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Samuel Gillis and his Journey

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Samuel Gillis and his Journey
One of the Founders Wrinkle Art Samuel Gillis and his Journey
Samuel J. Gillis, Chicago native, and world traveler has spent a lifetime in service to his passion and appreciation for art. Gillis’ early exposure in cartooning developed into an obsession that led to a formal education in fine art. Sam has been fortunate to study in some of the finest art programs including Columbia College Chicago and The Atelier Alternative. He was a proud recipient of a scholarship to attend The School of the Art Institute Chicago. A lifelong student of his craft, Gillis is currently a Hoosier and expects to graduate from Indiana University in May.

Gillis is a prolific artist who’s been featured in museums and exhibitions including the National Museum of Mexican Art and John G. Shedd Aquarium. As well, his works are part of international collections in Spain, Italy, New York, Guatemala, Russia, and San Francisco. He’s been featured in television, movies, and publications nationwide for his own work and mentorship of other artists and global initiatives at the center of his mission to help build a better world through art.

Gillis is eagerly engaged with both his local and global community and as such, is a frequent donor to organizations including YMCA Michiana, Habitat for Humanity, Y-Me Breast Cancer Awareness, Chicago Food Pantry, Children’s Memorial Hospital, and the Make A Wish Foundation. Gillis founded Gallery Swarm in Chicago, Illinois, and has since expanded it into a global online community serving artists of every kind and geographical location. Sam currently lives and paints in South Bend, Indiana with his writer wife, three dogs, and a bird.

One of the Founders Wrinkle Art Samuel Gillis and his Journey

My paintings are the way I create my world. I live something and then I paint it. Or I paint something and then I live it. I’ve created thousands of pieces. And each one corresponds to a part of my self and my experience that I can only express through painting. I’m classically trained and appreciate the foundation that gave me to explore my insider roots to teach myself new techniques. The broad range I’ve been able to master lets me create in virtually any style from Renaissance to Verdaccio to modern, landscape, still life, figurative, or realism. I create anything I can find. Cardboard, canvas, doors. If there are 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.

Professional Experience

Grumbacher Instructor – Ventura CA – March 2010 – Present

As a Grumbacher Instructor in an open studio setting, there would be the management of ten or more students where lesson planning, nurturing students, history of art, technique, samples of paintings, color theory, communication skills as well as promotional workshops are some of the core duties of an instructor held at Michaels art supply retail shop.

Wrinkle Art online – Camarillo CA November 2016 – Present

Wrinkle art is the brainchild of Samuel Gillis and Glendy X. Mattalia.as an owner we develop and relationships in our community, organizations, and artists that is mutually beneficial. Being in the gallery business for over ten years we have learned from our past endeavors have developed a unique site as well as an online experience featuring works by Samuel Gillis owner, contemporary artists, and a vast collection of private art. Web design, marketing, promoting, hosting events, selling, and placing art in the home across the United States. Wrinkle Art has artists from around the world and has in collections globally.

Gallery Swarm, LLC • Chicago IL • December 2010 – Present

Managed all administrative gallery operations including collector relations, artist payouts, website design and maintenance, social marketing, and graphic design. As well, lead and instructed in open studios and classes for artists with all degrees of expertise. The curated collection that included works from artists such as Ed Paschke, Roger Moy, Errol Ortiz, Marc Hauser, and Peter Mars.

Arts Entertainment • Chicago, IL • May 2013 – October 2013 (Contract)

Sourced, recruited, and hired talent for interviews that streamed live on the AE site. Acquired talent nationally and internationally in varied types of art media including musicians, painters, sculptors, art centers, galleries, and schools. Scheduled interviews and managed the production from conception to execution at local and satellite sites and promotion on social media.

Maison Rouge Gallerie • Chicago, IL • February 2006 – October 2010

Managed all administrative gallery operations including collector relations, event producer, website design and maintenance, social marketing, and graphic design. Art acquisition, handling, and sales of private high-end art collections including works from artists such as Preston Jackson and Andy Warhol.

Bottles and Brushes • Chicago, IL • February 2008 – June 2010

Instructor at public and private events including corporate, parties, meetings, and fundraisers at a variety of venues throughout the Chicagoland area. Instruction included a myriad of different styles, mediums, and techniques for students at every level from beginner to professional. Class sizes varied from 5-100 students...

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