Artist: Jill Lefkowitz

Painter Jill Lefkowitz chooses a variety of surfaces for her designs. We spoke to her about her style, and her future plans.


"About Face" by Jill Lefkowitz. See her artist profile at


ABI:  What has influenced the tribal look of your art?

JL:  The tribal look of my art originates from growing up with my uncle Saul Lefkowitz’s sculptures. His pieces appear to be sculpted from tribes originating from all over the world. My drawings and paintings reflect this, as I wanted my two-dimensional works to emerge as sculptures using abundant color.


"Pavarotti" by Jill Lefkowitz. See her artist profile at


Picasso also influences me. Not only because of his Cubist pieces, but also because of his African influenced paintings. These African influences in Picasso’s work are what interest me the most. When I studied painting at NYU, I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art frequently. I always found myself at the Michael C. Rockefeller wing, because of all the primitive tribal pieces. Absorbing the great artists that I saw at the Met, and other New York Museums is a great influence from past and present works.


"Mundo" by Jill Lefkowitz. See her artist profile at


ABI:  Why do you choose to paint on three-dimensional surfaces?

JL:  I love painting on three-dimensional surfaces. Some of my favorite objects to paint on are vases, lamps, barrels, and cylinders. I am currently painting a pair of women’s pumps. I’ve never tried this before.


"Totemic Animism #2 Elephant" by Jill Lefkowitz.See her artist profile at


When the inspiration hits me, I like to try and find new things to paint. For instance, I am currently exploring working on dress forms among other unusual items. Doing this satisfies me creatively. When it comes to painting on canvas, I create dimensions by using black outlines allowing the viewer to see my work as more than just a two-dimensional painting. For example, when I paint on barrels, the challenge is to paint on buckled and uneven wood that gives an additional dimension to the work. By painting on three-dimensional surfaces, the lines take shape in ways that aren’t represented on flat surfaces. If I only painted on canvases, my artwork wouldn’t be the same.


"Thinkers Vase" by Jill Lefkowitz. See her artist profile at



ABI:  How do you see your art evolving in the future?

JL:  I see my art evolving in the future as a series of three-dimensional stories. I am exploring the possibility of painting murals in living and commercial spaces. I am continually searching for new objects to paint.


"Trumpet Man" by Jill Lefkowitz. See her artist profile at


Furniture, I think, can be really exciting as a canvas, and a way to tell a story. I will be painting on old chairs in the near future. That is my passion – to find new items to be my canvas to explore my art.  Friends have asked me to paint their instruments. The chance to paint guitars and bongos is a great opportunity to expand my creativity with new functional surfaces that create another form of art.


"Zeenta" by Jill Lefkowitz. See her artist profile at


I am looking into the prospect of working with surfboard companies, to incorporate my original art for their boards. I have a wealth of ideas to take me to the next phase of my artistic adventures.


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