Friday, October 22, 2021

Northwest Collage Artist

"The artists that I admire tap feelings of awe that permit the viewer to experience new perspectives of being."
-- GJ Gillespie

N O W  S H O W I N G + N E W S 

She's Not There by GJ Gillespie.  SOLD

GJ Gillespie has appeared in the Kirkland, WA gallery's Subscription Program. 

Peggy Sue by GJ Gillespie.

In Parentheses, an online and print literary magazine, chose my collage "Peggy Sue" for the cover of Volume 7, Issue 2, Fall 2021. 

This is my sixth magazine cover!

Twist and Shout by GJ Gillespie. 
Editors of this literary and art journal based in San Francisco accepted 15 works
for publication. These collages made since 2014 will be paired with poems and stories in future issues.
Fresco #3 by GJ Gillespie

Unstamatic Magazine, a literary and art journal based in Montana, will publish "Fresco #3" in the next issue released October 30.


Odysseus by GJ Gillespie.

Volume 5, issue 2 will feature GJ Gillespie art including Odysseus, Carousel of Time, Cry Me a River. MORE

Set Fire to the Rain by GJ Gillespie.
5 pieces for call asking for images
concerning "birth, rebirth, renewal, restructuring, and transcendence."
Lone Mountain Literary Society is a collective of writers, editors, and artists based out of San Francisco, California. See art selected here.


Scapegoat Review, a literary journal. features "Series of Dreams" in fall 2021 issue. 


Vitat Regina (Queen Elizabeth)
by GJ Gillespie
Vitat Regina (Portrait of Queen Elizabeth) selected for ICONS, 2021 - Online Exhibition.

Dancer and Diver by GJ Gillespie. 
Beyond Words Magazine to publish "Dancer and Diver" in October 2021 issue.
If Not for You by GJ Gillespie.
Editors of this
New England based literary magazine will publish "If Not for You" and "Smoke on the Water".
Both pieces previously appeared in Washington state shows. "Smoke on Water" sold at the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds and "If Not for You" at the Ryan James Gallery in Kirkland and in
two other shows in Redmond and Kirkland.

Mr. Sandman by GJ Gillespie.

"We received around 150 submissions and ultimately selected 18 artists for the issue—so it goes without saying we were very impressed with your work. It's a privilege to publish such vivid and precise work."


Two Divided by Love by GJ Gillespie

"Two Divided by Love" September 2021 issue of Wild Roof Literary Journal ______________________
Invisible Men by GJ Gillespie. 

"Invisible Men" wins SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD in the Light, Space and Time online gallery summer 2021 exhibition.

Narcissus by GJ Gillespie.

Editors picked my cubist figure "Narcissus" for cover of literary journal The Lunch Break Zine, issue # 4, published by alternative music site Out to Lunch Records.
This is my fifth cover.
8 other pieces also appear.
Ghost Rider by GJ Gillespie. 

"Ghost Rider" chosen for cover art of Sunspot Literary Journal, Issue 2.
 See it now.


Fool If You Think It's Over by GJ Gillespie.
COVER ART "Fool If You Think It's Over" chosen for cover of inaugural issue of Literary Journal Kithe.

The Way You Look Tonight by GJ Gillespie.
COVER ART "The Way You Look Tonight" chosen for cover for issue 7 of Literary Journal Hey, I'm Alive. It has appeared in several shows in the Seattle area. 


"The Punishment of Prometheus" by GJ Gillespie.

"The Punishment of Prometheus" chosen as featured artwork for June edition of Prometheus Dreaming journal.
MORE about the piece.

Midnight Confessions by GJ Gillespie. SOLD.

OxMag -- other wise known as Oxford Magazine: a Midwestern Journal of Literature and Art -- publishes "Midnight Confessions".
Love Buzz by GJ Gillespie.

Literary Journal Mud City Review.

Six pieces. 
1. Angel of the Morning.
2. Love Buzz.
3. Forever Young.
4. Uncle Albert.
5. Rocking Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu.
6. Where is My Mind #3.


Where is My Mind by GJ Gillespie

Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, a literary journal from New England, publishes "Where is My Mind" in June issue.

Life Could be a Dream by GJ Gillespie
Button Eye Review, a literary journal, to publish "Life Could be a Dream."

I Can Only Imagine by GJ Gillespie.
Montana Mouthful, a literary journal, publishes "I Can Only Imagine". See it and another piece on page 13 and 43.

Colors of the Night by GJ Gillespie.

Literary journal 3Elements Review publishes "Colors of the Night." See page 31.

Never Comes the Day

"Never Comes the Day" in The Tempered Ruin Press quarterly Bluing the Blade --Volume 1, Number 1 -- December 2020.

A literary magazine, The Abstract Elephant Magazine published ten pieces in December, 2020. 

First Place Kaw Kaw
by GJ Gillespie 

AWARDS for Blue Girl Gallery Shows
First Place for Kaw Kaw
Honorable Mention for Life Cycle MORE

Choose Authentic by GJ Gillespie

Thought Art Magazine
3 GJ Gillespie pieces selected for current issue.


GJ Gillespie wins Honorable Mention in the Art Room Gallery online show for my collage "Forever Young".

