painter . professor . writer . musician
Gregory Eltringham (b. Hartford, Connecticut, and resides in Savannah, Georgia) graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, received a BA from Northeastern University, and an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He taught in Florida and Missouri for fifteen years before moving back to Savannah in 2005, where he is currently Professor of Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Eltringham is a painting professor, writer, musician, and practicing artist. He travels extensively during the year, conducting research for his studio and teaching practice, and touring in support of his sound-based collaborative project The Tenderloin Trio. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo, two-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.
Over the past two decades the figure has served as a vehicle of continuous investigation in Eltringham’s studio practice, and the work has always been closely tied to personal experiences. His current production is organized around a variety of motifs addressing specific conceptual concerns including issues of gender, location, identity, and transformation. The work comments and reflects on social dynamics, questionable behavior, habitation, and the limits of personal comfort. The overall practice continues to engage with the legacy and relevance of painting, positioning in relation to historic models with awareness of the current time and circumstances. Eltringham continues to question the current dialog regarding painting not being able to express the moment. He states, “I understand the argument, but I don’t buy it.”