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Thom Gillespie
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I have doodled since I was a kid. I started with small figurines made out of glazier’s putty, dinosaurs out of clay, back of the comics drawings of Abraham Lincoln, a short stint at the Philadelphia College of Art on Saturdays doing still life pastels in grade school, school decorations for all holidays. In college I was told I had to take an art history class and when told that involved memorizing dates and art movements I asked: can I do something else? I was told: you could take art classes. So, I did: painting, sculpture and water color. My doodling moved to a new level with a minor obsession with the work of Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, Louise Nevelson, and Duchamp: assemblage, collage and silliness.

Years ago, I was in shows sponsored by The Philadelphia Museum of Art & Artform; the New Orleans Museum of Art; The Alaska State Museum. We wanted to travel ( Philly to New Orleans to the Arctic to Juneau AK to Berkeley, to Indonesia to Indiana) so I threw away years of painting, sculpture, and assemblage and eventually got the first 128 Macintosh because of the illustrations of Susan Kare on the Mac screen. At the same time, I started using digital tools I also started programming which lead to a PhD in Information studies at Berkeley and my doodling combined with programming and became digital or what I call D-oodling. Over the years I have used hundreds of digital tools for 2D and 3D design. Sometimes I assemble, sometimes I sketch, sometimes I collage and eventually I digitize and start cutting and layering and adjusting on my laptop until happy and then I send my work to a printer in Berlin to be printed on sheets of aluminum, a surface I very much like.

--Thom
Thom.gillespie@gmail.com
812 219 6784

Favourite Visual Artist
Joseph Cornell
Favourite Movies
Koyaanisqatsi
Favourite TV Shows
Money Heist
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Leonard Cohen
Favourite Books
The Butcher's Boy; Eat, Pray Love; The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Favourite Writers
Elizabeth Gilbert, Thomas Perry, S. Zuboff
Favourite Games
Basketball
Favourite Gaming Platform
any court with hoops
Tools of the Trade
Macbook, Pixel 3xl, Affinity Photo, Procreate, iPad, DeepDream, GauGan
Other Interests
travel, the Y, my family, my dog, thinking

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