Ted A Gillespie, Artist
I have always been inspired by what our lives gives us on a daily basis, stress, love, relationships, confused society, politics and even death. All play a role in how and what I create. I express my art without hesitation thru painting, drawings and sculpture. I still love the feel of the paint on the brush as well as on my hands. My paintings are a direct correlation to what’s happening in my life and yours. But is never didactic. What’s happening in our society as well as our own homes. I’m an artist, working with canvas, paints, objects are still what thrills me to go to the studio every day. My work begs to be defined, to ask and answer questions. Why are we here? Why do we make art? What is its purpose? Who are we? I want my images to provoke, be elusive, have some ambiguity, move the inner you, and even make you recoil at times. I try to let the paint be paint and not get in its way, as Philip Guston says
“Let your 3rd hand do the painting.”
I have claimed my place by the fire and make no excuses. I’ve earned it. Born in Hammond Indiana I grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood. Aware at a very young age the need to express myself, I started drawing and painting, everything I could.
After high school I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Ill and later the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale, Fl. I have lived and painted in 8 different states, including Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Ghost Ranch” in New Mexico. I am a father of 5 boys, paint from my home studio, and reside with my wife and two dogs in St Charles, Mo.
St Charles Foundry Art Centre, St Charles, Mo
Art St Louis, St Louis Mo
St Louis Artist Guild, St Louis, Mo