Gregory Evans is a contemporary American artist whose illustrative paintings are characterized by their uncanny imagery and ambiguous handling of form. While portraying both natural and processed landscapes, his spatial relationships fluctuate and reveal, with figures caught in states of transformation and movement. His work profits by what is both included and omitted. Categorizing one’s own evolving work puts one in danger of pretension and cliché. This is why Evans would only reluctantly call himself a pop surrealist. When asked, he replies, “Expression and color are just representative of something deeper, more organic – plastic even.”
“I only give an image what it asks for, what it demands. I have no room for extras anymore. This isn’t about me, its the story that’s important,” he explains of his works’ process. “Essentially, each painting is a snapshot, a photo freezing a single moment in time. When an image comes to me, it comes as a complete story – before a painting is finished, I know what preceded that compositional moment, and I know what follows it. Its a sequential thing. With my figurative work, the character comes along with more than just a snapshot. I’m given names, ages, histories, aspirations, a raison-d’etre – it’s the whole ball’o’wax!”
Born in 1957 at Wimpole Park in England, the artist was implanted with a sense of creativity and color by his mother, who was also an artist. He studied Art and Art History in college, later obtaining a degree in Graphic Design. Grego currently lives and works in the southwest of France. His works are currently held and displayed by collectors in America, Holland, France, Italy and England. His commercial projects include clients OP26, Venice Surfathon, Surfers Attic, Centerline Surfboards, and L2A Custom Skatedecks. His work is available for showings and limited commissions may be scheduled.