Graham Gillmore: A Way With Words

Graham Gillmore uses caustic text as an art form within edgy and often controversial work, some of it on exhibit at the Monte Clark Gallery. (Above: Custody and Access Study (Results #2), Mixed media on ledger paper mounted on canvas)

Untitled (Cinderella, 2nd Version), Oil and enamel on panel

The Vancouver-born international artist is widely exhibited and collected.  The cutting voice of his work attracts an audience delighted by his irreverence and able to connect with his observations. His large paintings command  $50,000 plus.

-Thank You, 2008

I play the role of scavenger when it comes to the texts I use. I think of these selected fragments as a kind of linguistic ‘road kill’ – skeletons on which to hang the material of the painting.Artist statement

The painting above is from an exhibition at OMR Gallery in Mexico City, 2010 (Title unavailable). Gillmore frequently uses vintage ledger paper (as in the spirograph above), reflecting a childhood habit.  His accountant father gave him reams of ledger paper to draw on, and today he tracks it down at flea markets.

-So The Band Broke Up, Oil and enamel on panel 60 x 48 inches

Look at Me When I’m Speaking to You (Diptych), Oil and enamel on panel

-Also from the Mexico City exhibit, same words as the Untitled Cinderella, earlier in this post.

Graham Gillmore at Monte Clark Gallery

A good biography, here.

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