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Gregory Gillespie Self-Portrait

Gregory Gillespie Self-Portrait
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Artist
Gregory Gillespie, 1936 - 2000
Sitter
Gregory Gillespie, 1936 - 2000
Date
1983-1984
Type
Drawing
Medium
Graphite on frosted mylar
Dimensions
Sheet: 43.1 x 31.6cm (16 15/16 x 12 7/16")
Frame: 45.2 × 34 cm (17 13/16 × 13 3/8")
Topic
Self-portrait
Gregory Gillespie: Male
Gregory Gillespie: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Estate of Gregory Gillespie. Courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York.
Object number
S/NPG.2002.252
Exhibition Label
Self-portraiture played a critical role in Gregory Gillespie’s career, enabling him to carry on an internal dialogue about the hopes, fears, and contradictions that shaped his outlook and his art. Gillespie’s expression radiates satisfaction, and the light that filters through this image intensifies the sense of his spiritual fulfillment. The challenge of maintaining such harmony is conveyed by the work’s very materiality: the heavily worked graphite is inherently fragile, perpetually threatening to disturb the artist’s crisp marks. Such tension has meta- phorical significance. As the artist explained, "My job is to turn the chaos and pain into art."
Para Gregory Gillespie el autorretrato fue un género crucial que le permitió entablar un diálogo interior sobre las esperanzas, los temores y las contradicciones que moldearon su visión del mundo y de su arte. Aquí su expresión irradia satisfacción, y la luz que se filtra por la imagen intensifica la sensación de plenitud espiritual. El reto que implica mantener esa armonía se evidencia en la materialidad misma de la obra, un dibujo a grafito sumamente trabajado que es frágil por naturaleza, siempre expuesto a que puedan perturbarse los nítidos trazos del artista. Esta tensión tiene un significado metafórico. Como lo explicó el artista: "Mi trabajo consiste en transformar el caos y el dolor en arte".
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery