Malcolm Gillespie

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Malcolm studied art at Brighton Art College 1960–64, left with NDD
He is a professional designer working for the conservation world, producing books and magazines.
Life member of Icon, The Institute of Conservation.

He has always painted as much as time would allow, since he was about 5 years old. In many ways the most significant experience was seeing the film ‘The Horses Mouth’ when he was about 12 years old, the idea that realism wasn’t necessarily a photographic result stuck, that there is more reality in energy and excitment of painting than there is in attempting some faithfully copy. Malcolm spent the next few years doing John Bratbys until he went to art college.

There are two paths his work takes, one is drawing and the other is painting.
Drawing is the study of something that is actually in front of him, a life model, a stone, screwed up paper, a flower, whatever, an object of study, of discipline, of understanding colour and form. It may be charcoal on paper or oil on canvas.
Painting is creating a composition of colour and shapes. Allowing his imagination to be unleashed, letting the painting happen in spite of his concious control, some creative energy takes me over and spills out through his arm, he may think ‘what is going to happen on that bit of the canvas now’, the decision is taken somewhere in his subconcious and the answer just happens. Paul Klee describes this experience as himself being the trunk of a tree, he does nothing other than gather and pass on what comes to him from the depths. Quote from Paul Klee on Modern Art.
Although his interest is in the natural world, quite encompassing, from the human body to the rural scene to the minute detail of a flower, (no straight lines) this can come out as a recognisable realism, or his imagination takes over and moves the painting to abstract. When he sits down in front of a canvas he can have an intention that sometimes happens but more often something completely different is produced.