Inner Light: The Art of Tom Gilleon

Inner Light: The Art of Tom Gilleon

On view now through August 25, 2024
Bilingual Exhibit | Exposición Bilingüe


Known for his luminescent colors and authentic portrayal of Native Americans, Tom Gilleon is one of the most respected masters in the Contemporary Western art movement. His sophisticated use of colors has been described as “magical elegance” by Patrick Hemingway (noted writer, Gilleon collector and friend) and compared to modern greats Edward Hopper and Mark Rothko.

Inner Light is a 70-painting career retrospective featuring 12-oil paintings on loan from Walt Disney Imagineering where Gilleon worked at the side of Walt Disney Imagineering art legend Herb Ryman and his art helped develop the concepts for Imagineering’s projects around he world.

In addition to showcasing paintings created throughout his Western art career, the exhibit also debuts the world premier of Spirit Catcher, his stunning 22-minute digital painting triptych that magically morphs before viewers eyes, created with former Walt Disney Imagineer and concept designer Marshall Monroe of Marshall Monroe Magic.

Gilleon’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Whitney Western Art Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the C.M. Russell Museum, the Booth Museum of Western Art, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, NASA, the United States Air Force, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Studios.

The retrospective’s 60-page brochure and 200-page hardback book are being designed by award-winning graphic artist Derrit DeRouen and edited by Norman Kolpas, the writer and publisher of more than 40 non-fiction books.

You will not want to miss this exciting show. After closing at Western Spirit in August 2024, the retrospective will travel to the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT until April 2025.

Click below to watch an exclusive excerpt of Tom Gilleon’s Spirit Catcher:

TOP: Left two photos courtesy Walt Disney Imagineering. Right two photos courtesy of KingArts.
BOTTOM: Video courtesy of KingArts.