An eye, the bud of a rose and even the essential nodes of pleasure that encourage ecstasy are each of the same related beauty and shape. Existence contains these and many more bits of evidence that everything may be boiled down to the essential elements of the broth of life.
Oscar J. Gillespie is a Professor of Art at Bradley University, where he has been a member of the faculty since January 1986. He teaches printmaking and drawing. As a printmaker, he is noted for his expertise in monotypes and intaglio, especially metal-plate engraving. Monotype is printed from metal or glass plating and displayed on a picture painted with oil color or printed ink. Intaglio is a form of sculpting that involves making incisions to carve out a design.
Born in Arizona in 1952 and raised in Holbrook near the Navajo Reservation, he received an master of fine arts degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 1983, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in Printmaking from Northern Arizona University in 1977.
From 1986 to 1991 he directed three biennial Bradley national print and drawing exhibitions. Since 1991, he has guided Bradley's Cradle Oak Press as Printer and Coordinator. He does this for a program where noted artists collaborate with faculty and students in the creation and publishing of hand-printed editions.
He has shown his work in more than 300 solo, group, invitational and juried exhibitions. His work may be found in more than 60 public collections, including the Fogg Museum, Harvard; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Denver Art Museum; the Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, Mississippi; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, the New York Public Library; the Plains Museum, Fargo, North Dakota; and the National Museum of Posnan, Poland.