Gregory Gillespie

American, 1936 - 2000

Gregory Gillespie began his career as a realist, but over time embraced symbolism and Surrealism, at times touching geometric abstraction and assemblage. Because Gillespie’s style varied so widely, he refused identification with a movement or genre. The unifying thread in his oeuvre was its trajectory, following loosely the narrative of his own life and particularly his progression from youth into middle age; his grand project was to mythologize his own life. Gillespie painted a number of self-portraits, bare-chested and blemished, and portraits of his wife, whom he sometimes depicted as Venus or Madonna. His still-life paintings often suggested intimate facts about his life, featuring the likes of personal postcards and tantric figures.

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