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Kingdom Within by GJ Gillespie.
Mixed media collag
e. 22 x 16.  
GJ Gillespie
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Most of my work references art history. Uniqueness is achieved through use of collage material such as colored tissue, dissembled newspaper clippings or Fred Myer grocery ads. My goal is to create individuations of universal imagery that seem mysterious in new contexts.

Rather than venturing into a world of totally original designs, I try to “stand on the shoulders of giants” and rift on cultural icons. 

By taping traditional compositions of famous artists of the past, viewers sense that my designs are familiar and different at the same time. This is why I like ancient Greek art as well as the body of work from midcentury masters that we have come to love



Shows and Honors 

Look What They Did to My Song by

GJ Gillespie. Collage on canvas. 20 x 20. 2020

GJ Gillespie, Artist

Contact: garjog@gmail.com. 425 889 9418
Shows and Honors

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • COVER ART: "Ghost Rider" chosen for cover art of Sunspot Literary Journal, Issue 2. See it now.
  • COVER ART: "Fool If You Think It's Over" chosen for cover of inaugural issue of Literary Journal Kithe. 
  • 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. 
  • Unstamatic Magazine, a literary and art journal based in Montana, "Fresco #3" in October 30 2021 issue. 
  • PONDER LITERARY MAGAZINE ACCEPTS 5 PIECES. Volume 5, issue 2 will feature GJ Gillespie art including Odysseus, Carousel of Time, Cry Me a River.  MORE
  • 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.
  • Scapegoat Review, a literary journal, features "Series of Dreams" in fall 2021 issue. 
  • LAS LAGUNA (CA) ART GALLERY. Vitat Regina (Portrait of Queen Elizabeth) selected for ICONS, 2021 - Online Exhibition. 
  • Beyond Words Magazine to publish "Dancer and Diver" in October 2021 issue.
  • ROCK SALT JOURNAL ACCEPTS TWO PIECES. Editors of this New England based literary magazine will publish "If Not for You" and "Smoke on the Water".
  • 86 LOGIC MAGAZINE TO PUBLISH MR. SANDMAN. From editors: "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."
  • "The Punishment of Prometheus" chosen as featured artwork for June edition of Prometheus Dreaming journal. SEE IT HERE 
  • OxMag -- other wise known as Oxford Magazine: a Midwestern Journal of Literature and Art -- publishes "Midnight Confessions". 
  • FEATURED ARTIST: Literary Journal Mud City Review. Summer 2021.
  • Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, a literary journal from New England, publishes "Where is My Mind" in June issue. Both hard print and online. 
  • Button Eye Review, a literary journal, to publish "Life Could be a Dream." 
  • Literary journal 3Elements Review publishes "Colors of the Night." See page 31.
  • Thought Art Magazine: 3 GJ Gillespie pieces selected for current issue.MORE
  • ART AWARD: GJ Gillespie wins Honorable Mention in the Art Room Gallery online show for my collage "Forever Young". MORE about the art
  • Montana Mouthful, a literary journal, to publish "I Can Only Imagine". 
  • Literary journal 3Elements Review publishes "Colors of the Night." See page 31. 
  • HONORABLE MENTION ART AWARD, Self-portrait "Will You Still Need Me" won an award for 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, WA. 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, WA. Pacific Regent Show. Two pieces in this condo art show. June 15 – February 2021. MORE
  • AWARD, Honorable Mention in the Art Room Gallery online show for my collage "Forever Young".MORE about the art
  • Thought Art Magazine 3 GJ Gillespie pieces selected for current issue. MORE
  • Kirkland, WA. Quantum Paint show: a solo show by artist Crystal Edwards and curated by GJ Gillespie. 
  • Kirkland, WA. 21 Century Women Show. Kirkland Art Center, June 20 -- Oct. 16, 2019. "The Way You Look Tonight" at the KAC.
  • Kirkland, WA. Desperado Show, 5 abstract collages by GJ Gillespie at Hurst Gallery in Kirkland. August 20 -- October 10, 2019. More.
  • Kirkland, WA. Surface Design In Full Swing Show, Hurst Gallery in Kirkland. May 30 to August 17, 2019. 
  • Kirkland, WA. BEST OF KIRKLAND ART CENTER SHOW, May 11 -- June 16. "Shelter from the Storm." More. 
  • April Envision Arts Magazine, "Something in the Way.” 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, WA. Earth Angel Show, Hurst Gallery, December 8 to March 23, 2019  MORE   
  • Kirkland, WA.Nature in Fiber Show. January 4 -- March 1, 2019VALA Art Center. MORE 
  • Kirkland, Howl Show, Hurst Gallery. August 30 -- December 7, 2018. More 
  • Bellevue, WA. Healing Arts Show, Overlake Hospital, August 21 -- November 17, 2018. Five works. 
  • Kirkland, WA. Creative Contemplation Show ,Oct.1 -- Nov. 3, 2018, Areté Kirkland Condo · Kirkland, WA.
  • Mercer Island, WA. Gillespie Wins Award at Paper Talks: Collage Chatter, Northwest Collage Society Fall Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Events Center, Mercer Island, WA. September 9 -- October 27, 2018. MORE 
  • Kirkland, WA. Life Cycle Show June 14 -- Sept. 7, 2018. Five works at Hurst Gallery in Kirkland
  • Kirkland, Forager of Dreams Show. Five works at Hurst Gallery Kirkland
  • Twisp, WA. Three pieces in The Hidden show, April -- June, 2018. MORE
  • Kirkland,WA. Mad World Show Hurts Gallery. January 8 -- March 30, 2018. 
  • Mukilteo, WA. Gillespie wins award at Northwest Collage Society Show, April 4 - June 30, 2018. 
  • Seattle, SOLO show at Seattle Oasis clinic on the shores of Lake Union. July -- December, 2017.  MORE  
  • Kirkland, Wonderful World Show, Hurst Gallery, Kirkland, WA. August 12 -- Dec 4, 2017.  MORE
  • Bellevue, "The Healing Arts” program at Overlake Hospital Cardiology Unit in Bellevue.  Sponsored by the Evergreen Fine Arts Association. MORE

MORE on web page. http://www.gjgillespieartistic.com/


  • 10th Award, Art Room Gallery's International online Abstract competition awarded "Forever Young"a collage by GJ Gillespie, a coveted Honorable Mention. March, 2020. 
  • 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. 
  • Seattle, Northwest Collage Society Winter Exhibit at Washington State Convention Center,
  • January 12 to March 30, 2019
  • Kirkland, Nature in Fiber Show VALA Art Center, January 4 -- March 31, 2019
  • Kirkland, Earth Angel Show. Hurst Gallery in Kirkland. December 28, 2018-- February 29, 2019. 
  • Kirkland, Howl Show, Hurst Gallery in Kirkland. August 30 -- December 7, 2018. More 
  • Bellevue, Healing Arts Show, Overlake Hospital, August 21 -- November 17, 2018Five works in Bellevue, WA
  • Kirkland, Creative Contemplation Show ,Oct.1 -- Nov. 3, 2018, Areté Kirkland Condo · Kirkland, WA.
  • Mercer Island, Gillespie Wins Award at Paper Talks: Collage Chatter, Northwest Collage Society Fall Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Events Center, Mercer Island, WA.
    September 9 -- October 27, 2018. MORE 
  • Kirkland, Life Cycle Show June 14 -- Sept. 7, 2018. Five works at Hurst Gallery in Kirkland
  • Kirkland, Forager of Dreams Show. Five works at Hurst Gallery Kirkland
    April 3 -- May 4, 2018. 
  • Twisp, three pieces in The Hidden show, April -- June, 2018. MORE
  • Kirkland, Mad World Show Hurts Gallery in Kirkland. January 8 -- March 30, 2018. 
  • Mukilteo, Gillespie wins award at Northwest Collage Society Show, April 4 - June 30, 2018. 
  • Seattle, SOLO show at Seattle Oasis clinic on the shores of Lake Union. July -- December, 2017.  MORE  
  • Kirkland, Wonderful World Show, Hurst Gallery, Kirkland, WA. August 12 -- Dec 4, 2017.  MORE
  • Bellevue, "The Healing Arts” program at Overlake Hospital Cardiology Unit in Bellevue.  Sponsored by the Evergreen Fine Arts Association. Until November 10. MORE
  • Bellevue, "Series of Dreams" and "A World of Our Own" at Pacific Regent Invitational Show. MORE 
  • Redmond, “Design Revelations,” At North Gallery in Redmond
  • September 30 -- October 30, 2017. MORE
  • GJ Gillespie in Six shows in August, 2017. Details.  
    Look What They Did to My Song by

