John GILLIES

John GILLIES

John Gillies studied figure drawing under sculptor Tom Taylor at St Andrew's College, Christchurch and developed a special interest in portrait painting as a secondary school student. Later, when training as a medical student at the University of Otago, including two years in the anatomy department, John realised this learning experience would be invaluable for his intended art career in later life.
He went on to dabble in landscape paintings, and his first solo exhibition of these works was at Abernethy's Gallery in Dunedin. When he moved to Christchurch in 1980, John became an artist member of the Canterbury Society of Arts and contributed work for exhibitions as an invited guest on a regular basis with Fisher Fine Arts.
He has gone on to win awards with his work including:
Highly Commended, Telecom Art Award, 1992
Highly Commended, Montana World of Wearable Arts Award, 1998
Winner, Creative Excellence Award, NZ Association of Artist Doctors, 2005
Section Winner, Montana Wearable Arts Award, 2005
Winner, Painting Award NZ Association of Artist Doctors, 2006

His work is held in both corporate and private collections and he has been commissioned for portrait painting by the University of Otago, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Christchurch Clinical School of Medicine, St Andrews College and the Isaac Theatre Royal Trust. His portrait work was accepted in the Biennial Adam Portrait Award and his painting of Col. Bob Upton was selected for the "Double Exposure 3" exhibition in Wellington in 2007.
Gallery De Novo holds a collection of John’s works that illustrate his incredible talent as a landscape painter using a palette knife. This is something he has become well known for and regularly features in art magazine articles profiling his technique

John GILLIES's Work

Untitled (Riverton) Red Hut Skippers Canyon

Untitled (Riverton)

Red Hut Skippers Canyon

Oil on Canvas
76 x 25cm
Oil on Canvas
40 x 30cm
Road to The Branches Estate, Skippers Winter Splendour, Lake Wanaka

Road to The Branches Estate, Skippers

Winter Splendour, Lake Wanaka

Oil on Canvas
60 x 45cm
Oil on Canvas
102 x 52cm
Careys Bay I Careys Bay VI

Careys Bay I

Careys Bay VI

Oil on Canvas
Framed 77 x 46cm
Oil on Canvas
Framed size: 61 x 51cm
Aoraki Mt Cook From Walter Peak

Aoraki Mt Cook

From Walter Peak

Oil on Canvas
122 x 40cm
Original painting on canvas
Painting size: 25x76cm
Remarkables / Lake Wakatipu Country Road, Remarkables

Remarkables / Lake Wakatipu

Country Road, Remarkables

Original oil on canvas
Painting size: 61x76cm
Original oil painting on canvas
Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu Careys Bay Fishing Boats

Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu

Careys Bay Fishing Boats

Oil on Canvas
52 x 41cm Framed

Oil on Canvas
46 x 56cm Framed
Morning Glory - Shotover Central Otago Evening Light, Tarras

Morning Glory - Shotover Central Otago

Evening Light, Tarras

Original oil on canvas Original oil on canvas
Careys Bay Gathering Storm, Careys Bay

Careys Bay

Gathering Storm, Careys Bay

Oil on Canvas
Framed
Oil on Canvas
101 x 51cm Unframed
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