Eileen Gillespie

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE – Harmon's Market is pleased to present a new body of work by Eileen Gillespie, entitled Prouts Neck: Late Winter and Spring. Exploring the relationship between structure in nature and sense of place, the exhibition will be on view at 423 Black Point Road from July 12th through August 11th 2018. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, July 12th from 5 to 7pm.

Referencing land, its development and water in their entirety or by isolating specific elements, her paintings follow a lyrical process of drawing and re-drawing, as an exercise in internalizing pictorial systems. Gillespie's works are centered on the landscape, built with luminescent oil paint. Her loose gestures obscure a reading as roads, trees and the surface of the ground break down into elusive activity. Her works evoke the fleeting nature of perception and mutability of memory. The viewer desires to make plain Gillespie's imagery, held in suspension between recognition and abstraction.

In her new work, Gillespie presents a restless vision, drawing from imagery out her studio windows, from looking out and down while on her walks through the Prouts Neck Bird Sanctuary, and from old aerial photographs that include her property, as well as from satellite images of the same. Echoing rhythmic systems found in nature, Gillespie composes with enduring brushstrokes. Included in the exhibition will be work simultaneously evoking the landscape and the viewers sense of place within it. Lacking horizon lines, the restrained space is, otherwise, air-filled with blues, yellows, pinks, and grays.

Born in New York City in 1963, Eileen Gillespie received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, in 1985, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1990. Her work is included in corporate collections such as American Airlines, Fidelity Boston, Hertz Corporation, and Mount Sinai Medical Center. One-person exhibitions include O'Ferrell Gallery, Brunswick ME (1991, 1993 and 1996); June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland ME (2001 and 2002 ) and Pepper Gallery, Boston MA (2001 and 2003). Gillespie lives and works in Prouts Neck and Portland, Maine.

For more information and images, please contact the gallery: (207) 883-1085 or info@harmonsmarket.com

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