We were joined on Friday 6th July by visual artist Gregor Wright for the latest in the Meet the Maker series, where artists and makers share insights into their creative practice with us.
Gregor studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2001, and has been practicing as an artist in the city ever since. Gregor shared with us some insights from his recent collaboration with Cameron Morgan, resulting in the pop up exhibition, Abstract Domestic.
Gregor showed us images of works by painters George Condo and Philip Guston, and talked about what he found inspiring about them. He talked specifically about their relationship with abstract and figurative painting and their use of colour; in the case of George Condo, his kaleidoscopic range, and with Philip Guston a more controlled palette. He referred back to the conversations he and Cameron had had during their collaboration, around use of figuration and abstraction, and how this had evolved from working together.
Gregor also shared with us images from his series of Cyborg drawings that he’s been working on over the last few years. Gregor talked about how, by defining these as portraits, it gave the works specific rules and parameters connected to portraiture that he could operate in. However by the fact that these portraits are of cyborgs rather than humans, it gives him the freedom to break some of the rules, particularly in relation to use of colour and form.
Gregor also showed us the recent digital drawings he’s been working on, that were built up of many layers of different types of digital mark making and a wide palette of colours. He was captivated by the speed that he was able to create these drawings at, and how this allowed him to work through ideas that on canvas would take much longer, as he had to wait for paints to dry before applying another colour.
It was an inspiring and thought provoking talk and gave many artists and particularly painters in the audience much to think about.
Thank you Gregor.