Born in Scotland on May 18, 1896. Gillies became a citizen of the United States in 1912. By 1920 he was a resident of Oakland and in 1924 he was a pupil at the California School of Fine Arts. At that school he won a scholarship for further study at the Art Students League in New York City. During 1935-36 he lived in Los Angeles and taught at Chouinard School of Art. He was in the West Indies at the time of his death in October 1976. Exhibited: Sanborn & Vail Gallery (San Francisco), 1924.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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