Jim Mills is a painter, sculptor, and fine arts craftsman. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia to a Navy family, he spent his youth traveling the world including stops in Italy and Newfoundland. He received a BA in Art from Virginia Tech and a Certificate of Accomplishment from the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. He went on to become the Head of the Resin Department at the Johnson Atelier for five years where he worked on projects for Georgia O’Keefe, Francesco Clemente, Robert Morris, and J. Seward Johnson Jr. among others. He then started his own mold making and casting business, Sculpture Cast, from his studio in Roosevelt, New Jersey. His lists of clients include Julian Schnabel, George Segal, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Stern. His cast projects have appeared in Time Magazine, Progressive Architecture, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. He has been involved in the architectural restoration of such prestigious historical hallmark buildings as Trinity Church, Carnegie Hall, and The Woolworth Building in New York City, The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, and The Pulaski Monument in Savannah, Georgia. Sports museum projects include numerous life size castings for the new Yankee Stadium and for the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
While exercising his mold making and casting talents, Mr. Mills pursues his own personal aesthetic and artistic vision through painting and sculpture. He has shown at numerous galleries and museums in New Jersey, Atlanta, and Miami. He has received awards for his paintings, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts sculpture grant, and commissions for monumental sculpture.
Applying oil on canvas, panel, and paper with brushes and putty knives, his most recent work includes fifty paintings in oil on paper and large-scale paintings on canvas informed by Mills' early experiences with the sea, European art, and classical music.