Illness is an Illusion
Artwork by Samuel Gilis
May 14 – August 1, 2014
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery) presents Illness is an Illusion, works by Samuel Gillis. Gillis is a classically trained artist whose work has been featured in museums and exhibitions including the National Museum of Mexican Art, John G. Shedd Aquarium and River East Art Center. Gillis is based out of Chicago and now resides in Indiana. Sam’s paintings are part of international collections in Spain, Italy, New York, Guatemala and San Francisco. Gillis’ work can be found on his website at www.gillisfineart.com.
Gillis states “When I was 22 I had a drug induced psychotic break. Reality stopped having any meaning and for a few days there, I felt like everything I’d been experiencing in my life until that moment suddenly came rushing out in vividly artistic psychedelic animations. When I sank back into consciousness, I was surprised to find out my “real” world no longer existed. I had to rebuild. From scratch. So I made a painting. And then another one. And another one. And slowly but surely, a new world emerged.”
Samuel Gillis is a very prolific artist. “I create on anything I can find. Cardboard, canvas, doors. If there’s paint and something to paint on I create. Often, I don’t even use a brush. I’ll grab a business card or a popsicle stick and get to painting. My goal as an artist is to create without judgment and let everyone see whatever they see in my work. Because art, like life, is just a matter of perception.”
Wednesday May 14, 2014
5:30pm - 7:00pm
131 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m.
Kim Webb, (614) 225-0990 ext. 1208
Myken Pullins, (614) 225-0980