Friday, February 16, 2024

Northwest Collage


See six abstract collages by GJ Gillespie

January 27 to March 2, 2024

Hurst Gallery
Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

It was an honor to take part in the "Sights and Sound Exhibition" at Yavapai College in Arizona.
Forever Young by GJ Gillespie. 

On December 5 at 7 PM (Mountain time) my collages "Forever Young" and "If Not For You" were digitally displayed alongside an orchestra performing melodies like 'American Landscape', and 'The Winter Storm'.

November 20
Dear GJ Gillespie,
Congratulations! Your artwork has been accepted to exhibit at the Yavapai College (Arizona) Prescott Art exhibition Sights and Sounds.
On behalf of Yavapai College Prescott Art Gallery and the Art Department, we want to thank you for responding to our Call to Artists.
Your participation helps to ensure the exhibition of a diverse body of work from which our students can learn and develop their own creative practice. Thank you again for your submission and the opportunity to exhibit your work.
Bryan Robertson
Visual Art Department Chair and Professor of Art, Yavapai College.


5 days of art making at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Research Labs Oct 3 -- 7, 2023.
This is the fourth time we've taken advantage of this creative opportunity.
See art and camera roll here

PODCAST INTERVIEW of Artist GJ Gillespie with host Caroline Italia Carlson.

August 2023
Watch or listen to the podcast!

The interview is live on as well as Apple Podcasts and all the major podcast apps.

Links to the show notes pages of your specific episodes:
First segment.
Second segment. 


My Interview with Caroline. 


Art in Phoenix Show
Two GJ Gillespie collages in the "Sleeping with the Artists" Show at the Found:RE Gallery. "Twelve Graces" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" will be for sale to guests staying at the Phoenix Hotel until June 2025.

GJ Gillespie art accepted in 130+ literary and art journals.
Publications VITA here 

To publish "Whistler Portobello Cafe Breakfast" and "Social Grounds” -- quick drawings I made in one of the Leda Art Supply sketchbooks. 

Social Grounds by GJ Gillespie.

February 16, 2024
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for your submission for our upcoming journal issue: Coffee, Tea, Cocoa

We have accepted your work for publication. 

This journal issue will be released on March 1. You will be emailed the digital edition on that day, and you will have the opportunity to purchase a printed edition, if you wish.

We are always pleased to find great work to include in our publication. Thank you again!

Best wishes,

Christine Cote
Shanti Arts
Still Point Arts Quarterly


Editors of Augusta University's premiere literary magazine accept two of my collages.

February 7, 2024 
Where Do You Go To My Lovely by GJ Gillespie.

Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for submitting your art to Sand Hills Literary Magazine. We are in love with your piece; your unique style and creativity are exactly what we are looking for. Please let us know if "Woman Scanned" and “Where Do You Go To My Lovely” are still available, as we would be honored to include them in our upcoming issue.

Congratulations and thank you again for sharing your work with us. We look forward to showcasing your artwork and working with you to produce the next issue of Sand Hills Literary Magazine.

Thank you,
Sand Hills Staff
Sand Hills Literary Magazine


This Sarah Lawrence College MFA program publication will publish my collage "Great Cloud" in the spring issue. 

Great Cloud by GJ Gillespie.

February 5, 2024
Dear GJ,

Thank you for submitting to the Visual Arts call at Lumina! We are delighted to inform you that your piece “Great Cloud” has been selected for publication in our next issue! 

Our editors were blown away by the quality of the submissions in this round and your work stood out amongst all of them. We would be honored to offer it a place in our journal. 

As we start putting together our upcoming issue, we might reach out to you with any suggested edits or further queries. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at

Once again, thank you for your submission! We are so happy to have your art illuminate this issue of Lumina. 

We wish you all the best for all your creative endeavors in the future.


The Lumina Team
Lumina Literary Arts Journal



Editors of this Kansas University literary journal selected my collages Ozymandias #1 and #2 for publication! 
This is my 135th art publication. 
Ozymandias #1 by GJ Gillespie. 

Mon, Jan 29, 2024
Dear GJ,

Thank you for sending us your artwork, especially "Ozymandias #1" and "Ozymandias #2." We loved them and would like to publish them in our next issue of LandLocked. If "Ozymandias #1" and "Ozymandias #2" are still available, please complete the attached publication contract, including a short (50 word max) third-person author bio, within the next ten (10) days, if possible. Thanks again, and we look forward to publishing your work in our magazine!

