Meet Samuel J. Gillis of Gillis Contemporary in Camarillo


Today we’d like to introduce you to Samuel J. Gillis.

Samuel was born with a crayon in his hand and has been making art ever since. His early exposure included cartooning which developed into an avid interest in developing a formal education in fine art. In his 20s Sam did a stint at Columbia College Chicago where he met noted fine art painter Eddwin Meyers who offered him the opportunity to be classically trained in an environment with greater creative freedom at The Atelier Alternative. Always one to follow his own path, Sam left the traditional setting of a university for the Atelier where he honed his style and craft over the course of a twelve year residency.

During this time, he also managed an astute gallery in Chicago and established himself as a serious artist in the Chicago art scene. Gillis developed into a prolific 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. As well, Sam’s paintings are part of international collections in Spain, Italy, New York, Guatemala, Russia and San Francisco. He has also been featured in television, movies and publications nationwide...

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