Artist Statement
Long ago Icarus made a pair of wax wings so he could fly up to the heavens. But when the sun melted his wings, he fell to destruction.

These portraits are based on iconic photographs of famous people who reached the heights of creative success. Like Icarus many of these celebrated stars also faced ruin at the end of their lives.

Rows of 3 to 5 paintings on six hanging wires grouped together as one installation. 

Total of 21 portraits. 

Made with layers of tissue, acrylic paint, spray paint, linen, cheesecloth, dyed fabric, pencil and pen.

Fallen Stars Show
Hurst Gallery Kirkland, WA
January 16 to April 8th, 2023

Row One Left

Ringo Star, musician. 

Jane Fonda, actor. 

 David Furr, actor. 
Row two

Sylvester Stallone, actor.

Dion DiMucci, musician. 

Tom Holland, actor. 

Row Three

Maria Callas, musician. 

Timothée Chalamet, actor.
 Petula Clark, musician. 

Janis Joplin, musician. 
Row Four

Elvis Presley, musician. 

Jim Morrison, musician. 

 Frank Sinatra, actor/ musician. 
Joni Mitchell, musician.
Row Five.

Audrey Hepburn, actor. 

Kurt Cobain, musician. 

Mick Jagger, musician. 

Julie Andrews, actor.

Row Six

Edith Piaf, musician. 

Eminem, musician. 

Tina Turner, musician. 


GJ Gillespie, Artist
NU Communication Professor Emeritus
Serving from 1985 -- 2016. 


GJ Gillespie is a collage artist living in a 1928 Tudor 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 20 awards, his art has appeared in 57 shows and numerous publications.

When he is not making art, he runs his sketchbook company Leda Art Supply.

SEE ALL GJ Gillespie ART here. 

Small: $200
Medium $240
Large $340

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