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William S Gillies

 (1911 - 2000)
William S. Gillies was active/lived in New York, California, Connecticut, South Carolina.  William Gillies is known for illustration-genre, portrait, dog, horse and landscape painting.

William S. Gillies

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Submitted by Bill Gillies, May 2004

William S Gillies' best known works were cover art for Ken Holt Mysteries, Nancy Drew Mysteries, Hardy Boys Mysteries, Colliers Magazine and Saturday Home Magazine (during the 40's). He also designed the lettering font "Gillies Gothic".

Gillies was one of the original members of the Westport Artists (in Connecticut) in the 50s. He also established the Portrait Group of Westport, Connecticut.

William Gillies did cover jacket work in New York City while living in Westport, Connecticut. He then moved to Hilton Head and specialized in animal portraits (horses and dogs). He eventually painted wild life especially birds. The artist also painted several landscape scenes around Hilton Head Island.

Gillies painted portraits throughout his lifetime. His most famous commission was for William T. Piper, president of Piper Aircraft Corporation.

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Obituary. Savannah Morning News, April 20, 20000

William S. Gillies, 88, of North Forest Beach, died April 18 at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics.

He was born in San Francisco and reared in Santa Monica, Calif.  He moved to Hilton Head Island in 1977 from Westport, Conn.  He was well known for his paintings of hunting dogs, illustrated 18 Nancy Drew books plus a number of the Hardy Boys series and another teen-age hero, Ken Holt, and a few magazine covers for Collier's and Liberty.

He created the Gillies Gothic typeface and was an expert in hand lettering.  During his commercial art career, he taught at Chouinard.  Through his connections with Orvis, he was dog artist and became active in Ducks Unlimited.  After moving to Hilton Head Island, he became involved in tennis.

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About  William S. Gillies

Born:  1911 - San Francisco, California
Died:   2000 - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Known for:  illustration-genre, portrait, dog, horse and landscape painting