Gregory Grenon

Gregory Grenon

Artist Statement

These paintings are not always pleasing but they confront you with their story. These paintings don't show you how to be, they show you what is there. They show you truth. They show you one second, one moment in time.

Women are the new heroes of the universe.  They have common sense as well as the power to act and alter history in the time we live in. Independent and free spiritual women can do things men cannot do.  Women are watchful and aloof.  They stand by themselves. They challenge you. They know everything. Women are powerful. Women have presence. They lead interesting lives. They are private. They are real although not always pleased. 

I work from hate.

I work from love.

I work from emotion.

These paintings are what I have to say about what I see.  All is eliminated here except myself and that is what I put into my work.

I paint in a great state of excitement. There is no commercialism here. Women have a beauty and power that men do not have and that is what I show in my work. I show that women are not inferior to men.  I want to show that these women refuse the influence of others.

When the picture that I paint looks the way it does, I am silent, it is silent, and no words are spoken here. 

I don't paint women as you want them to be.  And I don't paint women as they should be painted.  I simply paint women as they are.

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Biography

GREGORY GRENON

Awards

The Espy Foundation, Artist-in-Residence, March 2006

‘Hot Shop’ Artist-in-Residence, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, May 2006

Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for the Print Commissioned Print, 1999

AirTouch Cellular Commissioned Print 1998

Seattle Art Fair Commissioned Print, 1996

Beaverton Arts Commission, Best of Show, Painting 1995

National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, Painting 1992

Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Award, 1984-85

State Fair All Oregon Art Annual Painting Prize, 1982

Solo Exhibitions

2012 “Celebrating Glass,” Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

"Outside of Society,” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011 “Behavior”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“Dreams I’ve Been Having Lately”, Karen Echt Gallery, Chicago, IL

Morgan Contemporary Glass Invitational, Pittsburg, PA

“Working Through the Isolation” Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

2010 “Images Remain”, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

“Dreamland Circus” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Native Outsiders”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2009 “The Dense Fragrance Remains”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

“CALM INTERIOR/RAGING STORM” Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008 “Muse”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

“Coloring Temperament” Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“Unspeakable Hair”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2007 “Love and Consequence” Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

“Questioning your Path”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Life is an Awkward Dance”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2006 “Uncertainty of a Dream”, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Tell the Truth”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2005 “Horses and Heroes”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

“Appearance”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2004 “Anything that Suits Me”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

“Understand What Is Going On”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Extreme Probity”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“The Perfect Compromise”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2003 “Ball, Bat and Glove”, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

“Baseball is Second Only to Death”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“Extreme Company”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2002 Heller Gallery, New York, NY

“Confidence”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2001 “Looking Glass Writing”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Intentions/Intrusions”, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

2000 “CHARACTER: standing, sitting, prone”, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“Heads Up”, Museum of Northwest Art”, La Conner, WA

1999 “New American Landscape", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

“Other Americans”, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998 "Learning To Fly", Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

"Memories and Regrets, Fits, Fears, Anguishes, Nightmares, Angers, and Neuroses", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Translucence", a retrospective, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT

1997 "Descriptive Mentality", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

1996 "Making Pictures", Rena Haveson Gallery, Pittsburg, PA

1996 "Reflexions et Sensations", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Disorder in the Dress, (The Bad Girls are Back)", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

"Emotion, Beauty", Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

1995 "dirtywhitegirls", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1995 "New Paintings", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

1994 "We Are Not Here To Kill You," Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

"First Lessons In Life," Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

"Everything Unknown Is Grand", Gasperi Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1993 "The Unidentified Woman", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Emotion Precedes Thought", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

1992 "Deep Dark Motives", Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

"The Woman Club", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

1992 "As Far As It Goes", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

"About Relationships", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1991 "Line, Color, Emotion", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

"Moments", Gasperi Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1990 "It's Against the Rules", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

"Simple Views", Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

"Women on Women in Women", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

1990 "Women as a Second Language," Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

