Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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 

“FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal".
From December 3 to March 29, 2022. Phoenix Hotel, 1100 North Central Ave. Phoenix.
I Want to Know What Love Is by GJ Gillespie.
Mixed media collage on paper. 22 x 17.
September 27, 2021. ORDER DETAILS HERE

Nicely framed.
Ships internationally.

Please talk to the gallery for pricing info ORDER DETAILS HERE

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!



Dream in Your Pocket by GJ Gillespie.

Dear GJ: We are excited to accept the following images for publication in our next issue of DeLuge Journal:

- California Dreaming
- Dream in Your Pocket


Sue Scavo

deLuge Literary and Arts Journal

See art here



Sign of the Times by GJ Gillespie.
Mixed media collage on paper. 23 x 17. 2017.

"Searching for a Heart of Gold" and "Sign of the Times" now in issue 7 of this digital arts journal. More here.


Why Do Fools Fall in Love by GJ Gillespie.
Mixed media collage. 22 z 17. 2017.

Chosen for Publication by San Fransisco based literary 
magazine Chariot Press.
To appear spring 2022. 


Dying Gall by GJ Gillespie

Dear GJ Gillespie,
! This message confirms the acceptance of your submission to Mignolo Arts.
We would like to publish your piece, Dying Gall in our upcoming Issue No. 5: "Visual Art & Everything Else."
Thanks again.
Charly Santagado
Mignolo Arts



All Apologies by GJ Gillespie

Dear GJ Gillespie,
Thank you for sending us your work. After careful consideration, we are pleased to inform you that we would like to publish your pieces "All Apologies" and "Kiss the Sky" in the coming issue of Twyckenham Notes! We were struck by your work and would be honored to share it with the world.
Publication will be mid to late December 2021.
and welcome to Twyckenham Notes!
Austin Veldman, Editor



Earth Angel by GJ Gillespie

Dear GJ,

Thanks again for sending us Art of GJ GIllespie. We love Imitation of Life, Earth Angel, and Blue Eyes Crying. We would like to publish them in the Spring issue of NDR! 

Please note this is for acceptance in the Spring issue, rather than the upcoming Winter issue (due out in December). The Spring issue will be out in May 2022. Congratulations!

Thanks again for trusting us with your work. We can't wait to share it with our readers!


Erin Little

New Delta Review

See the art here



Smoke on the Water by GJ Gillespie.

From editors of Camas, a literary and art magazine based at the University of Montana.
Dear GJ,
! We would like to officially select 'Smoke On the Water' for the Winter 2021 issue of Camas. We were awed by your piece and are honored to offer it a place to nest.
Thank you again for your submission - we can't wait to share your work with our readers!
Zoey Greenberg and Paulina Jenney
Senior Editors, Camas Magazine



Legacy #3 by GJ Gillespie. 
My college will appear in Apricity, the official literary and art journal for the University of Texas at Austin. From the editor:
Hi GJ, Thank you for submitting your work to Apricity! We are honored to say we have accepted Legacy #3 for online publication. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to appreciate your art!
Your piece is eligible to be featured in Apricity's 5th print edition, which will be released in Spring 2021. We will notify you should we select your artwork to be printed!
SaiPranav Gurijala
Visual Arts Editor
Apricity Magazine


Summertimes Blues by GJ Gillespie. 
Houston based art, film and literature journal to publish: 
Lucky Man, Nike, Broken, You Were On My Mind and Summertimes Blues. 

See images.

Kingdom Within
by GJ Gillespie.
NORTHWEST ART AND LITERARY JOURNAL to publish 4 pieces: Kingdom Within, Something in the Way, The Way You Look Tonight and Midnight Confessions -- previously published by other journals -- will appear in November 2021 issue of Subjectiv.
"Subjectiv is an independent online journal promoting the visual and literary arts in the Pacific Northwest. Published seasonally, the journal features art, photography, poetry, flash fiction and creative nonfiction. We are especially interested in sharing unusual, innovative work with our readers."

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.


If I Loved You by GJ Gillespie. 

Editors of this University of Baltimore literary and art journal choose three collages by GJ Gillespie for publication in December 2021 and next year: 

I think I Love You, If I Loved You and Sing in the Sunshine. 

See the art here. 

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.
ART ACCEPTED FOR LONE MOUNTAIN LITERARY JOURNAL 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. 

Punishment of Prometheus by GJ Gillespie.

"The Punishment of Prometheus" chosen as featured artwork for June edition of Prometheus Dreaming journal.


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. https://issuu.com/montanamouthful/docs/mmv4iss2iss

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
She's Not There by GJ Gillespie.  SOLD

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

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 Amazon.com 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

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 Angeles
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.

“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