A virtual art gallery of paintings, prints and experimental media by
Joe Gillespie.
Joe Gillespie studied graphic design, printmaking, bookbinding and jewellery at Belfast College of Art from 1964 to 1968 and won a place at the Royal College of Art, London, in September 1968. As a student, he had work selected for an exhibition of young British artists at The Louvre, Paris, in 1970. Graduating from The RCA in 1971 (Master of Design RCA) he began a fulfilling career in advertising. Among his many accolades, he won D&AD Silver Awards for Benson & Hedges (most outstanding point of sale campaign, 1981) and Cockburn's Port (most outstanding packaging, 1985) In parallel with his art direction and design work, Joe experimented with computers and the fusion of fine art and micro-electronics (1980-85) Sidestepping conventional 'design for print and advertising' and combining his unique art, design and computer skills, he founded Pixel Productions in 1989. As a pioneer in the area of 'new media' (CD ROMs, software, video, internet) he worked with clients such as Apple Computer, Microsoft, Canon, Sony and led the development of the first electronic (Web-based) newspaper for The Daily Telegraph. In 1996, Joe launched Web Page Design for Designers, which is now the premier resource for Web designers on the Web, with top Google ranking. Again, using his proficiency in art and computer programming, he began creating abstract imagery for contemporary printmaking in 1997. MiniFonts.com was formed in 2001 to produce and market 'pixel' fonts for Web and interface designers – including his now ubiquitous Mini 7 font. In January 2005, Joe opened a small studio/workshop in Mortlake, South West London and continues to work with acrylic on canvas, mixed media and electronics on canvas and giclée printmaking.