Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Northwest Collage Artist



N O W  S H O W I N G + N E W S 

The Langley BC Arts Council has invited me for a solo show! A collection of my art will be on display at the Langley, Canada, Civic Center spring of 2023. More.
________________________ SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD GJ Gillespie wins an award for his entry in the Summer 2022 Exhibition of the online Light Space and Time Gallery. See winning art here. ____________________________
Art in Phoenix Show
Two GJ Gillespie collages in the "Sleeping with the Artists" Show at the Found:RE Gallery. The art will be in rooms at the Phoenix Hotel until June 2025.
Twelve Graces by GJ Gillespie.

I Want to Know What Love Is
by GJ Gillespie. 
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SAN JUAN ISLAND ART RESIDENCY REPORT
Native Oaks #3 by GJ Gillespie.
Art made during 5 day Residency sponsored by the University of Washington in August 2022. We chose to focus our creative efforts on the ancient Oak Trees that grow on San Juan Island.


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PUBLICATIONS
GJ Gillespie art accepted in 50 literary and art journals
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"Rocking Pneumonia the Boogie Woogie Flu
by GJ Gillespie. 
LANDING ZONE MAGAZINE WILL PUBLISH FIGURATIVE ABSTRACT

Dear Gary, 

We love "Rocking Pneumonia the Boogie Woogie Flu" and would be honored to publish it inside Landing Zone's LORE anthology alongside a story.

Thank you for allowing us to fall into your wonderful, original world, and we look forward to hearing from you!


Thank you, again. And congrats!


Best,


Nathaniel Buckingham
Editor-in-Chief

Landing Zone Magazine


______________________________ MILESTONE: MY 50TH ART PUBLICATION!
Return to Forever by GJ Gillespie.
Collage on canvas. 28 x 22. 2022.
Just got word from editor of Wild Roof Journal, a literary journal, wants to publish one of the
abstracts collages.
This is the 50th time my art has been accepted for publication! It is also the second time my art has appeared in Wild Roof.
From the Editor:
Dear GJ,
Congratulations
! I am glad to inform you that your piece titled "Return to Forever" has been accepted for publication.
We are currently placing work in our Issue #17, which is scheduled for a Nov. release. In addition, we will include bio statement you have provided.
In the meantime, you may check out our current issue and podcast feature at wildroofjournal.com.
Thank you for sharing your work with us.
Sincerely,
Aaron Lelito
Editor in Chief
Wild Roof Journal
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MY ART IN SCAPEGOAT REVIEW
Just got word from the editor that the Scapegoat Review, a literary and art magazine, wants to publish two of my collage/photography images. Made these during the U of W residency at San Juan Island last month.
This is my 49th publication!

Dear GJ Gillespie,
Native Oak Figure 2 by GJ Gillespie.
Thank you for sending us Native Oak Figures. We love it and would like to publish No. 1 and No. 2 in the spring issue of Scapegoat Review.
Thanks again.
Sincerely,
Erika Lutzner, editor

For All U of W residency art go here: ____________________________________
86 LOGIC MAGAZINE 
In Bluebeard's Castle
by GJ Gillespie. 
Visions of Johanna by GJ Gillespie.
From the editor:

We are pleased to inform you that we have selected both "Visions of Johanna" and "In Bluebeard's Castle" to feature in the next issue of 86 Logic (#8). So first and foremost, congrats!
It's an honor to feature your work again! You now belong to a very tiny group of repeat contributors.

We reviewed over a hundred submissions and and ultimately chose nine visual artists for the next issue.

We consider it a privilege to publish such vivid and precise work like yours.
Welcome to our 86 Logic family! We are excited for our audience to see your in print.

Thanks,
Zach Whitman
Artistic Director | 86 Logic Magazine
www.86logic.com


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Bad Case of Loving You by GJ Gillespie. 
Mixed media collage on canvas. 30 x 24. 2022.
PASSENGER'S JOURNAL From the Editor in Chief:
Dear GJ Gillespie,
We're happy to inform you that your submission has received unanimous approval. We would like to publish "Bad Case of Loving You" in our upcoming issue, set for publication on September 1st. There is also the possibility that your work will be selected to appear in the Featured Work section of our website prior to publication.
Your work epitomizes the exact qualities we seek, and we are honored to publish your creation.
Sincerely,
Anna Winham

Editor-in-Chief
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OLD ADMIRALS IN ROCK SALT JOURNAL
Old Admirals by GJ Gillespie.

Dear
GJ Gillespie,
Thank you for submitting your work to “Rock Salt Journal” for consideration in our Fall 2022 issue. We would like to accept your piece "Old Admirals" for publication. The issue will be published October 2022.
Thanks again. Best,
Jonah Bradenday Editor
Rock Salt Journal


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AUTOMAT IN FLOSSY
Automat by GJ Gillespie. 
Flossy Literary Magazine will feature my abstract figure "Automat" in an upcoming issue.
This will be my 45th publication.
From editors:
Dear GJ,
We would be delighted to publish Automat if it is still available for publication.
We are hopeful and excited about publishing your work in a future issue and will be in touch regarding publication date.
Congratulations
!
Sincerely,
Jordan James & KateLin Carsrud

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WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION From the Editor:
Windmills of Your Mind #4 by GJ Gillespie.
Mixed media collage on canvas. 24 x 24 x.5. 2022.

Dear GJ,
Thank you so much for submitting Windmills of Your Mind. We truly enjoyed the collection and would love to use this piece in our upcoming issue!
We are changing the structure of our publication from larger quarterly issues to smaller monthly collections. Yours will be published in July!
Best, and
congratulations
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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!

Sincerely,


Sue Scavo

deLuge Literary and Arts Journal

See art here



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Peggy Sue by GJ Gillespie.

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













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Art by GJ Gillespie accepted for publication in 50+ literary and art journals. 
MORE PUBLICATIONS HERE
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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.

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Unboxing Testimony
GJ Gillespie's Sketchbook Brand
Leda Art Supply


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

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AWARDING WINNING ART 


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

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______________________________________ 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)


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

MORE

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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

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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

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Art Award
Gillespie Wins recognition at Mercer Island Show. 
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MIdnight Confessions by GJ Gillespie.
Collage. 21 x 11.5. 2019. SOLD
































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

SOLD
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
















Horse with No Name by GJ Gillespie.
SOLD MORE


"SMOKE ON THE WATER" SOLD

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.








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Gillespie featured artist November, 2016 in
Thought Notebook. 





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Cover Art

Thought Notebook choses Kingdom Within for Cover of June issue. 

Two pieces featured in June, 2016 issue Journal Thought Notebook. MORE
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She's Not There by GJ Gillespie.  SOLD




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














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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
MORE  


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



MERIT AWARD 
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.

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Inspired by an Ancient Love Story
Gillespie's Sketchbook Company     
Premium Sketchbook designed by GJ Gillespie. 

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.
 












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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. 




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



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ESSAY: FOREST BATHING WITH LEDA
Get Lost Sketching in the Woods by GJ Gillespie

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

MORE

Old Timer by GJ Gillespie
 




















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 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








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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





PRICING
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Past Shows and Honors 
  • 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.
    SOLD! 
    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.
  • Bellevue, WA. Pacific Regent Show. Three collages in this condo art show. November 2020 to February 2021. MORE 
  • HONORABLE MENTION ART AWARD
    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
    MORE 
  • 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.
    MORE
  • 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.
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  • Kirkland, Quantum Paint: a solo show by artist Crystal Edwards and curated by GJ Gillespie. 
    MORE 
  • 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.  
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Northwest Collage Artist