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“Tom was showing me some of his MMXX sketches and some things he was working on. And I was just blown away by his ideas and his need to still innovate and break out of the box and do different things and stimulate himself and be creative and challenge himself at every turn. These fruits of his transition from gallery representation to personal representation are incredibly exciting for us collectors.”

- Seth Hopkins, Executive Director of Booth Western Art Museum | Smithsonian Institution Associate

Selected Works

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Evolving Evolution
Oil on canvas
60 x 120 inches

“Native American lives quickly evolved toward extinction. This painting is painted layer upon layer of not only paint but also image overlaying image over image, layer upon layer—evolving.”      - Tom Gilleon

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Gary Owen Blues oil on canvas 48 x 36 inches

Gary Owen Blues
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
“Gary Owen refers to the marching music favored by
General Armstrong Custer, which was reputed
to have been played during the attack on a village
on the Washita. The music was heard but no soldiers
were seen because of the heavy, misty fog and ice.”

- Tom Gilleon

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Slow Bull’s Eye
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 inches

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“Slow Bull had a unique design for his face paint. It was to help him observe how all things in life have beginnings and endings but do not begin or end.  His wife was rather frightening in appearance and might have inspired the Bull’s Eye.”     - Tom Gilleon

Brule oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches

Brule
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
“This is the result of another dream. It is still unclear
what the dream meant, but the most likely answer is
reaction to the sad, violent, and tragic treatment.”

- Tom Gilleon

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Zebrave
Oil on canvas 
60 x 60 inches
SOLD
“The word ‘zebra’ blended with the word ‘brave’
began with a dream featuring the mixing of the two
words. To my knowledge, no Native American ever
saddled a zebra."   
- Tom Gilleon

Magpie oil on canvas

Magpie
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches
SOLD
 

 

 

Indian Sunset
Oil on canvas
50 x 80 inches
SOLD

Weasel Tail
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

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Wings of Man
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 inches

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Pemmican
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

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Mourning Star
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 inches
SOLD - AT RUSSELL AUCTION FOR $350,000!

 

Evolving Evolution
Oil on canvas
60 x 120 inches

“Native American lives quickly evolved toward extinction. This painting is painted layer upon layer of not only paint but also image overlaying image over image, layer upon layer—evolving.”      - Tom Gilleon

Gary Owen Blues oil on canvas 48 x 36 inches

Gary Owen Blues
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
“Gary Owen refers to the marching music favored by
General Armstrong Custer, which was reputed
to have been played during the attack on a village
on the Washita. The music was heard but no soldiers
were seen because of the heavy, misty fog and ice.”

- Tom Gilleon

Slow Bull’s Eye
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 inches

SOLD
“Slow Bull had a unique design for his face paint. It was to help him observe how all things in life have beginnings and endings but do not begin or end.  His wife was rather frightening in appearance and might have inspired the Bull’s Eye.”     - Tom Gilleon

Brule oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches

Brule
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 inches
“This is the result of another dream. It is still unclear
what the dream meant, but the most likely answer is
reaction to the sad, violent, and tragic treatment.”

- Tom Gilleon

Zebrave
Oil on canvas 
60 x 60 inches
SOLD
“The word ‘zebra’ blended with the word ‘brave’
began with a dream featuring the mixing of the two
words. To my knowledge, no Native American ever
saddled a zebra."   
- Tom Gilleon

Magpie oil on canvas

Magpie
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches
SOLD
 

 

 

Indian Sunset
Oil on canvas
50 x 80 inches
SOLD

Weasel Tail
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

Wings of Man
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 inches

Pemmican
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

Mourning Star
Oil on canvas
80 x 60 inches
SOLD - AT RUSSELL AUCTION FOR $350,000!

 

“I’m painting my masterworks right now—as if every painting was my last.”

- Tom Gilleon

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Detail of Zebrave
oil on canvas 
60 x 60 inches

About MMXX

I have been extremely fortunate over many years to have a profession that provided a very generous income while doing something I truly enjoyed.  I’ve been a freelance illustrator, a concept and show designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, and finally a fine art painter.

As an illustrator—one is given a set of requirements that must be met in order to have a successful illustration that accomplishes the purpose of the art:  Logos,  advertisements, corporate annual reports, etc..

Concept and show design are much the same as illustration, but in more dimensional formats:  Theme parks, attractions, architectural designs, etc..  However, both illustration and concept design fill requirements set by others.

As a fine art painter, one has more freedom to decide content—up to a point.  Then potential sales often dictate subject, style, colors, size, and medium.

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Pemmican
oil on canvas
50 x 50 inches

“Tom Gilleon is first and foremost an outstanding human being.  He’s able to think on multiple levels as he tells a story in his art.  I think those years at Disney really took his creative mind and honed his skills. Tom engages us and inspires us to appreciate the American West.  That’s an amazing accomplishment.”

       - Tom Petrie, Former Chairman Bank of America | Founder Petrie Institute of Art | Trustee C.M Russell Museum

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Painting Series - Slow Bull’s Eye

Painting Series - Brule

Painting Series - Gary Owens Blues

Painting Series - Zebrave

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Magpie
oil on canvas

Over the years—even though I considered myself extremely fortunate—I still wanted more.  What I longed for was to be as free as when I was drawing for hours in the white sand of my grandparents’ front yard.  I have longed to draw and paint what I want, how I want my paintings to look— and the subject, style, colors, size, and medium that I choose.  With the freedom to save it—or burn it.  Burning paintings is an extremely cathartic act at times!

Now I am the one to decide what is art and what isn’t.  To once again become that supremely confident, at times arrogant, at other times humble—carefree artist that I once was drawing in the sand at the age of 5.   This is my “vision”.     

Now approaching my 80th year—I took this bold step in 2020.  I refer to this phase of my life in art as “2020 Vision” or “MMXX”.  I have many painting designs I want to execute under this banner.  Each will be in my personal collection and many will not be for sale.  I would like to let a few of my friends and collectors become aware here when a new work becomes available.  As I focus more attention to painting the museum quality masterworks I’ve longed to paint, I expect my production will decrease.  Here then are my first MMXX paintings with a few for sale.

“No artist in the world today—in any art movement, genre, or style—continues to innovate like Tom Gilleon.  From his career at Walt Disney Imagineering conceptualizing international theme parks that became EPCOT, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo, and Shanghai—to his recent invention of the moving digital painting—Tom Gilleon is the contemporary fine art genius of our time.  But his humble wit and humanity is what gets me.  He’s an authentic Montana rancher and artist like Charlie Russell. “

 

- Tom Figarelle, Executive Director of The C. M. Russell Museum

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