1989 "Certain Things", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

1988 "White Women", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

"Recent Work", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

"Paintings and Screens", Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

1987 Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

1986 "Traveling Show and Growing Up", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

1986-82 The Fountain Gallery of Art, Portland, OR

1986-83 Traver-Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA

1984 "Documents Northwest: The PONCHO Series", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Donnally/Hayes Gallery, Seattle, WA

1979 Gallery 299, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions

2014 FILTERED: what does love look like?, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

“Oregon Art Beat", on Oregon Public Broadcasting Celebrates 15 Years”, Pioneer Court House Galleries, Portland, OR

2012 "Provenance" In Honor of Arlene Schnitzer, Jordan Schnitzer, Museum of Art University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

"Undressing Room,” Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR

"Craft National,” Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

"Human Rights Exhibition,” South Texas College, McAllen, TX

2011 “The Silver Summit,” Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2010 The Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Quebec

Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2009 “Glorious Glass”, The Art Center, St Petersburg, FL

“The Business of Art”, Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland, ME

Christmas Salon Exhibition, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

2008 “Visages: Face Revisited”, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Jenkins/Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007 Habatat Gallery, Chicago, IL

Condon Biennial, Condon, OR

2006 14 Artists/ 14 Years, Mahaffey Fine Arts, Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

20th Anniversary Exhibition, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2005 Second Annual World Glass Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

“pARTers”, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA Curated by Deborah Paine

“Simply Red”, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

ArtSlate Biennial, Condon, OR

2004 “Build Wisely”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2003 “Medium Rare”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

“fresh”,Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Summer Group Show, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003 Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

“ArtSlate”, Condon, OR

2002 “Glass America, Red, White and Blue”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2001 Summer Group Show, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2002 “Northwest Notables”, Mirror Pond Gallery, Bend, OR

2001 “The Beta Press Collection”, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2001 “Glass America”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

COCA NW Annual, Seattle, WA

“ART SLATE 2001” Invitational-Invitational, Condon, OR juror Henry Sayre

“Perspective and Perception”, L& B Viewing Room, Portland, OR

“The Glass Canvas”, Heller Gallery, New York, NY

“Husbands and Wives”, Kittredge Gallery, Univrsity of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

“Celebrating Northwest Women”, Rouge River College, OR

2000 “Whole/Hole”, L&B Viewing Room, Portland, OR

“Open Walls”, Portland Institute for Contempory Art, Portland, OR

1999 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

1999 William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

Ann Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

ArtSpace-Lima, Lima, OH

1998 "Return to Belltown", William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

Prints and Drawings, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

1997 "Summer Group Show", Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

"for/by/about women", Morgan Mendelson contemporary glass gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

1996 "The Mane Event", Ann Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID

"Introducion", Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO

"Husbands and Wives", Ralleigh Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

"The Tool Show", PICA, Portland, OR

"Fences Project, One Year Later", Froelick Adelhart Gallery, Portland, OR

"The Box",Bona Keane Decorative Arts, Portland, OR

1995 Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

Washington Park "Fences Project", Tri-Met's Westside MAX and The Regional Arts and Cultural Council, Portland, OR (Collaboration with Mary Josephson)

1995 "The Land",Biennial Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

"Dresses", Jamison Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

Women's Art Triennial, Maude Kerns Center, Eugene, OR

1994 "Inaugural Exhibition in Our New Space", Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

"1994 Pacific Northwest Annual", Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

"Public Encounters", Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR

1993 "Showcase '93", Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton, OR

1992 "Art Cologne '92", Cologne, Germany, courtesy Lafayette-Parke Gallery, New York, NY & San Francisco, CA

"The Human Condition", Spokane Center Gallery, Eastern Washington Gallery, Spokane, WA

"On A Small Scale", Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

1992 "Faces: Group Invitational Exhibit", Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

"Recent Works By Selected Gallery Artists", Esther Saks Fine Art, Ltd., Chicago, IL

"Sign of the Cross", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

"Spirit of the West: A Celebration of the Arts", West One Bank, Travelling Exhibition (Oregon, Idaho and Washington); Kristin M. Poole, Curator

1991 "Art Cologne '92", Cologne, Germany, courtesy Lafayette-Parke Gallery, New York, NY & San Francisco, CA

1991 Oregon Biennial, Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR

"Sum of the Parts", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

"The Art of the Print, Rembrandt to Warhol, Acquisitions from the Gordon

Gilkey Curatorial Years", Portland Art Museum, Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR

"Outside Boston", Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

"PDX - CVO", Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

1990 "Contemporary West Coast Sculpture", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions

1990 "Artquake", Portland, OR, Juried by Peter Plagens.