    GJ Gillespie. Collage on canvas. 20 x 20. 2020
  • Seattle. Northwest College Society Summer Exhibition, Seattle City Hall. Two pieces. July, August 2017. 
  • Edmonds. Gillespie wins award. Collaged Impressions, Cascadia Art Museum, Edmonds. Two pieces. 2017 Northwest Collage Society Winter Show. Details. 
  • Redmond. Fiber Fusion, five pieces, Redmond Town Center. VALA Art Center. Details. 
  • Tacoma. Inspired by Nisqually Art Show, September — December, 2016. Two colleges inspired by Native American art at the Fort Nisqually Museum, Tacoma, WA.  "Best in Show" award winner. 
  • Seattle. Fiber Fusion Exposition, “Forever Young” accepted for show sponsored by the Surface Design Association. The piece will travel to four cities in Washington state, June 2016 – April 2017. Details.
  • Seattle. Northwest Collage Society Winter Show, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. January – March, 2016. Details.
  • Roslyn Arts Festival Award for "Motorcycle Haiku". Three other pieces accepted. Brodine and Brodine Gallery, Roslyn, WA. August, 2015. 
  • Issaquah. University Place Era Living Gallery personal identities show, accepted Narcissus. Issaquah, WA. September - December, 2015. 
  • International Merit Award"Forever Young" among 80 selected out of 760 entries for the Light Space and Time “Abstracts” 2015 Art Exhibition
  • Kirkland. Figures of Mind, a solo show. Hurst Library gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. July to October, 2015. 
  • Post Contemporary Expressions, a solo show. Hurst Library gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. October to February, 2016. 
  • Winner of the Mid American Review Inspired Art contest, March 2015. Details. 
  • Vancouver, Canada. Moat Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada. May 1 - 15, 2015. Details. 
  • Bellevue Arts Museum, Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Exhibit. "Man Disguised as Spirit."  Details. 
  • Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery Summer show, "Horse Latitudes." March - July, 2015. 
  • Tangled Up in Blue, Works by GJ Gillespie. Hurst Library Gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland. April 22 -- June 30, 2015. Details. 
  • Gallery North, Edmonds. Small Works Show. March 1 - 30, 2015. Five paintings. 
  • Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery Spring Show. Shelton City Arts Commission accepted five collages by GJ Gillespie. January 8 to March 30, 2015.
  • "Kingdom Within" wins Honorable Mention in Mind Magazine's Imagination art contest, December, 2014. Mind Magazine also posts "Horse with No Name".
  • Horse with No Name, Collages of GJ Gillespie. Now showing. Ten pieces by northwest artist and professor GJ Gillespie at the Hurst Library Gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. January 6 to April 10, 2015. 
  • GJ Gillespie in 30 Day Art Challenge 30 paintings shown at the TK Gallery in Pioneer Square gallery December 4, 5 and 6, 2014. 
  • Riddle: Collages of GJ Gillespie. 12 Works by GJ Gillespie at the Northwest University Hurst Library Gallery, Kirkland, WA September 14 to December 10, 2014. 
  • Parklane Gallery Show. Four works by GJ Gillespie were shown at the Parklane Gallery in down town Kirkland From September to November 2, 2014. Parklane Gallery 130 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98033.
  • Shelton Art Show. Two GJ Gillespie collages were shown at the Shelton (WA) Civic Center for the months of October to December, 2014. Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery. 
  • Unmarked Cross Walks: Works of Matthew Whitney and GJ Gillespie. October 6 to November 8, 2014. Northwest University, Health and Science.
  • Space Works Tacoma Show. 17 works of GJ Gillespie shown at the Old Post Office in Tacoma, 
    August 21, 2014.
  • Northwest Collage Society Summer Exhibition, Mukilteo Community Center, July -- August, 2014. Four pieces accepted. 
  • Northwest Collage Society Innovation Award 2014 for “Kingdom Within”. 
    Sign of the Times by GJ Gillespie.
    22 x 17, 2017
  • A New Northwest Vision: Works of GJ Gillespie. 11 paintings by GJ Gillespie on display at the Northwest University Hurst Library in Kirkland, WA. June 2 to September 8, 2013.


Memberships 


Surface Design Association
Seattle Art Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
Kirkland Art Center
Artist Trust
Northwest Collage Society
VALA Redmond Arts Center

Training
Various classes at the Kirkland Art Center, the Pratt Fine Art Center and Northwest Encaustic.

Employment 
Visual Collage Artist.

Founder and Creative Director Leda Arts Supply, a premium sketchbook company.