Warm regards,

Alex Crayon & The LandLocked Editorial Team

LandLocked Magazine
KU Graduate Creative Writing Program | English Dept.
Wescoe Hall, 3001
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Cherish by GJ Gilelspie. 

To publish my collage "Cherish".

January 17, 2024
Dear GJ, 

Thank you for sending us "Cherish". The selection committee loved it, and we at The Third Street Review would like to publish it in one of our upcoming issues (either winter or spring ).

I will contact you directly before we go live to see if any changes or updates are needed. In the meantime, please confirm that it is still available.


Rina Palumbo Editor-in-Chief,  
The Third Street Review

Published "Invisible Men" by GJ Gillespie.This piece previously won an award for the 2017 Northwest Collage Society Summer show. 

Invisible Men by GJ Gillespie. 

January 11, 2024
I am pleased to tell you that Antler Velvet's first publication, The Fawn Edition, is now live!
You can read it here

Thank you for your interest in Antler Velvet and for giving us the chance to feature your lovely work!

Kind regards,

Dorian Winter
Editor-In-Chief & Founder
Antler Velvet

To publish "Headwaters' in Spring 2024 issue.

January 2, 2024 
Headwaters by GJ Gillespie. 

Dear GJ Gillespie,
I hope this message finds you well, and Happy New Year!
It's my honor and pleasure to share some exciting news: your submission to Quibble has been selected for publication in our inaugural volume, Ripple. Congratulations!

Your piece - "Headwaters" has truly impressed and stood out as an exceptional craft. We can't wait to help it be shared!

Thank you sincerely for contributing and giving Quibble the opportunity to champion your work - we can't wait to share your creativity and perspective with our audience.

Congratulations on your win, and I look forward to our work together! If you have any questions or need further assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Garrett Souliere

Managing Editor
Quibble Lit

Desperado by GJ Gillespie
January 2,2024.

My abstract collage "Desperado" was selected for the Ekphrastic Art Challenge presented by the esteemed Rattle Literary Magazine.

This special monthly challenge pairs visual art with poetry - the image I submitted will serve as inspiration for poems by Rattle's creative community.

Two winning poets (chosen by myself and Rattle's editor) will have their writings published online next to "Desperado".

As the artist, I'll help pick which poem or poems I feel best resonate with and enhance the essence of my artwork.

Thrilled for this cross-disciplinary opportunity at the intersection of the literary and visual arts worlds. Follow along in coming weeks to see the fruitful collaboration!

Check out the challenge here:
About the art
To publish "All I Ask of You."
This is my 130th publication.

December 12, 2023 

All I Ask of You by GJ Gillespie. 
Dear GJ,

Thank you for sending your art to december. We enjoyed your images and would be delighted to publish "All I Ask of You" on our website and/or social media accounts.

Please let us know that you've received this acceptance and that your work is available for publication.

We appreciate the support implicit in your submission and look forward to sharing your work with our readers!

All my best,

Isabelle Stillman, Editor

December Magazine

Editor chooses 2 of my collages for covers!  "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Time Is On My Side"
 featured in upcoming issues of this literary journal. 
Time Is On My Side by GJ Gillespie. 

This will be my 14th and 15th cover! 

December 11, 2023
Dear GJ,
Thank you for entrusting your submission to Passionfruit.
I love all three of these pieces - I would be delighted to use both 'I've Got Time On My Side' and 'I Want to Know What Love Is' as cover pieces for upcoming issues of The Passionfruit Review, if they are still available. 

I will be in touch to let you know when they go live!

All best,

Katherine, Editor
Passionfruit Review

To publish my collages "Searching for a Heart of Gold"and "Good Morning Mr. Sunshine." 
Good Morning Mr. Sunshine by GJ Gillespie.

December 7, 2023
Dear GJ,

Thank you for your submission to Apricity Press. We’re delighted to say we’ve selected Searching for a Heart of Gold  and Good Morning Mr. Sunshine for inclusion in our ninth issue. 

We tend to publish our issues in May 2024, and we’ll be in touch again closer to the completion of this issue. If you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Congratulations and thank you for your trust in Apricity!


Mira Mason-Reader, Editor-in-Chief 

This Michigan State University literary journal accepts two collages for Spring 2024 issue! 

