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Photography and moved to New York City to pursue a career in photography. Jill was based in New York until 2001, and now resides in Los Angeles.
Over the last fifteen years, Greenberg has made memorable images of many of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, in addition to creating a recognizable filter of vision itself. An early adopter of digital effects, Greenberg has developed a world that is more intense, more razor-sharp, let’s say supra-real, than the one in which we actually reside. Jill Greenberg creates portraits that seize our attention, that create an altered universe staring back at us.
For the series “Monkey Portraits”, Greenberg has created a series of monkey portraits and asks us to consider, in another way, where we are coming from. We look into her monkey’s expressions, their faces -- their peculiar physiognomy -- and somehow see ourselves. It is frightening and disorienting and exhilarating and awesome. She mischievously shows us another type of mirror-stage, where we confront an ancient and distorted reflection, another startling spectacle, and try to make sense of who, or what we are seeing. By intentionally anthropomorphizing her monkeys, we can’t help but identify with their gaze, and be reminded of people we know, expressions that we have seen before.
Jill has had an enormously successful exhibition of her Monkey Portraits at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles winter 2004. A highly anticipated 2006 exhibition of “End Times is scheduled at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery.
“End Times” (Forthcoming), solo exhibition, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, 2006
“Animal Tales” group exhibition, DFN Gallery, New York, NY, Summer 2005
“Monkey Portraits”, solo exhibition, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2004.
(Forthcoming) “End Times”, Exhibition Catalogue, 2006
(Forthcoming) “Monkey Portraits”, Bulfinch Press, 2006
“Monkey Portraits”, Exhibition Catalogue, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, 2004