Pinterest Art I like
Midnight Confessions 
by GJ Gillesp
  • Seattle. Northwest College Society Summer Exhibition, Seattle City Hall. Two pieces. July, August 2017. 
  • Edmonds. Gillespie wins award. Collaged Impressions, Cascadia Art Museum, Edmonds. Two pieces. 2017 Northwest Collage Society Winter Show. Details. 
  • Redmond. Fiber Fusion, five pieces, Redmond Town Center. VALA Art Center. Details. 
  • Tacoma. Inspired by Nisqually Art Show, September — December, 2016. Two colleges inspired by Native American art at the Fort Nisqually Museum, Tacoma, WA.  "Best in Show" award winner. 
  • Seattle. Fiber Fusion Exposition, “Forever Young” accepted for show sponsored by the Surface Design Association. The piece will travel to four cities in Washington state, June 2016 – April 2017. Details.
  • Seattle. Northwest Collage Society Winter Show, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. January – March, 2016. Details.
  • Roslyn Arts Festival Award for "Motorcycle Haiku". Three other pieces accepted. Brodine and Brodine Gallery, Roslyn, WA. August, 2015. 
  • Issaquah. University Place Era Living Gallery personal identities show, accepted Narcissus. Issaquah, WA. September - December, 2015. 
  • International Merit Award"Forever Young" among 80 selected out of 760 entries for the Light Space and Time “Abstracts” 2015 Art Exhibition
  • Kirkland. Figures of Mind, a solo show. Hurst Library gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. July to October, 2015. 
  • Post Contemporary Expressions, a solo show. Hurst Library gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. October to February, 2016. 
  • Winner of the Mid American Review Inspired Art contest, March 2015. Details. 
  • Vancouver, Canada. Moat Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada. May 1 - 15, 2015. Details. 
  • Bellevue Arts Museum, Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Exhibit. "Man Disguised as Spirit."  Details. 
  • Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery Summer show, "Horse Latitudes." March - July, 2015. 
  • Tangled Up in Blue, Works by GJ Gillespie. Hurst Library Gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland. April 22 -- June 30, 2015. Details. 
  • Gallery North, Edmonds. Small Works Show. March 1 - 30, 2015. Five paintings. 
  • Shelton Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery Spring Show. Shelton City Arts Commission accepted five collages by GJ Gillespie. January 8 to March 30, 2015.
  • "Kingdom Within" wins Honorable Mention in Mind Magazine's Imagination art contest, December, 2014. Mind Magazine also posts "Horse with No Name".
  • Horse with No Name, Collages of GJ Gillespie. Now showing. Ten pieces by northwest artist and professor GJ Gillespie at the Hurst Library Gallery, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA. January 6 to April 10, 2015. 
  • GJ Gillespie in 30 Day Art Challenge 30 paintings shown at the TK Gallery in Pioneer Square gallery December 4, 5 and 6, 2014. 
  • Riddle: Collages of GJ Gillespie. 12 Works by GJ Gillespie at the Northwest University Hurst Library Gallery, Kirkland, WA September 14 to December 10, 2014. 
  • Parklane Gallery Show. Four works by GJ Gillespie were shown at the Parklane Gallery in down town Kirkland From September to November 2, 2014. Parklane Gallery 130 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98033.
  • Shelton Art Show. Two GJ Gillespie collages were shown at the Shelton (WA) Civic Center for the months of October to December, 2014. Civic Center Rotating Art Gallery. 
  • Unmarked Cross Walks: Works of Matthew Whitney and GJ Gillespie. October 6 to November 8, 2014. Northwest University, Health and Science.
  • Space Works Tacoma Show. 17 works of GJ Gillespie shown at the Old Post Office in Tacoma, 
    August 21, 2014.
  • Northwest Collage Society Summer Exhibition, Mukilteo Community Center, July -- August, 2014. Four pieces accepted. 
  • Northwest Collage Society Innovation Award 2014 for “Kingdom Within”. 
    Sign of the Times by GJ Gillespie.
    22 x 17, 2017
  • A New Northwest Vision: Works of GJ Gillespie. 11 paintings by GJ Gillespie on display at the Northwest University Hurst Library in Kirkland, WA. June 2 to September 8, 2013.

Memberships and 
Associations 


Surface Design Association
Seattle Art Museum
Art Institute of Chicago
Kirkland Art Center
Artlink
Artist Trust
Northwest Collage Society
VALA Redmond Arts Center

Training
Various classes at the Kirkland Art Center, the Pratt Fine Art Center and Northwest Encaustic.

Employment
Visual Collage Artist.

Founder and Creative Director Leda Arts Supply, a premium sketchbook company.

Pinterest Art I like

Imitation of Life by GJ Gillespie


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