Bill Gillon – Retrospective II Exhibition
Scottish Art Club
May 2nd – June 2nd
PREVIEW: Wednesday 2nd May 6-8pm
This is the second retrospective exhibition of SSA Past President Bill Gillon’s works to be shown at the Scottish Art Club following the discovery of 300 plus unseen works by the artist. This exhibition is accompanied by a talk: “Bill Gillon Unwrapped” to be given by Stephen Gillon (son) on 12th May, 3.30pm.
As a teenager, Bill was encouraged by his art teacher Richard Demarco to try his hand at Art College. At Art College Bill quickly gravitated towards figurative painting but latterly he had thought of studying sculpture. Both are dominant in the subject work of his paintings. Bill did not always work well with authority and towards the end of his college career found himself in the position of being suspended from college at the same time as being awarded a painting prize.
After college Bill taught at number schools including his old school Scotus before settling at Telford College for 30 odd years.
The subject matter of Bills work was often very dark (especially during the 70s). This and his uncompromising attitude towards showing and selling the work led to controversy and a reputation for being difficult. The family believes that Bill had a stroke while in Amsterdam 7 years ago, his ability to paint or draw was completely destroyed and he has been unable to work since then and has been resident in a care home since.
The nature of Bill’s illness means he remembers very little of his past life and does not always recognize his own work but if asked about himself he is very clear that he is an artist. Stephen, Bill’s son, has assisted the Club in organising this exhibition.