Bemis School of Art

Erin Gillespie


Erin Gillespie is a multi-media artist, specializing in painting, currently residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work is primarily figurative, with hints of abstract and expressionistic qualities. She creates oil and acrylic portraits, both large and small scale, that reflect her love for the human figure and its many personalities, as well as landscape and abstract works, recently combining the two.

Erin graduated with a BFA in Painting and a minor in Art History from Colorado State University in 1993. She continued to nourish her creativity with positions at Pinon Fine Art Gallery and Terra Firma Fine Art in Denver, Colorado, where she prepared materials for artists, consulted with art buyers, and installed exhibitions. She was also a member of the Arts Students Leaugue of Denver, all while creating her own work at her home studio in Capitol Hill. She also lived for many years in Portland Oregon and Tucson, Arizona.

Since returning to Colorado Springs in 2009, Erin’s work has been featured in many group shows at local galleries, including Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Modbo Gallery, Old Midland School, Dreamcatchers Gallery, Bemis School Gallery, and 21C Library, where she was also the Artist in Residence in 2016. Erin has had solo shows at the The Bridge Commons Gallery, Raven’s Nest, Poor Richard’s Restaurant, Goatpatch Brewery, Carnelian Coffee, and most recently at 503 West in Old Colorado City. Erin also had the honor of exhibiting her work in a solo show at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College in April and May of 2017.

Erin has been an art instructor at Bemis School of Art for almost four years and continues to teach numerous adult art classes, as well as working with at-risk youth, through Tesla/Nueva Ventura. She also teaches an occasional course at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, weekly classes at the Manitou Arts Center, and several private lessons in both painting and drawing.

Although specializing in figurative work and portraits, Erin Gillespie’s work continues to grow and change as she experiments with different mediums, various subject matter, and new commissioned pieces. Her unique artistic vision and style keep her at the forefront of rising contemporary artists.

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