A historic sixty-foot fish boat was under full restoration in a shipyard, being stripped of a hundred years of paint layers, inside and out. This photograph depicts a wall in the galley where all the cupboards, shelving and benches had been stripped away, leaving areas of stained and distressed wood. Much later, when I was editing my shots of that day, I saw in this photo the suggestion of animal figures, reminiscent of the ancient cave paintings in Lascaux, France.
In 1997 I made the transition from executive producer in film to fine art photographer. Since then I have been exploring abstraction, producing painterly work that is more about texture, colour and composition and less about representational subject matter.
The LIGHT IMITATING ART series, explores mechanical ways of altering light sources, creating black & white images that appear more like charcoal sketches than photographs. I am drawn to surrealism, images borne out of dreams and the creative sub-conscience. It is in this exciting experimentation with light, that a figure or reference to a slightly definable object may emerge. Often the question: what am I looking at? The answer is simply, light.
My series of SURFACES has emerged through discovery of art in found objects. Splashes of graffiti or poster remnants create opportunities for compositions, which exist for only a brief moment in time before being painted over or scraped away. I have explored ancient walls in Europe and local industrial sites in search of weathered stone or wood, rusted metal and distressed paint, while finding a fascination in documenting man-made materials’ never-ending attempt to return to nature. I employ closely cropped images to remove any contextual reference, with the objective of creating a painterly, abstract image.
In my LIGHT and FLORA series, I play with light as well as camera motion, to distort the subject matter, creating images that appear more like drawings or paintings, than photographs.
2001 through 2007 I had a studio/gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver. This resulted in my work finding it's way into private and corporate collections worldwide.
INTERIOR DESIGN and CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
HELEN GREEN DESIGN, London, UK
WINDSOR SMITH HOME, Los Angeles
NANCY BLAINE DESIGN, New York
CAMERON DESIGN GROUP, Los Angeles
REDMOND ALDRICH DESIGN, San Francisco
CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY DESIGN, Palm Springs, California
CHARETTE INTERIOR DESIGN, New York
SVZ INTERIOR DESIGN, Venice Beach, California
URBAN CHALET INTERIOR DESIGN, San Francisco
HANOVER AVENUE DESIGN, Paris
HUGH LANE, Melbourne Australia
AMY MEIER DESIGN, Rancho Sante Fe, California
BLU HOMES showcase home: 'Breezehouse' in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, California
PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN 2014, Pasadena, California
INTERIOR ILLUSIONS, Los Angeles, Palm Springs
CHRISTOPHER DAVID ASSOC, Los Angeles
SARI MILLER ART COLLECTIONS, West Hills, California
ABITAR GROUP, Montreal, Los Angeles
TARA BENET DESIGN, New York
GILLIAN (Lefkowitz) DESIGN, Los Angeles
DALE BLUMBERG INTERIORS, New York
INSIGHT DESIGN GROUP, Vancouver, Canada
THE LONDON FURNISHING COMPANY, London UK
2017 'Light Imitating Art :: Light Play' (60 x 72) installed by Windsor Smith Design in a display booth at High Point Market, N. Carolina
2016 'Lighthouse' (4 x 6 ft photograph) installed in the offices of Sunset Gowers Studios in Hollywood
2016 ABC Studios in Los Angeles purchased the photograph 'Stormy Weather' for the TV series "Quantico'.
2016 BOSTON PIZZA FOUNDATION Executive Golf Tournament, Vancouver :: 1st & 2nd Place Prizes. The 16 winners were gifted their choice of framed Gillian Lindsay art.
2016 IC Art-Miami purchased 54 photographs from the FLORA series for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' ship 'Harmony of the Seas'
2015 Courtney Lake, Designer, San Francisco displayed 'Circle Square' in a prefab home design during DWELL ON DESIGN event in Los Angeles, hosted by Dwell Magazine. The photograph sold.
2015 FLUFF DESIGN displayed 8 photographs in a $3 million home in Vancouver for HGTV's 'LOVE IT OR LIST IT' television series.
2015 VANCOUVER MODERN HOME TOUR. 7 large photographs of 'Surfaces' displayed in an ultra-modern home for the Tour, sponsored by Western Living Magazine.
2015 RICHMOND GENERAL HOSPITAL art collection added 'Autumn Ridge' and 'Sentinels' in Vancouver, Canada; OCEANSIDE HOSPICE art collection added 'Rust Never Rests' series of 4 photographs on Vancouver Island.
2015 BOSTON PIZZA FOUNDATION Executive Golf Tournament, Vancouver :: 1st & 2nd Place Prizes. The 16 winners were gifted their choice of framed Gillian Lindsay art.
2011 MITCHELL FREEDLAND DESIGN, Vancouver (2011 International Interior Design Association - Global Excellence Award Winner) purchased 3 large photographs for the new SETAI FIFTH AVENUE 5 star hotel in New York. As well, 6 photographs were purchased for the $100 million renovation of the historic ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA in Vancouver. Notable past guests: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Queen Elizabeth, John Wayne, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Errol Flynn (died while a guest at the hotel) ...
2010 VANCOUVER ART GALLERY displayed 4 large photographs in the Concord Pacific VIP penthouse suites during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
2010 MITCHELL FREEDLAND DESIGN, Vancouver (2010 Best of Canada Awards winner - Canadian Interiors Magazine) purchased 3 photographs for a client in Florida.
2010 MUNGE LEUNG DESIGN (multiple award winners) purchased 2 photographs for a contemporary boutique hotel opening in Toronto.
2009 MATTHEW FINLASON, (host of HGTV 'THE STAGERS'), displayed 2 photographs in an episode designing a $3.3 million Vancouver condo. In 2010 Matthew purchased 2 photographs for the lobby of the condo complex he lives in.
2009 NITA LAKE LODGE resort hotel in Whistler, BC, Canada. Opened for the 2010 Winter Olympics. 4 photographs located in the lobby and fine dining room.
2008 - 2016 ABC Studios' GREY'S ANATOMY television series. The Surgical Lobby set displayed 6 large photographs: 'Rust Never Rests' collection of photographs.
2006 Photographs: 'Intersections' (triptych) and 'Strait' were added to the ST. PAUL'S HOSPITAL ART COLLECTION in Vancouver, Canada
OTHER CORPORATE COLLECTORS
Financial Affairs, Government of Dubai, UAE
Securities Lending, UBS Securities Asia, Hong Kong
Finning International, Vancouver, Canada
Mayor of City of Vancouver, Canada
Mayor of North Vancouver, Canada
Autonomy Capital, London, England
Georgia Pacific Developments, Nanaimo, Canada
Albany Dental, Queensland, Australia
Research, Medicine Faculty, UBC, Canada
Plastic Surgery-Trauma, Richmond General Hospital, Vancouver
Plastic Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Shock Trauma, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Canada
(My work has gone to many other corporate and private collections through commercial gallery sales, where the recipients names have not been made available to me)
ARTPARIS GRAND PALAIS
32 Saatchi Online Gallery artists were chosen from 3777 artists worldwide, to exhibit at the ARTPARIS show in Paris, France in March 2011. Six photographs from my LIGHT IMITATING ART collection were displayed in the show.
INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS - PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP
7000+ international photographs judged annually by Sotheby's Paris, Christie's New York, Contemporary Art Society London and other prestigious gallery curators worldwide...
2017 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations: 'Equator', 'Obliques' & 'Cannaregio'
2016 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nomination for: 'Mist in the Hollows'
2015 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nomination for: 'Flight'
2014 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: 2nd Place Merit of Excellence for: 'Bella Donna'
2013 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nomination for: ‘Hypnotic’
BLACK and WHITE SPIDER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
9000+ international photographs judged annually by The Tate Gallery (London) Curator of Photography, as well as other gallery directors worldwide, National Geographic and photo magazine editors in Paris, Milan, Berlin, Brussels, Brazil, New York, Singapore, Shanghai ...
2016 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection:
'Allegro', 'Burning Man', Light Forms' and 'Light Stride'
2015 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection:
'Venus', 'Relationship', 'A Photo Finish' and 'Light Spring Breeze'
2014 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: 'Bring To The Light', 'Light Twirl', 'Lighthearted' and 'Masquerade'
2013 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: ‘Houses of the Holy’ and ‘Drift’
2012 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: ‘Backlight' , 'Light As Air' and 'Limelight’
2011 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Nominations in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: ‘Speed of Light’ and ‘Wild Light’
LA GRANDE PHOTO AWARDS
2016 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: High Distinction Award: 'Light Imitating Art - Venus'
2016 LA GRANDE PHOTO BOOK: photograph :: 'Light Imitating Art: 'Venus'
2014 BLEEK MAGAZINE: Stone, Wood & Metal abstracts. 22 images + article: 'Essence of Surfaces'.
2013 INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS JOURNAL - COLLECTION 3: Winning photographs.
2013 ADORE NOIR MAGAZINE: 15 page feature article, 15 black & white images.
2012 THE PHOTO PAPER: winners and nominated artwork from the 6th annual Black & White Spider awards, "the world's finest photography".