Sunday, February 10, 2019

Collaged Abstractions

N O W  S H O W I N G @ N E W S 

She's Not There by GJ Gillespie.  SOLD
Represented by Ryan James Gallery
Ryan James chose four works by GJ Gillespie for the Kirkland gallery's Subscription Program. Individuals or businesses may rent or purchase the art from the gallery. 

"She's Not There" by GJ Gillespie was SOLD.

Nature in Fiber Show
January 4 -- March 31, 2019
VALA Art Center in Kirkland
See three collages by GJ Gillespie

Something in the Way by GJ Gillespie.

Gillespie in Seattle Show

2 piece at Northwest Collage Society Winter Exhibit at Washington State Convention Center
in downtown Seattle.
January 12 to March 30, 2019. MORE

All Stitched Up Entry:
A Collaged Notebook of Postmodern Ancient Figures. 160 pages. In an Extra large Leda sketchbook.  

Gillespie Wins Award at Mercer Island Show. MORE  

Invisible Men by GJ Gillespie. 

Earth Angel by GJ Gillespie.
Collage. 22 x 17. 2018.
1.4 k impressions on Pinterest.

Earth Angel Show
See five GJ Gillespie Collages at Hurst Gallery in Kirkland.  

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by GJ Gillespie
Collage on canvas. 15 x 30 inches. 2018

Gillespie Wins Award at
Northwest Collage Society Show.

Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo
April 5 to June 30, 2018


A World of Our Own
by GJ Gillespie
80 x 30. 

In August 2017 Gillespie's art appeared in six shows in four cities, including Kirkland, Seattle, Bellevue and Roslyn. MORE

Horse with No Name by GJ Gillespie.

Smoke on the Water by GJ Gillespie. SOLD
The day before the end of the 2017 Northwest Collage Society Winter Show one of two Gillespie pieces sold.

"It is a highest honor for an artist to see his artwork not only accepted into a public show but to sell," said Gillespie from his studio in Kirkland.

The other work entitled "Horse Latitudes" received one of five awards in the show of 55 works by local collage artists.

ORDER YOUR OWN COPY of Smoke on the Water  mailed directly to your home

Gillespie featured artist November, 2016 in
Thought Notebook. 

Cover of Thought Notebook
Two pieces featured in June, 2016 issue Journal Thought Notebook. Also MORE

Desolation Row
19.5 x 14.5 inches. 

Double Honor

The GJ Gillespie collage "Circes House" won a Special Merit Award in the Light Space and Time City Scape online competition. The collage was among 80 pieces selected out of 478 entries.

In addition, a second city scape abstract work entitled "Desolation Row" earned a Special Recognition AwardYoutube slide show of winning art. MORE

GJ Gillespie's piece "Forever Young" was among 80 selected out of 760 entries for the Light Space and Time “Abstracts” 2015 Art ExhibitionSee the work at 2:30 minutes into the video of winning art.  The Light Space Time gallery received 760 entries from 23 different countries from around the world. "Forever Young" was also invited for the Fiber Fusion Show September - April, 2016.

In 2015 Gary Gillespie founded his own private label art supply company selling premium sketchbooks on Amazon.
Now 60,000 books later, the premium art journal company ranks among the top 1.5 percent of retailers with 500 five star reviews.
Sold throughout North America and Europe.

National Award Winner 
Mid American Review Art Contest

A piece by GJ Gillespie appeared in the 2015 May-June issue of the literary journal the Mid American Review (MAR). 

Of the three GJ Gillespie submissions the judge for the contest chose "Life Cycle" to accompany a story about a young farming couple dealing with the death of a child.   
MORE  here. 

 Forget All Your Troubles, Forget All Your Cares
by GJ Gillespie.

"Forget All Your Troubles" 
Congratulations to a GJ Gillespie fan in Shelton for purchasing this collage inspired by people walking in the city. 

"Kingdom Within" Honorable Mention in Mind Magazine's Imagination art contest.

Mind Magazine posts "Horse with No Name".


“Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind” 
Magdalena Abakanowicz
About GJ Gillespie 

Roman Statue of Young Boy
Art Institute of Chicago , GJ Gillespie
The cultural and natural world of the American northwest inspires my art. Living near Seattle and Redmond, Washington State exposes me to the creative trends of the world's most innovative minds. 

My art is a response to this rich social and spiritual environment.

The abstract expressionist masters who produced haunting images from this region are constant inspirations.

I enjoy the works of Mark Tobey. Northwest artists Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Emily Carr, Helmi Junvonen and Paul Horiuchi are favorites. My goal is to re-enact the feel of the Northwest Mystics. 

Sketching at the Getty Malibu in Los Angele

 The ethnographic designs of northwest native peoples, cave painting, Greek myths and statues and cryptic letters figure into my art.  

The artists I admire tap unconscious feelings of longing for existential meaning that emerge from cultural icons. In my view, abstraction should be more than pleasing design. Instead, art should evoke connotations that permit the viewer to experience a sense of wonder, awe and new perspectives of being.

While the forests, mountains, waterways and damp skies of the northwest inspire me, I am moved to create by the contemplation of beauty where ever I find it. 

I enjoy experimenting with various media such as watercolor, collage, encaustic and mixed media on paper, canvas and board. I find that the translucent effect of layering watercolor adds depth and metaphorical meaning. 

IDEAS for an abstract piece might appear in a dream. Inspiration also come by studying the works of the masters. Alfonso Ossorio, Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffman and Lee Krasner influence me.

Following an atemporal style, I sometimes copy the works of old master painters, giving my own take by making them into collages. 

Kurt Cobain by GJ Gillespie
In July 2014 I created a collage based on a 1640 painting by old master Jacob Jordaen of the myth of Prometheus. In the myth the gods severely punish Prometheus for giving fire to humans. Like the struggle of innovators trying to improve the human condition today, the story of Prometheus celebrates those who dare to defy convention. 

Between periods of art making I run an international art supply company that sells my own brand of sketchbooks on Amazon in seven countries.  Leda Arts Supply.

In July, 2017 Gillespie was invited to take part in the Ryan James Gallery Subscription Program. 


Purchase a GJ Gillespie original artwork and receive a complimentary Leda Art Supply sketchbook as our gift to you. Contact here.

“All that we see is vision, by generated organs gone as soon as come, permanent in the imagination.” -- William Blake

Man Disguised as Spirit by GJ Gillespie
Shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum
Order canvas print here

"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams."
-- Giorgio de Chirico

Past Shows
  • Kirkland. Tangled Up in Blue: Solo Works of GJ Gillespie, Hurst Library, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. Enjoy ten collages by the professor and artist from April 23 to July 14, 2015. See works here.  Directions.
  • Kirkland. Riddle: Collages of GJ Gillespie. 8 Works by GJ Gillespie at the Northwest University Hurst Library, Kirkland, WA September 14 to December 10, 2014. 
  • Kirkland. Parklane Gallery Show. Four works by GJ Gillespie were shown at the Parklane Gallery in Kirkland From September to November 2, 2014.  Parklane Gallery 130 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98033
  • Kirkland. Two works sold at Event to Benefit Syrian Refugees on Nov. 21. Students at Northwest University raised funds for victims of religious persecution in Syria which featured some works by GJ Gillespie. One of the pieces sold, Threshold #3, was recently shown at the Parklane Gallery Show (below). The other work sold was a 10 x 8 inch orange and blue abstract entitled Legacy
Shelter From the Storm by GJ Gillespie
  • Gillespie CENSORED! 
"Punishment of Prometheus", a collage by GJ Gillespie -- although accepted by the Northwest Collage Society for a show in Mukilteo -- was rejected by Mukilteo officials who felt it is offensive. The city refused that it be on the walls of the Rosehill Community Center. See it here. 
  • Kirkland. Works of GJ Gillespie.       
    11 paintings by GJ Gillespie on display at the Northwest University Hurst Library in Kirkland,
    WA. June 2 to September 8. Free. 

Collaged Abstractions