Winked, Blynken and Nod by GJ Gillespie.

December 4, 2023
Dear GJ:

On behalf of the editors at Red Cedar Review, we are pleased to inform you that the following three images from your submission has been accepted for publication in Issue 59.1 for Spring 2024: "Winked, Blynken and Nod," and "Friends in Your Head."

We greatly enjoyed viewing your work and believe it will be a strong addition to our issue.

Congratulations again on your acceptance into Red Cedar Review! We look forward to working with you.

Red Cedar Review Editorial Staff

To publish my collage in upcoming issue. 
Lay Lady Lay #3 by GJ Gillespie. 

December 3, 2023 

Dear GJ Gillespie, 

Thank you for submitting to Cosmic Daffodil Journal! Our team enjoyed looking over your submission; we are pleased to inform you that your piece "Lay Lady Lay #3" has been accepted. Congratulations! We look forward to having your work in our upcoming edition. THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS will go live on February 1st, 2024.

~ Happy Holidays ~

Madi & Jen
Cosmic Daffodil Journal

To publish my collages "The Warmth of Other Suns" and "Lonely is the Night" in upcoming issue. This is my 125th art publication. 
The Warmth of Other Suns by GJ Gillespie.

November 30, 2023
Dear GJ,
Congratulations! We would like to officially select "The Warmth of Other Suns" and "Lonely is the Night" for the Winter 2023 issue of Camas. We were awed by your piece and are honored to offer it a place to land.

Thank you again for your submission - we can't wait to share your work with our readers! Warmly,

Priya Subberwal and Meghan Daly

Senior Editors, Camas Magazine


Editors have chosen my collage "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" for the Cover of this print literary journal! 
Shine On You Crazy Diamond by GJ Gillespie

This is my 12th magazine cover.
4 other journals later wanted it but Willows got it first. 

November 24, 2023
Dear GJ,

Thanks so much for sharing your work with us. I’d love to include “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” as the cover art for our upcoming winter issue. Our plan is to release this issue on or around December 16, so I’ll be in touch with digital proofs for you to review in the first days of December.

Troy, Editor
Willows Wept Review

To publish my artwork "Lone Survivor" in upcoming issue. 
Lone Survivor by GJ Gillespie. 

November 22, 2023
Dear GJ,

First, thank you for considering Loud Coffee Press with your submission!

We would be thrilled to publish Lone Survivor (made with coffee). in our upcoming winter issue due January 31st, 2024.

Thanks for being a part of the Loud Coffee Press family! Let us know if you have any questions!

Kind regards,

-Fred Charles and Annie James Thomas, editors

Loud Coffee Press

IG: @loudcoffeepress

Twitter: @loudcoffeepress 

To publish my collage "Temptation of Saint Anthony #2".
Temptation of Saint Anthony #2 by GJ Gillespie.

This is the second time I've appeared in Welter. In March my art was chosen for the cover of the annual print edition.

November 16

The Welter Team has reviewed your piece "The Temptation of Saint Anthony #2" and it’s with great delight that we extend our acceptance of your work to be housed on our Welter Magazine website. Please let us know as soon as possible if the art is still available to publish.

Thank you for submitting your piece, and congratulations once again!

The Welter Team


To publish my collage "Green Goddess". 

November 13, 2023 

Green Goddess by GJ Gillespie. 

Hello GJ,

Thank you for sending some more of your work to us. I am glad to inform you that your piece titled " Green Goddess" has been accepted for publication. Congratulations!

We are currently placing work in our Issue #24, which is scheduled for a Jan. release. In addition, we will include the bio statement you have provided. 

In the meantime, you may check out our new November issue and podcast episode at

Thank you for sharing your work with us. 


Aaron Lelito, Editor in Chief

Wild Roof Journal


To publish "Opening the Fifth Seal." Mixed media collage and encaustic wax on board. 20 x 16 x 1.5. 2023. 

Opening the Fifth Seal by GJ Gillespie. 

November 12, 2023 
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for sending us your art submission. We love it and would like to publish "Opening the Fifth Seal in the spring issue of Scapegoat Review. Please in the future, wait a quarter before sending in new work. We try to publish people no more than twice yearly. That being said, we love your work.

Thanks again. 


