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Eileen Gillespie

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Untitled, (024) - charcoal on paper - 30" x 22"
Untitled, (022) - charcoal on paper-30" x 22"
Untitled, (004) - charcoal on paper - 30" x 22"
Artist's Statement

I have long been fascinated with how light plays with structures that are constantly present around us. I first became transfixed by structure in urban areas and thus focused my artistic efforts on capturing light play on architectural forms: man-made trusses, bridges, arches, spires, and rooftops; they all form patterns that blend, move, and bounce light in different ways.

The same interplay between form and light, structure and surroundings
I found in architecture and now, more than two decades later, in trees.

Trees are my current subject. The texture and pattern in the bark, their place in the landscape and their physical presence all appeal to my sensibility. I’m drawn to the massive forms often in contrast with graceful lines and gestures that span these majestic structures. My drawings and paintings represent a continued interest in form, pattern and structure in landscape.


MFA University of Pennsylvania
BFA Rhode Island School of Design
2004 Artist Fellowship Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
2000 Finalist Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
1998 Artist Grant, Somerville Arts Council, Somerville, MA
1996 NEA Funded Residency ,Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME
1995 Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
1993 Carina House Fellow, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1992 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT