Jill Greenberg

American, 1967–present

Greenberg’s photography combines her interest in portraiture, color, humor, and emotion and on occasion, the political.

Her work is built on a foundation of the study of drawing and painting, semiotics, and art history. Insights gained as a working photographer when directed back at her gallery work, allows for a deconstruction of the image politics at work in our culture where pictures have become the de facto universal language.  

Greenberg’s large-scale and expressive animal portraits, communicate our similarities with all living things. Through her analog studio portraiture, Greenberg captures both animals as well as children’s expressions, triggering similar emotions in the viewer. The painterly effects balance artificiality and authenticity, hence Greenberg’s portraits, especially the emotions she depicts, regardless of the subjects’ nature, become both credible and convincing.