Erika Lutzner
Scapegoat Review

To publish my collage "Man Who Fell to Earth" in an upcoming issue.
November 8, 2023 The editor asked me to write an Artist Statement about the piece:
Man Who Fell to Earth by GJ Gillespie

My collage “Man Who Fell to Earth” depicts a cryptic figure seemingly falling through a fragmented space. Stark black outlines and ink splatters create a visceral composition filled with movement and uncertainty. Alternative titles like “The Fall of Man” came to mind, as the piece evokes an allegorical descent, the unraveling of order into chaos. Yet any discernible meaning remains ambiguous.
I often use collage to explore existential themes abstractly, distilling ephemeral emotions into an enigmatic visual form. As an artist, I seek to tap into the unconscious realm of symbols, dreams, and memories. My goal is to create images that resonate on a deeper level, conjuring a sense of mystery that allows viewers to superimpose their own interpretations and past experiences.
Many of my works reference art history, combining cut-up visual fragments as a metaphor for the fluidity of meaning over time. I incorporate varied materials like colored tissue, newspaper clippings, and grocery ads as a nod to pop art's use of the everyday. But I seek to imbue these mundane elements with a haunting psychological weight.
While abstraction may conceal definitive narratives, it can uncover truths through pure sensation that resonate on a deeper human level. My aim is to create work that lingers in the mind like fading memories or dreams, moving the viewer in inexplicable ways. If my art can provide glimpses into that ineffable realm beyond words, I have accomplished my goal as an artist. -- GJ GILLESPIE, artist

To publish two GJ Gillespie collages: "Horizons" and "Siren's Whistle".

Siren's Whistle by GJ Gillespie.

October, 22, 2023
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you so much for your submission to the Talon Review.  We would be honored to feature, "Horizons" and "Siren's Whistle" in our upcoming issue, which is currently set to debut December 1st. Please let us know if these artworks are still available. 


Natasha Kane, Editor in Chief

Talon Literary Review
Creative Writing at University of North 

Animals I've Trapped
by GJ Gillespie. 

"Animals I've Trapped" by GJ Gillespie accepted for publication by Dream Noir Magazine. 

October 17, 2023 

Hello GJ Gillespie,
Thanks again for submitting your work to Dream Noir Magazine. I am pleased to inform you that your piece Animals I've Trapped has been accepted! Dream Noir typically posts your work within two weeks or less.
Day Sibley,
Founding Editor of Dream Noir Magazine


To publish my collage "And I Think to Myself"-- recently made during San Juan Island residency. 

Oct 12, 2023

Dear GJ,

I want to sincerely thank you for sharing your marvelous art with us.

And I think to Myself by GJ Gillespie. 

We would be thrilled to include "And I Think to Myself" in our upcoming issue! The issue will be published online (free to access) on November 15, 2023 at 9am PT. The print version of the issue will be available for purchase on Amazon the following day.

Please let me know if you're still interested in having your work published in Arboreal.

Warmest regards,

Chad M. Crabtree

Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder

Arboreal Literary Magazine


To publish "Lion Hearted Man #2".

October 3, 2023

Dear GJ Gillespie, 

Lion Hearted Man #2 by GJ Gillespie. 

Congratulations! This message confirms the acceptance of your submission to Quibble.Lit's Issue 12, outlook/lookout

The names of the pieces we would like to publish: "Lion Hearted Man 2"

and "Taco Supreme #5".

The planned launch for outlook/lookout. is October 20th.

Please provide any social media links, websites, or anything else we can plug for you.

This issue is going to be spectacular, and all the better for your contribution!

Please consider following us on social media. Congratulations again, and make sure to promote your win!

I will be in touch with updates, and anything else that may come up. Thanks again.


Garrett Souliere





To publish "Going to the Sun" in upcoming issue. 

ct. 1, 2023 

Dear GJ,

Congratulations! This message confirms the acceptance of your submission to Variant Literature. We are excited to feature your work!


Thank you for providing Variant Literature with the opportunity to consider some of your work. This email shall serve as official notice that Variant Literature Inc is acquiring first-time electronic publication rights for the following work:

“Going to the Sun”.


Your work will be placed in Variant Literature Issue 15. This volume will be made available electronically in October, 2023. All rights revert to the author upon publication.


We'll be paying $10 per piece. 


Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 




The Editors
Variant Literature


To publish 4 of my collages for their "weird dreams" call!
Under the Patio,
Under the Patio by GJ Gillespie.

in an upcoming issue.

