Many of Ray Gillespie's paintings make use of gentle, witty, surrealist images, which at the same time are intended to point to deeply serious cocerns. The juxtaposition of imagery provokes questions, which are deliberately left unanswered. Surrealism uses the breaking up of categories in different ways. In the 1930's a central aim was to expose the inadequacy of smug bourgeous certainties and attendant hypocrisy. Gillespie's work, however, points to an ambiguous release of spirit, whose activities are often obscured by humdrum everyday perceptions.