"Face, Figures, Gestures and Signs", Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR

"Portraits of Women", Gasperi Gallery, New Orleans, LA

"The Art of the Contemporary Triptych", Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Oregon Biennial, Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR

"Artquake," Portland, OR, Juried by Mary Beebe

"Face to Face," Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

"Sum of the Parts," Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

"Face to Face," Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1989 "Sum of the Parts," Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

“Small Works", Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, IL

1988 “Oregon Art Print Exhibition”, Amerika Haus, Stuttgart, Germany

"Northwest Expressionism", Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullium, WA

"Northwest Expressionism", Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR

“Body Hell”, Jamison/Thomas Gallery, New York, NY

"Artquake", Portland, OR Juried by Patterson Sims

1987 "Northwest Expressionism", Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

1987 "Northwest '87", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

"Oregon, Washington Juried Exhibition of Art", Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA

1986 "Tenth Annual Small Works", New York University, New York, NY

"The Small Works Show", B.A.C.A., Juried by Geno Rodriguez, Brooklyn, New York, NY

1986 "Ninth Annual Exhibition", University of California, Los Angeles Printmaking

Society, Greenwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Wright Art Gallery, Northport, MI

“Art in the Mayor’s Office”, City Hall, Portland, OR

1985 "Portland Painting Now", Marylhurst College, Portland, OR

"Figuration; New Image", The Fountain Gallery, Portland, OR

"Oregon Biennial", Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

1984 "The City as Collector", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

"Sapporo-Portland Goodwill Print Exhibition", Portland State University, Portland, OR and Sapporo, Japan

"Erotics '84", Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, OR

1984 "Coast Show", Public Image, New York, NY

"Artquake", juried show, Portland, OR

1983 ”Oregon Biennial”, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

"Small Work's National '83", Zaner Gallery, Rochester, NY

"Selected Works of Contemporary Art From The Permanent Collection", Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

"Art Since Century Twenty-One", Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA

"Los Angeles Print Society Invitational", El Camino College, Torrance, CA

"Big as Life", Marylhurst Education Center, Marylhurst, OR

"North Light Editions Print Show", Gallery 867, Salem, OR

"Small Works National '83", Zaner Gallery, Rochester, NY

1982 "Artworks: Seattle", Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

The Fountain Fine Arts, Inc., Seattle, WA

"Northwest Prints '82", Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

"Printmaker's Annual", Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

"Works on Paper", Wentz Gallery, Portland, OR

1981 “Oregon Biennial”, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

"Artquake", Portland, OR

"Summer Invitational, 10 Pacific Northwest Artists", Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

"20th Anniversary Group Show", The Fountain Gallery of Art, Portland, OR

1980 "Works on Paper", Wentz Gallery, Portland, OR

1973 "The Forsythe Saga", Forsythe Building, Detroit, MI

Selected Collections

New York Public Library, NYC, NY Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle, WA

Seattle Art Museum Espy Foundation, Oysterville, WA

Oregon Arts Commission Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Harsh Investment, Portland, OR David Kennerly

Metropolitan Arts Commission, Portland, OR Marishka Hargitay

Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle WA Kim Cattrall

Portland Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Portland, OR Cheech Marin

Washington Arts Commission Paul Winfield

MicroSoft Corporation Lance Armstrong

Boise Art Museum Sheryl Crow

Boly/Welch, Portland, OR Phias, Schmidt, Westerdahl, Portland, OR

Claremont Hotel, Oakland, CA Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland, OR

Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Quebec

Kamm Collection, Los Angeles, CA