September 25, 2023
Dear GJ,
Congratulations, we are so dam excited to publish your gorgeous pieces under the patio, kurt cobain..., moon woman, and what the world needs..., in the Prompt Blog Series of Beaver Magazine!
Please let us know as soon as possible if your marvelous work is still available. Beaver Magazine does retain First North American Serial and Rights.
Thank you for trusting us with your work, we look forward to hearing back from you!
Haley and Ellery, Editors

The beaver is a keystone species that shaped the United States water systems and kept the healthy flow of biodiverse ecosystems. We strive to follow the beaver’s example in enhancing interconnectivity and diverse community through creative mediums.

Raft of Medusa by GJ Gillespie
Accepts two collages for the print issue! 

Sept. 8, 2023
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for submitting to Gasher! We thoroughly enjoyed your submission and would like to publish "Only Time Will Tell" and "Raft of Medusa" in our AFTER issue of Gasher Journal.

Please email back with confirmation that this submission is still available and written permission to publish the work in our print issue. Confirmation of this acceptance agrees to American First-Serial Rights for the work.


Genevieve Hartman and Sydney Ewerth,
Art Editors,Gasher Journal


Time of Your Life by GJ Gillespie. 


Will publish my collage "Time of Your Life" in the September issue.

September, 3 2023
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for sending us "Time of Your Life" and "Taco Supreme #2" We love these and want to publish them in the "Casserole" issue of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, due for release September  9th.
Thanks again,

Elizabeth and Mark

Editors of the literary journal Making Waves: A West Michigan Review picked my collage "Man Who Sold the World #3" as cover!
Man Who Sold the World #3 by GJ Gillespie.

This is my eleventh cover.
August 15, 2023
Dear Gary,
After careful consideration and unanimous agreement from our editorial board, we are excited to let you know that we've have chosen your artwork, "Man Who Sold the World," to be featured on the cover of our upcoming fall 2023 issue of Making Waves: A West Michigan Review.
The depth, symbolism, and technical achievement exhibited in your work was truly exceptional. We feel like it embodies the spirit of our publication and will undoubtedly draw readers' attention to the essence of the issue.
In addition to featuring your artwork on the cover and bio, if you have a website URL or social media handle that you would like shared, please let us know. We want to ensure that our readers have the opportunity to explore more of your artwork.
Thank you once again for your contribution to Making Waves. We are honored to showcase your talent and share your artistic vision with our readers. We look forward to the release of the fall issue and the positive impact your artwork will have on our audience.
Warm regards,
Nicole Birkett
Editor in Chief

To publish "Oak Leaf Visions #7". This in place collaged photograph was made as part of an art residency at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA August 2022.
August 6th 2023
"Congratulations! We enjoyed reviewing your submission and have accepted the piece titled "Oak Leaf Visions #7" for publication in The Closed Eye Open's special themed issue on Meditation. The issue is planned for online release in late summer.
Thank you for sharing your work with us,
Daniel Morgan, Editor

To publish two GJ Gillespie Collages and selected one for the cover! 
Lay Lady Lay #1 by GJ Gillespie

August 1, 2023

Dear GJ,

Thank you so much for submitting your work. We truly enjoyed the collection and would love to use "Lay Lady #1" and "Lay Lady #2 in Issue 10! 

Please send a brief 1st person artist's statement pertaining to each particular piece.

Best, and congratulations!

Fauxmoir Editors

Read artisti statement.


To publish Personages #10 by GJ Gillespie. This is based on a statue at the Chicago Art Institute that I sketched and the writing is classical Chinese poetry on rice paper. 

Personages #10 by GJ Gillespie. 

July 18, 2023
Dear GJ Gillespie,


After finalizing our review, we are thrilled and honored to accept your art submission "Personages #10" to Cool Beans Lit. Your image will be included in our next issue scheduled for publication in the fall.

Thank you again for your valuable contribution. Your art piece is a perfect fit with our editorial focus. It is visually stunning and unique.

Please visit our website and Subscribe to our newsletter announcing all of the latest updates on publication dates, recent happenings and events. Similarly, you can follow us on social media linked below.

Contact us if you have any questions, GJ. Thank you!


JL Stagner, Lead Editor

Cool Beans Lit



Close Connection to My Heart #2"

To publish Close Connection to My Heart #2, Mixed media collage, 22 x 17. 2018.

