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Tom Gilleon Teebow Tipi Contemporary Western Fine Art Canvas

Teebow Tipi
by R. Tom Gilleon

So, we really did pick up the phone to ask Florida born and raised, onetime University of Florida pitcher Tom Gilleon if there was any connection between Teebow Tipi and Heisman Trophy winning, University of Florida come Denver Bronco quarterback. Of course, it’s possible that there wasn’t; after all, he did spell Teebow with two ee’s. And, it could be a river near where he lives in Montana; because after all, he did spell Teebow with two ee’s. Or maybe even a town; because after all, he did spell Teebow with two ee’s.

Well, it turns out that he is just a big old University of Florida turned Bronco Tebow fan that chose to spell Teebow with two ee’s. “I paint tipis,” says Gilleon. “Spelling Teebow the way I did gives the painting an illusion that it is a contemporary western work of art and not homage to a great quarterback. Actually, if you think about it, when I painted the original, Tim was still in Florida. Now that he is with the Broncos, I could have titled the work Tebow Tipi and it could accurately be defined as a contemporary western work of art.”

And the American flag at adorning the tipi entrance? “Did I just say ‘great quarterback’? I think I meant to say ‘great American quarterback’.”

Sizing and Pricing:

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 125 s/n. 18"w x 16"h. $325
(Gallery Wrap available for an additional $30.)  




About 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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