John Gilluly

About the artist

Mr. Gilluly’s paintings have been featured in juried exhibitions across the country and are found in various private collections. His self-developed style is derived from the neo-impressionist technique of pointillism to create contemporary representational images on canvas. He chooses to work in the environmentally friendly medium of acrylic paint. Their quick drying property compliments the pointillism premise of not blending paint on the canvas.

Artist’s Statement

I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. While growing up in the Morgan Park neighborhood, I developed three interests which have influenced my life. Sports teams that did not always win, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the paintings of the impressionists. Talk of the teams dominated the playgrounds, a home by Wright was a bike ride away and the Rock Island would take me downtown to the Art Institute.

I attended college and came of age in Eau Claire Wisconsin. After several years there I discovered the paints and canvas left in the basement by a former housemate. I began to teach myself to put the paints on the canvas with the hope that I might capture loves I did not want to lose and places I did not want to forget.

That was 1971. On St. Patrick’s Day 1972 I had the opening of my first one artist show.

Since that time I have been working with the complexities of pointillism. Seurat used his subjects as a vehicle to depict his theories of paint application. I use his theories of paint application as the vehicle to depict my subjects. I refer to this as Representational Pointillism.

It often seems as though those who toil in the creative traditions of representational art are dinosaurs destined for extinction in the contemporary world of art where art is anything an artist calls art and an artist is anyone who refers to themselves as such.

I intend to leave behind two dimensional glimpses of the best that I’ve seen.

Selected Juried Competitions & Exhibitions

1995 Artists of the Gulf States, A Juried Art Show
The Art Center of Corpus Christi, Tx
1996 Texas Competition
The Art Center of Waco, TX
1997 Dimensions, A Juried Exhibition
The Art Center of Corpus Christi, TX
1998 National Competition
Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
1999 Realism ’99, An International Juried Art Exhibition
Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
2000 Texas Competition (held every four years)
The Art Center of Waco, TX
2001 National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society
Osage Beach. MO
2002 Tenth Annual Show
Ceres Gallery, 584 Broadway, NY, NY
2003 Ninth National Open Exhibit
Ridgeway Art Assn. Ridgeway, NJ
2004 National Juried Exhibition
Plano Art Association, Plano, TX
2005 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
Osage Beach, MO
2006 18th National Juried Art Exhibition
South Cobb Art Association, GA
2007 National Juried exhibition
Lancaster Co. Art Assn., Lancaster, PA
2008 American Landscapes
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
2009 Western Art Show
American Royal, Kansas City, MO
2010 Nature and Wildlife Juried Art Exhibition
St. Augustine Art Association, FL
2011 “We Can Never Have Enough of Nature” International
Juried Exhibition, Still Point Gallery, Brunswick, Maine
2012 One artist exhibit
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO.
2013 San Diego Art Institute 52nd International Exhibition.