Hegel's Department Store, 1999
graphite and ink on paper, 14" x 11"
courtesy the artist and Paul Petro Contemporary Art
value: $1000 framed
Ron Gillespie was born in 1934 in New Westminster, BC. His earliest training in art took place in 1962-64 at H.S.C. Prince of Wales College, Nairobi, East Africa. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1975 and established a performance art practice during the 1970's. By the early 1980s he moved into drawing, making work that incorporated philosophy, geometry and concepts of the anti-modern, influenced by writer including Artaud, Darwin, Hegel and Spinoza. Giii’s exhibition history has included solo shows at 49th Parallel, NYC, Cold City Gallery, Toronto, and Evelyn Aimis Gallery, Toronto, as well as many group exhibitions including "Heavy Mental", curated by Philip Monk at The Power Plant, Toronto. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada.