Light Imitating Art® :: Backlight
I am often asked: what am I looking at? … the answer is simply, light.
I am drawn to surrealism; images borne out of dreams and the creative subconscious. I experiment with altered light sources, as well as camera motion and double exposure. The ‘Light Imitating Art’ series is shot in studio, utilizing either smooth or textured surfaces, contributing a further subtle element of mystery. In this exciting exploration of random abstraction, a figure or a suggestion of a slightly definable object sometimes emerges.
Overall Limited Edition of 25
2011 BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS :
Nomination in the Professional - Abstract category.
Over 9000 photographs from 70+ countries.
Judges from Tate Gallery & Sotheby's, London and other prestigious gallery curators & photo magazine editors worldwide.
View the full collection by Gillian Lindsay: www.purephoto.com/gillianlindsay
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.
In the LIGHT IMITATING ART series, I am drawn to surrealism; images borne out of dreams and the creative subconscious. I experiment with altered light sources, as well as camera motion and double exposure. The ‘Light Imitating Art’ series is shot in studio, utilizing either smooth or textured surfaces, contributing a further subtle element of mystery. In this exciting exploration of random abstraction, a figure or a suggestion of a slightly definable object sometimes emerges. I am often asked: what am I looking at? … the answer is simply, light.
My SURFACES series 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, FLORA and COLOR FIELDS series, I play with light and nature, as well as macro lenses and camera motion to distort the subject, creating an abstract painterly effect.
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS and INTERIOR DESIGN
HELEN GREEN DESIGN, London, UK
WINDSOR SMITH HOME, Los Angeles
WHEELOCK PROPERTIES, Hong Kong
HANOVER AVENUE DESIGN, Paris
NANCY BLAINE DESIGN, New York
JAMIE BUSH & CO, Los Angeles
MICHAEL LIN INTERIORS, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
JEANNE MOESCHLER INTERIOR DESIGN, San Francisco
DALE BLUMBERG INTERIORS, New York
BRADLEY BAYOU DESIGN, Los Angeles
ASH NYC 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
SLATE ART, Oakland, California
URBAN CHALET INTERIOR DESIGN, San Francisco
MELISSA LENOX DESIGN, Charleston, SC
SUSAN DENEAU INTERIOR DESIGN, Los Angeles
HUGH LANE, Melbourne, Australia
VIDA DESIGN, Portland
AO Design Studio, Los Angeles
AMY MEIER DESIGN, Rancho Sante Fe, California
BLU HOMES showcase home: 'Breezehouse' in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles
ERIKA BRUDER DESIGN, San Marino, California
INTERIOR ILLUSIONS, Los Angeles & Palm Springs
LEGASPI COURTS DESIGN, Los Angeles
CHRISTOPHER DAVID ASSOC, Los Angeles
MITCHELL FREEDLAND DESIGN, Vancouver
SARI MILLER ART COLLECTIONS, West Hills, California
ABITAR GROUP, Montreal, Los Angeles
BRISTAL DESIGN, Bellevue, WA
GILLIAN (Lefkowitz) DESIGN, Los Angeles
INSIGHT DESIGN GROUP, Vancouver, Canada
THE LONDON FURNISHING COMPANY, London UK
TARA BENET DESIGN, New York
2020 'GOSSIP GIRL' TV series (reboot) installed 5 photographs on the permanent sets :: 'Field of Dreams', 'Mistral', 'Rushtko II', 'Wanting' and 'Wave'.
2020 PARK HYATT AVIARA PREMIER SUITES, Carlsbad, CA installed 5 photographs: 'Beachgrass', 'Confluence', 'Shasta' :: Flora series and 'Haven', 'Sheltered' :: Color Fields series.
2020 MARRIOTT HOTELS - PALO ALTO, installed 'Shasta' (35 x 35) :: Flora series, and 'Billows' (35 x 35) :: Color Fields series.
