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R. Tom Gilleon - Hungry Fox Equinox -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Hungry Fox Equinox
by R. Tom Gilleon

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Limited Edition of: 45
Image Size: 30"w x 18"h.
Published: March 2016

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Several years ago, Tom Gilleon began collaborating with Marshall Monroe, a fellow veteran of Disney’s Imagineering studio, on a new kind of digital artwork, a multiplatform and transmedia storytelling piece, called "Hungry Fox Equinox." The ensuing digital installation is comprised of 24 Gilleon paintings of a tipi in nature which fade in and out and over each other to create a very slow animation that tells the story of a single day in just a few minutes. Around and inside the tipi, the light changes, snow falls, smoke rises, a flute is heard in the distance. The tipi is the only thing that remains more or less stationery in the digital painting.

The installation premiered at the C.M. Russell Museum in 2014 and was sold at their Silent Auction and Art Preview for $250,000 to an anonymous buyer who donated it to the museum’s permanent collection.

The Greenwich Workshop is honored to publish a dramatic fine art edition from the "Hungry Fox Equinox" digital painting, complete with . . . yes, the hungry fox, the equinox and soft light glowing from the tipi closed tight against the snowy evening.

“Native Americans didn’t stand outside of the natural world looking in. They were part of it,” says Gilleon, who was raised by his grandmother, a full blooded Cherokee and his Scottish immigrant grandfather. “My work is largely an attempt to bridge the gap between their way of seeing things and ours.”

R. Tom Gilleon
“Looking back, I was probably most influenced by the old era art directors and illustrators who had the amazing ability to quickly and simply tell a story or convey a feeling with their artwork. I believe that this simplicity and strength is the key to fine art. Light, color, value, composition and line are paramount in importance.” – R. Tom Gilleon R. Tom Gilleon’s art is hard to pigeonhole. His interpretations of the American West are genuine and unique. His representations of native teepees are archetypal and primitive in their basic forms yet they are remarkably contemporary in composition with a sprinkling of personal symbols and humor. Gilleon’s work is coveted by collectors, increasingly finding homes in prominent museums and auctions such as the Coeur d’Alene. Gilleon was born in 1942 and raised in Florida by his grandparents in the tiny outpost of Starke, near Jacksonville and the storied banks of the Suwannee River. His grandfather had immigrated to the United States from Scotland and became a renowned cabinetmaker. His grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee. Gilleon earned a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Florida where he took courses in architecture. He served in the Navy in the early 1960s and then worked as an illustrator for NASA’s Apollo space program. Eventually, he went solo as a freelance illustrator based in Orlando and was hired by The Walt Disney Corporation to deliver conceptual sketches and designs for its Disney World theme park. Later, he moved to California to work at Disney’s Imagineering studio which designed Epcot Center and then Gilleon assisted in the planning of Disneyland Tokyo, Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland Paris. The American West left a mesmerizing impact on him as an artist. Gilleon and his wife first built a home along the Dearborn River in Montana, and later purchased a ranch near Great Falls not far from the legendary Old North Trail where native peoples traveled millennia ago from the Arctic to the desert Southwest. Here Gilleon found clusters of teepee rings from encampments which inspire him to contemplate how the camps might have looked centuries ago.


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