Gregory Grenon - I Thought I Was at the Theater - 2009 28 x 40 inches Oil on Glass
From February 1 through 26, 2011, Clark Gallery will host Gregory Grenon: Working Through The Isolation and Eleanor Miller: The Visible Angelic. The concurrent solo shows will be celebrated with a reception open to all on Saturday, February 5th from 4-6pm.
Please click HERE to see Gregory Grenon speaking about his painting on glass.
Gregory Grenon paints emotionally charged portraits in oil on glass. Strong dark lines set off his brilliantly hued compositions. Before encasing his paintings in found frames, mirrors, or windows, Grenon flips the glass around and thus presents the viewer with the reverse image. The result is a richly layered plain of tones across a pristine, luminous surface. Grenon’s subjects are primarily women expressing emotions ranging from vulnerability, sadness, and apprehension to confidence, strength, and resolve. Grenon’s paintings express a powerful range of emotions on his behalf. They also serve as a platform to remind viewers of the significance and powerful profile of women. As he states, “I want to feel the freedom or lack of freedom of being a woman… My paintings are me talking through women, speaking up for women.”
Gregory Grenon lives and works in Portland, Oregon. His work is featured in galleries throughout the country and has been exhibited at the Museum of Northwest Art, WA, Paris Gibson Square Museum, MT, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Canada, Bellevue Art Museum, WA, Rockford Art Museum, IL, Tacoma Art Museum, WA, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR. Grenon has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in Painting in addition to multiple residencies in the Pacific Northwest.
Eleanor Miller’s observations of nature play a crucial role in her painting. With oils on canvas, Miller composes familiar landscapes of farmland, the surrounding woods, and marshes in washes of blues, greens, and pale yellows. Abstractly mottled skies rise above these grounded landscapes, drawing attention to the tone and subtle texture of the paint. Hummingbirds, barn swallows, and dragonflies sit suspended in the sky juxtaposed with flowering branches, bushels of fruit, and pods of seeds. The balance of life to decay processes within nature plays across each composition. Miller’s rendering of these natural cycles is distinguished by her application of paint, which is at once vivid and subtle, with delicately applied brushstrokes complemented by broad rinses of color.
Eleanor Miller is represented in the collections of the William Benton Museum of Art, CT, Florence Griswold Museum, CT, Resnick Collection, CA, and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. In addition to these institutions, her paintings have been featured at the Noyes Museum, Kemper Museum, and Kennedy Museum of American Art. Miller lives and works in southeastern Connecticut.