Press & Other essays

Karen Eng & Sarah Gillespie for Groundwork Gallery

April 2020

Emerging from the night: a conversation with artist Sarah Gillespie.   Luminous, velvety, miraculously detailed, Moths – a series of mezzotints created by artist Sarah Gillespie – invites the viewer to contemplate the mystery of these winged night creatures. We chat with Sarah about how moths captured her fascination after a lifetime of painting landscapes,... Read more »

Jake Kennedy for PRESSING MATTERS Magazine #10

Spring 2020

“Why moths?” is a question Devon mezzotint printmaker Sarah Gillespie is used to answering – being sympathetic to the animals and their status. “They’re misunderstood, overlooked and deeply unloved by most humans,” she says. “I wasn’t looking for moths when I started drawing them around ten years ago – they came and found me. Their... Read more »

Jane Dickson for CHRISTIES’ Magazine

March 2017

After rain, the garden outside Sarah Gillespie’s studio is busy and brilliant. Green nches are loud in the darker green of an apple tree. Clustered at the window, tomatoes, rain-enamelled, hang heavy and glamorous as pomegranates. Inside, propped on a mammoth Victorian easel, a parallel world is presented in black and white. Deep Lane is... Read more »

Fiona Robinson for EVOLVER magazine

March 2017

What lies at the heart of Sarah Gillespie’s practice as an artist is a deep concern for the natural environment. She has an enduring love affair with the rural world that surrounds her. Trained as a painter in Paris and the Ruskin in Oxford she has nevertheless been working in black and white, predominately charcoal,... Read more »

Belinda Dillon for MANOR Magazine

Spring 2017

In separate conversations about art and landscape with two different friends, neither of whom knows the other, both encouraged me to seek out charcoal drawings by Sarah Gillespie. When I asked what it was that most appealed to them about her work, they paused amid the tumble of enthusiastic praise for her technical skill, her... Read more »