Friday, February 2, 2018

Collaged Abstractions

N O W  S H O W I N G @ N E W S 

Represented by Ryan James Gallery
On July 14, Ryan James chose four works by GJ Gillespie for the Kirkland gallery's Subscription Program. Individuals or businesses may rent the art or purchase one more from the gallery. MORE
Invisible Men by GJ Gillespie

Three Works Accepted for Twisp, WA Show 

April 21 -- May 18, 2018
Confluence Gallery and Art Center
104 Glover Street
Twisp, WA 98856


Mad World Show
See five Gillespie collages at Hurts Gallery in Kirkland
Now until March 30, 2018. 

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


In August 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 business selling  sketchbooks on Amazon.

Now 30,000 books later, the premium art journal company ranks among the top 2 percent of retailers with 500 five star reviews. 

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 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. The next day I set out to capture the dream-world image (or at least the feel of it). Inspiration also come by studying the works of the masters. Alfonso Ossorio, Arshile Gorky and Lee Krasner influence me.

Developing my atemporal style, I sometimes copy the works of 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. 

When I am not creating art I run my own art supply company that sells private label sketchbooks on Amazon. Leda Arts Supply.

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


AND 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