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  • Writer's picturePeggy Nichols

Jill Sykes, an artist whose work embodies the sheltering aspects and abstract shapes of nature.

'Saunterings', triptych, oil on 3 panels, 60 x 20 inches each panel

"We as artists create objects that nourish and enrich existence, and as such what we do, consciously or not, has profound effect. The images I create are about life and the sheltering aspects of Nature - I focus on botanical forms and the abstracted spaces I find between individual branches and leaves. The paintings are sophisticated in terms of color and form and yet remain incredibly soothing and serene to look at.

My hope is that these works not only make us more aware of our everyday environment, but offer visual comfort and calm."

Jill Sykes is a painter living in Los Angeles, California. Her paintings have been featured in exhibitions throughout Southern California and across the country, including the Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Scape Gallery, El Camino College Art Gallery and The Brand Library and Art Center.

Jill's work is included in many private and corporate collections including Omgivning Architecture Interiors, Kelly Wearstler, Kovac Design Studios, Saks Fifth Avenue, W Hotel~ West Hollywood, CA, Bellagio ~ Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as many others.

'Victory Garden', oil on 4 panels, 30 x 46 ( overall ) inches

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Sykes completed her artist training at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Academy of Art / Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, California. Working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator in the fields of Film and Business Advertising, Animation and Educational Media, she created countless corporate logos and artist catalogs. Always a painter, in the late 1990's, Sykes enrolled at the Santa Monica School of Design, Art and Architecture. This led to her current work in oils and printmaking.


'CrissCross', diptych, acrylic on paper, 8.5 x 5.5 inches


'Amitin Palm' acrylic & gold leaf on panel, 12 x 12 inches


VIVA LA, one of 6 paintings that were printed to a 9 x 9 foot panel, inserted into windows that face out onto Pershing Square, in Downtown Los Angeles.

VIVA LA, the brand created to be the official icon for the City of Los Angles, unveils a stunning art show in Downtown LA's historic Pershing Square.

A 15 x 30 foot mural designed by Andre Miripolsky was installed on the corner of 5th Street and Olive. Miripolsky curated six local LA artists to each create an original canvas featuring the Viva LA logo - the ultimate collaborative moment. These art pieces are installed in the 9 x 9 foot exhibition aqueduct windows, lining Pershing Square. February 2021

Dwell Magazine - OM Home

Jill Sykes painting was featured in the cover image of an on-line article about a newly remodeled home in Mount Washington, an area northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Karin Liljegren, Omgivning Architecture/Interiors METROPOLIS (o/c, 55 x 51”) December 2020


Preliminary drawings and paintings for six, 12 x 12 inches paintings, done in oil on canvas. The paintings are works in progress.

Jill Sykes, in her studio.

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