Gregg Renfrow | Closer To The Water
August 2 - September 1, 2012
First Thursday Reception August 2, 6 - 8 pm
Northern California based artist Gregg Renfrow has created new paintings using his signature process - poured polymer and pigment on sheets of cast acrylic. Clearly influenced by Minimalism, Abstraction, and the California Light and Space movement, Renfrow pushes beyond the concerns of these art historical movements to create his own unique practice devoted to the examination of light and all its physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities.
Renfrow pours color on the surface of his paintings in layers, creating organic contours and shapes which grow in intensity around their edges. Light emanates off the surface of the wall on which the paintings are hung, causing the painting to simultaneously depict light and transmit it. Renfrow’s work originates in his daily practice of drawing - returning each day to the same location overlooking the Carquinez Strait to draw and observe the movement of light around him. For Closer To The Water, Renfrow literally moved the site of his daily observations nearer to the bay resulting in a fresh new perspective on his studio practice. In this newest series he continues to seek to understand the ever changing world revealed by light.
Gregg Renfrow received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited both nationally and internationally since the mid 1970’s. His work is in a series of public and private collections including the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA), the Norton Museum of Art (Palm Beach, FL) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA).