About GJ Gillespie  

Gillespie Oak Harbor Home


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 60 years ago are constant inspirations.

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

PRICING
Larger pieces range from $340 to $4000.  
Framing and shipping is available.
Leda sketchbook with every purchase. 

Contact here.  PayPal @NWARTIST


Bio
GJ Gillespie is a collage artist living in a 1928 Tutor Revival farmhouse overlooking Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island (north of Seattle). In addition to natural beauty, he is inspired by art history -- especially mid century abstract expressionism. The “Northwest Mystics” who produced haunting images from this region 60 years ago are favorites. 

Winner of 18 awards, his art has appeared in 55 shows and numerous publications.

When he is not making art, he runs his company Leda Art Supply selling the sketchbook that he designed.


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