In Georgian Evening, we have a landscape, at sunset. The details in the rocks show clear signs of glacier erosion, prompting thoughts of prehistory which are juxtaposed with the inclusion of a café table, set up for a date for two. This contrast of the ancient and the modern is a common theme in Greg’s work, as seen in Splendeurs du Vatican. Just as we view Greg’s works with a sense of contemplation, guests in a museum gaze into the past through art, although a carefully curated past. Still, there is a sense of contemplation in the human subjects, a similar sense that comes when struck by the majesty of nature.
Greg's experiences around the world have influenced his realist acrylic paintings, which rang in subject matter from landscapes to museum interiors, understanding that “humans respond to the abstract and aesthetic experience most easily through familiar imagery.” As for his personal artistic growth, Greg deduced what can be improved from his previous works, and then finds an appropriate subject matter to pursue his new aims. With a variety of subjects represented in his paintings, Greg is challenged aesthetically to represent a variety of textures, moods, and atmospheres within his work.
Greg Dow will be showing in the upcoming show Inside Outside at Westland Gallery alongside Sheila Davis, April 18th – May 6th, 2017.