MORE about the art

______________________________________ HONORABLE MENTION ART AWARD
My self portrait "Will You Still Need Me" won an award for the Grey Cube Gallery March 2020 contest.

Will You Still Feed Me (Self Portrait)


Old Timer by GJ Gillespie
Get Lost Sketching in the Woods by GJ Gillespie

WHOEVER SAID "stop and smell the roses" would appreciate the health craze called Forest Bathing.


Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying by GJ Gillespie
Collage on canvas. 15 x 30 inches. 2018
Art Award
Northwest Collage Society Show.
Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo
April 5 to June 30, 2018


Art Award
Gillespie Wins recognition at Mercer Island Show. 

MIdnight Confessions by GJ Gillespie.
Collage. 21 x 11.5. 2019. SOLD

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.

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

Gillespie featured artist November, 2016 in
Thought Notebook. 

Cover Art
Thought Notebook choses Kingdom Within for Cover of June issue. 

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

AWARDS for Blue Girl Gallery Shows
First Place for Kaw Kaw
Honorable Mention for Life Cycle MORE

Award at Mercer Island Show. 
The Child's Bath after Mary Cassatt
by GJ Gillespie

Award at Northwest Collage Society Show. Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo, WA.
April 5 to June 30, 2018 

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.

Inspired by an Ancient Love Story
Gillespie's Sketchbook Company     

In 2015 Gary Gillespie founded his own private label art supply company selling premium sketchbooks on Amazon.
Now 100,000 books later, the premium art journal company ranks among the top 2 percent of retailers with 500 five star reviews. Sold throughout North America, Europe and Japan. 
Other branded supplies were added to the product line. 

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. SOLD

"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".


 Mockingbird (Portrait of Eminem) by GJ Gillespie.
Mixed media collage. 14 x 11. 2020.
“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

The cultural and natural world of the American northwest inspires my art.  

Living in a 1928 farmhouse overlooking Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island (north of Seattle) is an inspiring setting for an artist. The abstract expressionist masters who produced haunting images from this region are constant inspirations.

Sketching at the Getty Malibu in Los Angele
In addition to the mid century "Northwest Mystics", ethnographic designs of native peoples, cave painting, Greek myths and statues and cryptic letters figure into my art.

Most of my designs are inspired by art history. 

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.

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. 
CAROUSEL OF TIME (portrait of Joni Mitchell) by GJ Gillespie

Between periods of art making I manage an international art supply company that sells my own brand of sketchbooks -- and other supplies -- throughout North America, Europe and Japan.  Leda Arts Supply.

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

“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 and Honors 
I Will Survive by GJ Gillespie

  • Oak Harbor, WA. SHELTER FROM THE STORM SHOW. 12 GJ Gillespie collages.
    Oak Harbor Public Library. September 3 to 28, 2021. MORE.
  • Starkville, Mississippi. "Time On Our Hands" Exhibit, Partnership Art Center. July 7 to Sept. 13, 2021.
  • Bellevue, WA. Pacific Regent Show. Three collages in this condo art show. November 2020 to February 2021. MORE 
    My self portrait "Will You Still Need Me" the Grey Cube Gallery March 2020 contest.
  • "Never Comes the Day" in The Tempered Ruin Press quarterly Bluing
    the Blade --Volume 1, Number 1 -- December 2020.
  • Bellevue, Pacific Regent Show 
    Three collages in this condo art show. November 5, 2020-- February 2021
  • AWARDS for Blue Girl Gallery Shows
    First Place for Kaw Kaw
    Honorable Mention for Life Cycle MORE
  • Bellevue, Pacific Regent Show
    Bellevue WA 
    Two pieces in this condo art show.
    No reception because of Covid. Starts June 15.
  • ART AWARD, Honorable Mention in the Art Room Gallery online show for my collage "Forever Young".MORE about the art

  • Kirkland, Art Class with Miha Sirani Mixed Media Creation at Kirkland Art Center.
  • Thought Art Magazine
    3 GJ Gillespie pieces selected for current issue.

  • Kirkland, Quantum Paint: a solo show by artist Crystal Edwards and curated by GJ Gillespie. 
  • Kirkland, 21 Century Women Show. Kirkland Art Center, June 20 -- Oct. 16, 2019. "The Way You Look Tonight" at the KAC.
  • Kirkland, Desperado Show5 abstract collages by GJ Gillespie at Hurst Gallery in Kirkland. August 20 -- October 10, 2019. More.
  • Kirkland, Surface Design In Full Swing Show, Hurst Gallery in Kirkland. May 30 to August 17, 2019. 
  • Kirkland, BEST OF KIRKLAND ART CENTER SHOW, May 11 -- June 16. "Shelter from the Storm." More. 
  • April Envision Arts Magazine, "Something in the Way" a mixed media collage on canvas by GJ Gillespie is featured as a pairing with a poem in the literary and art online magazine. See the poem and collage here.
  • Seattle, Northwest Collage Society Winter Exhibit at Washington State Convention Center. January 12 to March 30, 2019. MORE
  • Kirkland, Earth Angel Show, Hurst Gallery, December 8 to March 23, 2019  MORE   
  • 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
  • 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 Hurst Gallery in Kirkland,
    WA 2014.  

Northwest Collage Artist