C. Gregory Gummersall began his professional art career more than thirty-five years ago, primarily as a West Coast artist. In the 90s, Gummersall returned to an 80-acre ranch near Durango, Colorado, which suits his needs for lots of quiet space in which to create art.
Influenced by artists such as John Corbett, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and Richard Diebenkorn, Gummersall's paintings have an energetically gestural, spontaneous quality. His brushstrokes suggest symbols or signs whose meanings can be sense but never fully grasped. They are reminiscent of adrenaline-filled, quickly drawn graffiti. But unlike the temporary existence of most graffiti, Greg's brushstrokes and use of collage build upon each other to create a sense of memory in the canvases. Nothing is erased, and through the layers of paint, the history of marks remain visible.
"The advanced mystery of making aesthetic sense by working with the puzzled balancing's, coherent compositions, complimentary colors, and surface layers into rhythmic shared things of beauty is the reward. My secondary application of 'ground' over 'figure' illustrates my unusual interest in balancing the spontaneity of 'chaos' with the need for 'order'. It also utilizes the free form of expressionist, seeming random marks with the more minimal ordering via painting out the excess chaos that then forms a new ground. Rhythmic lines, as architectural elements, add to the gestalt."
As an artist, with never ending creative challenges, Greg gets easily bored with repetition. In the art business, where repetition sells, Greg had concerns that the range of his different series styles might be viewed as immature or unfocused. His friend (and former museum director), Mr. Gerald Nordland, informed him of how greats like Picasso and Matisse also worked in many different style series changes. Coming from such a respected arts scholar, the advice was reassuring. His cycling back through the various series over the past 35+ years results in change, interest, and the needed growth of added variety.