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Russell Gillespie Portrait

Russell Gillespie

Born:
North Carolina 1922

Active in:

  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina

Photo Caption:
Photograph by Jeff Camp. Courtesy Jeff and Jane Camp Papers. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Luce Artist Biography

Russell Gillespie grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and has lived there his entire life. He spends his summer months "doing truck farming and raising tobacco" (American Folk Art Company, Virginia), but in the winter he carves sculptures from tree roots and burls. In 1950 he was ordained a Baptist minister and now preaches in small churches in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison Counties.