July 16, 2023. 
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for sending us your visual art submission.

We love it and would like to publish "Close Connection to My Heart #2" in the winter issue of Scapegoat Review.

Thanks again. 


Erika Lutzner

Scapegoat Review


To publish "Lion Hearted Man #3" in online and print editions.

July 14, 2023 

Lion Hearted Man #3 by GJ Gillespie.
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Congratulations! This message confirms the acceptance of your work, "Lion Hearted Man," to Sunspot Literary Journal. We will pass on the other image.

We ask for first publication rights. 

In order to slot your work into the next edition of Sunspot Lit, please complete the agreement within 5 calendar days. 

Once the agreement is complete, your work/s will be scheduled to appear in our next digital edition. Each quarter's edition, along with prior quarterly editions, can be downloaded free by visiting and going to the Editions tab.

Your work will also appear in our annual print edition.
You can preorder the 2023 edition, which includes shipping to US addresses, here:

Thanks again for being part of Sunspot! 

You are welcome to submit something new for our current open call


LC, Editor

Sunspot Lit


To publish two collages. 
When the Stars Begin to Fall #2 by GJ Gillespie. 

July 10, 2023
Hi GJ, 

On behalf of Dark Onus Lit, we would like to offer acceptance to "When the Stars Begin to Fall" and "Ghosts" for Issue 4 acceptance, if they are still available. Congratulations! 

I don't have an ETA on Issue 4 yet, but likely early fall. 


Erric Emerson 
Editor in Chief 
Dark Onus Lit | Dark Onus Press
Read my interview in Dark Onus.

To publish three GJ Gillespie collages.
This is the second time my art was picked by this art journal. Last time (see below) a piece was used as cover art. 
Threshold #12 by GJ Gillespie. 

July 7, 2023
Dear GJ,


We would like to invite you to participate in Red Noise Collective’s Online Gallery Exhibition entitled, “NOISE.” With your permission, we would like to include the following pieces that you submitted in the exhibition: "Personage #25," "Crazy About You," and "Threshold #12."


“Noise” will run from 7/31/23-11/30/23. 


We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.



Olivia Pridemore


Red Noise Collective

To publish three collages. 

July 4th, 2023
Dear GJ Gillespie,

Thank you for sending us: 

Stop In the Name of Love by GJ Gillespie.
20 x 20 x 1.75. 2019.
Mixed media collage on canvas. 
"Stop In the Name of Love."
"A Song for You."
"I Dreamed a Dream."
We love them and would like to publish them in the Summer 2023 issue of Barzakh Magazine. 

Please confirm that these pieces are still available for publication, and if so, please send along a JGP, a list of the titles, size dimensions (in inches), date, and material. 

Finally, make sure to include your social media handles (if you're on social media)! We will be posting some of the pieces from the new issue to our social media accounts (@barzakhmag) before and after the launch of the issue, and we'd love to tag you in them! 

We will follow up with a proof for you to review prior to the publication of the issue on our website soon.

Thanks again, and all the best!

Christy O'Callaghan, Editor

Barzakh Magazine

Quartet #3 will appear on the cover of the next print edition of this literary and art 
This will be my 10th cover. See cover here. 

 Editors will also publish my collage "Ode to Billy Joe" online on march 15. 
Quartet #3 by GJ Gillespie. 

March 12, 2023
Hi GJ!

We're thrilled that you submitted more work to Red Noise Collective and would love to publish "Ode to Billy Joe" on Wednesday, March 15th. Please let us know if you would like to be featured in the promotional post again.

After some discussion, we would also like to consider using "Quartet #3" as the cover art for our upcoming print journal.

Your style is so aligned with the core mission of Red Noise that we feel it would be a great fit. We would also like to offer a $100 honorarium for the use of the image and credit on the title page of the journal.

Thanks again for sharing your work with us, and please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.


Olivia Pridemore
Red Noise Collective

See cover art 


California Dreaming by GJ Gillespie.

DeLudge Journal  
Fall/ Winter 2021
This is my seventh cover! 

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 Also we are using California Dreaming as the cover!


Sue Scavo

deLuge Literary and Arts Journal

See art 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. 

Art by GJ Gillespie accepted for publication in 130+ literary and art journals. 
About GJ Gillespie 

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

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.

Larger pieces range from $340 TO $1000.  
Framing and shipping is available.
HD Prints
Leda sketchbook with every purchase upon request. 


Contact here.  


Leda Sketchbooks: more than 5000 positive Amazon reviews!

I founded Leda Art Supply in 2016.
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“All that we see is vision, by generated organs gone as soon as come, permanent in the imagination.” -- William Blake



My submission to ZO Magazine's "Touch of Blue Expo" contest won first place in the Cubism division. The prize includes a $120 honorarium.
This is my 20th art award. 
Horse Of Course
by GJ Gillespie. 

January 20, 2023
Hi GJ,

Thank you so much for submitting to ZO Magazine's Touch of Blue Expo! Your entry "Horse of Course" is our 1st Place Winner for the Blue Expo Cubism category. All entries can be seen at the Blue Expo link below. We are giving an honorarium for this category win of $120.

Again, Congratulations and thanks for inspiring us and our viewers!

Warm regards,
Bonita for the ZO Team

Bonita Zeier | River Alexander | Concept Director
ZO Magazine Touch of Blue Expo

Watch my interview with Zo magazine. 
GJ Gillespie wins Honorable Mention in the Art Room Gallery online show for my collage "Forever Young".

MORE about the art

________________________ SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD For "Windmills of Your Mind." GJ Gillespie wins an award for his entry in the Summer 2022 Exhibition of the online Light Space and Time Gallery. See winning art video here.

______________________________________ 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)


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. 

"Invisible Men" wins SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD in the 
Light, Space and Time online gallery summer 2021 exhibition. 
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 cityscape abstract work entitled "Desolation Row" earned a Special Recognition AwardYoutube slide show of winning art. MORE 

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

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.


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.
MORE about the Cascadia Art Museum show.

"Kingdom Within" 
Honorable Mention
Mind Magazine's Imagination 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. 

Get Lost Sketching in the Woods by GJ Gillespie
WHOEVER SAID "stop and smell the roses" would appreciate the health craze called Forest Bathing.


The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning.”-- Wassily Kandinsky

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

Vitat Regina (Queen Elizabeth) by GJ Gillespie.
Collage on canvas. 12 x 12 x .75. 2020. SOLD.

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. 

Get Lost Sketching in the Woods by GJ Gillespie

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


Old Timer by GJ Gillespie


 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


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 
  • Kirkland, WA. Camouflage: a Show of 6 Abstract Figures by GJ Gillespie
    August 1 to October 15, 2023. Hurst Gallery, Northwest University. 5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033. MORE. 
  • Woodinville, WA. MOLBAK'S SIP AND STROLL ART SHOWThree GJ Gillespie collages at Woodinville Arts Association juried event. 

    October 20th-22nd, 2023. MORE 

    Molbaks Nursery 

  • Kirkland, "COLLAGED CREATIONS"  A Show of Six Abstract Landscapes by GJ Gillespie. April 17 -- August 26, 2023
    Hurst Gallery
    Northwest University
    5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
  • 22 Collaged Celebrities by GJ Gillespie 
    April 29 to June 18, 2023 
  • La Conner, WA. ART UP FOR AUCTION "Oak Leaf Pioneer #3" shown as part
    of the Museum of Northwest Art's annual fundraiser in La Conner, WA.
  • Langley, Canada, Civic Center April 12 to May 23, 2023. More.
  • Kirkland, WA. Fallen Stars Show, Hurst Gallery, 21 portraits. January 16 to April 14, 2023. MORE

  • Application to stay at University of Washington's Whiteley Center on San Juan Island approved for five days in August, 2022.

  • Phoenix, AZ.
    Motorcycle Haiku by GJ Gillespie.
    April to July 23, 2022. Found:RE Gallery, Phoenix Hotel, 1100 North Central Ave. Phoenix. "Acrobats" and "Motorcycle Haiku."

  • Phoenix, AZ. "I Want to Know What Love Is" in “FOCAL POINTS: Minimal VS Maximal".From December 3 to March 29, 2022. Phoenix Hotel, 1100 North Central Ave. Phoenix. MORE
  • Oak Harbor, WA. SHELTER FROM THE STORM SHOW. 12 GJ Gillespie collages.
    I Will Survive by GJ Gillespie
    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. "I Will Survive."
  • 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.
  • 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.  
Contact here. 317-943-3305

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