GJ Gillespie

GJ Gillespie is a collage artist living in a 1928 Tutor Revival farmhouse overlooking Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island (north of Seattle).

Fool if You Think It’s Over

Notes From the Artist

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. 

Rocking Pneumonia the Boogie Woogie Flu

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.

Twist and Shout

By taping traditional compositions of famous artists of the past, viewers sense that my designs are familiar and different at the same time. 

Underwater Dogs

Horse With No Name

In addition to natural beauty, Gillespie 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 54 shows and numerous publications. When he is not making art, he runs his company Leda Art Supply that sells the sketchbook that he designed.


“Fool if You think Its Over,” previously published by Literary Journal Kithe.

“Rocking Pneumonia the Boogie Woogie Flu,” Previously published by Journal Mud City Review.

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