Gregory Gillespie Biography

Gregory Gillespie

American

1936-2006

Biography

 

 

American Magic Realist painter and sculptor Gregory Gillespie was born in New Jersey in 1936. He studied at Cooper Union, New York, and later moved to San Francisco, California, where he received his M.F.A. at the SF Art Institute. In 1962 he received the first of two Fulbright-Hays grants for travel and study in Italy. He lived and worked in Florence and Rome for a total of eight years, becoming greatly influenced by religious Renaissance art and artists. During this time he exhibited his first solo show in New York at the Forum Gallery. He returned to the U.S. in 1970, exhibiting throughout the country. He died in Massachusetts in 2006, of an apparent suicide.