The exhibition Chris Gregson: Works on Paper will be on view November 10–December 5 at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery.
Chris Gregson studied at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design and worked as a stage artist at various locations in New York City before devoting his time to painting. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe and appears in many distinguished corporate and private collections. In 2005, Gregson founded the Constructs Group, an abstract painting collective, devoted to providing an understanding of abstract and nonobjective art through exhibitions, publications, and symposiums.
Gregson writes the following about the work in this exhibition, “Over the last year, I have concentrated on working in watercolors, gouache, and ink. Prior to this commitment, I was working exclusively in oil on canvases and panels. The oil painting required a slow process of layering. Images emerged through a process [of] trial and error that took months. The water based works are a way of bleeding and blending both opaque and translucent mediums. The quickly drying water-based paint give me an opportunity to craft images based on first impressions. The images that emerge are a series of totems, botanicals, and architectural spaces. These images come from a world I embrace which is inspired from an ephemeral web of physical matter and mental images. My internal dialogue is about the intersection of complex terrains, manmade structures, the figure, forces of nature, and memory. I weave order but honor the unpredictable. My palette is rudimentary with a strong emphasis on incorporating black as a dominate element in this body of work. I use all these diverse perspectives in my paradoxical images to present a visual language of multiple perspectives, to evoke engagement and contemplation by the viewer.”
A reception will be held for the artist 4:30–6 p.m. on November 10 in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the college’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2014–2015 academic year can be found online at go.marybaldwin.edu/arts/huntgallery.