I am pleased and overjoyed with the announcement of a friend (and former colleague) R. Gregory Christie's studio opening:
Welcome to Gregarious Art Statements, the official website of R. Gregory Christie. I was all of twelve when I started painting in earnest. I began with watercolors; then worked my way through every kind of medium I could get my hands on, capping the first part of my journey with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.
I have forged my own style without living in total isolation, cut off from the work of my contemporaries. Of course, I am also indebted to those who have gone before me. Prominent among these are David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Ben Shahn, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Romare Bearden. Their work, along with the work of others too numerous to mention, constitutes a treasure trove of inspiration. The same holds true for my apprenticeship with an abstract painter, classes with a realist painter, and study of age-old techniques in handmade book-making.
His studio will open next weekend with signings, artwork for sale and much merriment. Congrats Greg!
Posted by ronn at December 10, 2005 01:07 PM