2020 THE KEG RESTAURANTS, installed 5 photographs in the permanent collection in Mississauga, ON, Canada. 'Fields of Rust I, II, III', World of Rust' triptych and 'Red Dot' :: Metal Surfaces series.
2019 'MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY' displayed 'Windblown' :: Flora series (40 x 60). Bravo Network.
2019 'Light Touch' :: Light Imitating Art series, and 'Library Columns' :: City Series, installed in EARLS YALETOWN, a popular Vancouver restaurant
2019 'Tideline' :: Color Fields series. Diptych, 2 panels 60 x 40, installed by SLATE ART in a residence apartment lobby in Oakland CA
2019 'Vote For Love' (48 x 72) installation by ART WORKS GALLERY in 'The Peak Residence', SFU, Vancouver
2017 'Light Imitating Art :: Light Play' (60 x 72) installation by WINDSOR SMITH DESIGN at High Point Market, N. Carolina
2017 ABC Studios' GREY'S ANATOMY television series for 9 seasons, since 2008. The Surgical Lobby set displayed 6 large pieces: 'Rust Never Rests' collection of photographs.
2016 -2017 ABC Studios in Los Angeles displayed the photograph 'Stormy Weather' on the TV series 'QUANTICO' for 2 seasons.
2016 & 2015 BOSTON PIZZA FOUNDATION Executive Golf Tournament, Vancouver :: 1st & 2nd Place Prizes. The 16 winners were gifted their choice of framed Gillian Lindsay art.
2016 'Lighthouse' (48 x 60) installed in the offices of Sunset Gower Film Studios, Hollywood.
2016 IC Art-Miami purchased 54 photographs from the FLORA series for ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES' new 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 HGTV's 'LOVE IT OR LIST IT VANCOUVER' television series displayed 8 photographs in a $3 million home installed by FLUFF DESIGN
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.
2014 PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN, Pasadena, California. Annual interior design tour. 3 photographs were displayed.
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 and 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.
2006 Photographs: 'Intersections' (triptych) and 'Strait' were added to the ST. PAUL'S HOSPITAL ART COLLECTION in Vancouver, Canada
OTHER CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
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
Hockeystick Software, Toronto, Canada
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...
2022 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Nomination: 'Noir Blanc II'
2021 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Honorable Mention: "Heart of Gold' + Nomination: 'Xanadu''
2020 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Honorable Mention: 'Beyond the Pale'
2020 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Nominations: 'Sheltered' + 'Sound of Silence'
2019 PROFESSIONAL - FINE ART Category: Honorable Mention: 'Now and Zen'
2019 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Honorable Mention: 'Arsenale' & Nomination: 'A36'
2018 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Honorable Mention: 'Origami II' & Nomination: 'Flight Path'
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 ...
2019 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT Category: Honorable Mention: 'Field of Dreams'
2018 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Nomination in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: 'Dream'
2017 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Nomination in LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: 'Eve'
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: High Distinction Award: LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: 'Burning Man'
2016 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Honorable Mention: LIGHT IMITATING ART collection:
'Eve', 'Light Forms' and 'Light As Air'
2015 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: High Distinction Award: LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: Venus'
FINE ART PHOTO AWARDS
2018 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Nomination :: LIGHT IMITATING ART collection: 'Light As Air'
ND PHOTO AWARDS
2017 PROFESSIONAL - ABSTRACT: Honorable Mention :: LIGHT IMITATING ART collection:
2019 INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS :: Winners Book :: 2 photographs
2019 SQUARE MAGAZINE :: 10 photographs in the 'Light Imitating Art' series
2018 INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS :: Winners Book :: 2 photographs
2017 TRADITIONAL HOME: full page ad by Windsor Smith Home for High Point Market, N.Carolina
2016 LA GRANDE PHOTO BOOK: photograph :: LIGHT IMITATING ART collection ::
'Burning Man', 'Eve', 'Light Forms' and 'Light As Air'
2015 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".