painter . professor . writer . musician
Gregory Eltringham is a painting professor, writer, musician, and practicing artist.
Prior to the Covid 19 outbreak, he traveled extensively during the year, conducting research for his studio and teaching practice. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo, two-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Exhibitions include: Old Fashioned, IGCA, Anchorage Alaska; Commitment to Scenario, Heinz-Martin Weigand Gallery, Berlin DE, Not Really: Fictive Narratives in Contemporary Art; a two person show with Leonid Sokhranski at SPAM Contemporary, Düsseldorf Germany; Nord/Sud, with Brooklyn artist Matt Blackwell at Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn NY; and East of Eden, Gallery Pryzmat, Krakow, Poland. He is a member of Friendship Magic Collective, an ongoing project with artist Honor Bowman Hall, engaged in a range of activities including studio production, writing, and musical performance, all organized around the following concept: Enjoyment is Part of the Program.
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 and reaction to outside forces. His current production is organized around a variety of motifs addressing specific conceptual concerns including issues of gender, privilege, identity, and politics. 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, positioned 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."
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. He is represented by Wolfgang Gallery.