Gregory Block, ‘Whelk’, Gallery 1261

About Gregory Block

Often working in oil on canvas, Gregory Block is searching for more than a representational ideal of hyperrealistic landscapes and still lifes. He frequently turns to alternative construction techniques that yield abstract and unexpected results, such as building up a painting out of aluminum cans or using coffee to create images. “There will be an assortment of objects that I find interesting in and of themselves—whether it’s the wear on a boot or the texture of a ceramic mug,” he says. “And I take all of those things that I think are interesting and put them in a pile, and move them around.” He has recently expanded into an abstract idiom, painting in thick calligraphic lines reminiscent of ideogrammatic languages.

American, b. 1986, Kansas City, Missouri, based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado