Greg was born in Brisbane, Australia . A graduate of the Queensland College of Art (Diploma in Fine Arts) he is also a graduate of Queensland University of Technology formerly Kelvin Grove CAE (Post Graduate Diploma in Education). In 2012 Greg completed a Master of Art at the College of Fine Art at UNSW (majoring in painting.)
Other studies have included
Queensland University ( Ancient History and Classical Civilization)
The University per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy ( Italian language and art )
The University of Melbourne ( Fine Arts 1 , 2 , 3 )
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ( Computer art and mosaic )
International School of Graphic Design , Venice ( Artist books )
Greg’s background and influences
As a child, during school holidays, Greg stayed on sheep and cattle stations in outback Queensland and went on numerous bushwalking trips to national parks in central and S.E Queensland. Later student holidays included hitch-hiking trips to New Zealand and Tasmania .This formed a lifelong love of travel and the Australian landscape in particular.
At the age of 22 Greg spent 6 months in Italy studying Italian art and language .He returned to Melbourne to work in arts education. At 25, Greg travelled on the first of five trips to India .This proved to be the major inspiration for his first solo exhibition entitled “Siddhartha “after the novel by Herman Hess. Exhibitions of this theme were held in France and Australia .These early works reflect a strong influence from Mughul Indian painting and the flat 2-dimensional style of Ancient Egypt and Early Medieval Europe.
Greg had also developed a keen interest in Aboriginal culture .Exhibitions held in the early 1990’s continued an exploration of the Australian landscape as well as documenting remote Aboriginal sacred sites and rock art . These were a result of a series of field trips through outback South Australia , Victoria , Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Some visits inevitably were by light plane,helicopter or balloon and this unique view of river systems, salt lakes and ancient geological formations also became fresh artistic inspiration. His 2011 artist residency in Spain explored the ways humans have depicted the world from an aerial perspective since ancient times .
Greg has held 36 solo exhibitions in locations including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Honolulu (Hawaii), Zagreb( Croatia), Digne (France ) and Singapore. In the 1980's Greg accompanied the contemporary music group Australia Felix on a concert tour of Germany where he exhibited in Hamburg, Dortmund, and Wurtzburg.
Other highlights have included artist residencies at the Yulara Resort ( Central Australia ) Can Serrat International Art Centre, Barcelona (Spain ) and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice ( Italy). Greg also staged an exhibition for an international conference “Hellenism in the 21st Century"at The World Congress Centre, Melbourne (opened by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.)
Greg has partcipated in over 60 group exhibitions throughout Australian capital cities , Rome, Venice ,Singapore and Taipei. Greg’s works were included in a touring exhibition “Seven International Artists” for Victoria’s 150th birthday celebrations .The exhibition was held in regional galleries in Mildura, Swan Hill and Portland, Victoria.
Greg has participated in international art fairs such as the Brisbane Art Expo, three Melbourne Art Fairs , two Sydney International Works on Paper Fairs, the Melbourne Next Wave Festival , New Q Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Singapore and Hong Kong Affordable Art Fairs .
Professional Arts Experience
During Greg’s professional life he has worked both part and full time as an artist and as arts administrator and gallery director . At 25, he was in charge of the Creative Arts and Fine Arts Departments of the Council of Adult Education , Melbourne . At nights and on weekends , he ( like many artists) began painting outside of his “day job”. The first of four exhibitions at Melbourne’s Raya Gallery began a series of sell out exhibitions and his career as an artist.
Greg has since been Managing Director (and part owner )of Australia’s oldest publishing company of fine art prints Port Jackson Press Australia . He worked with many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists in the production of etchings , lithographs , silk-screen prints and other print media .
As Manager of Northern Editions at Charles Darwin University Darwin , Greg continued to work with many of Australia's most famous Aboriginal artists in the production of limited edition prints. Projects included The Fire and Water Suite by Warlukurlangu artists, The Warmun Suite by Warmun artists and projects with Munupi , Warlayirti and other art centres .
From 2005- 2010 Greg was manager of World Vision’s Indigenous art gallery (Birrung Gallery )in Sydney which continued his journey in working with over 30 remote Aboriginal communities.The gallery won the 2010 City of Sydney Business Award ( for a charity) under Greg's management. After completing a Masters degree at the University of New South Wales in 2012 he relocated to country Victoria and works as a full time artist.
In his professional, artistic and personal development, travel has been Greg’s greatest inspiration .Through working with Indigenous Australians he has been to many sites unseen by tourists and given permission to paint and draw rock art and sacred sites .
Overseas, he has completed work assignments in London and Paris, hiked in Kashmir and the Himalayan foothills, completed a camel safari in the Sahara Desert and a canoe trek on the Ganges River. These adventures as well as exploring archaeological sites in Europe ,Egypt, China, Iran ,Mexico and SE Asia have enriched his artistic output.
In July 2011 he attended a course on Environmental Art at Fowlers Gap and Broken Hill in NSW and later completed a one month artist in residency in Barcelona .Both experiences were part of his Masters degree at UNSW, Sydney. In 2013 he spent 1 month in the printmaking studios of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice creating a new body of prints .In 2017 he travelled to Thailand to be artist in residence at the CAP printmaking studio.
House and Garden
Greg has often combined a living and work environment in his home .He has lived in four Australian cities and in most cases has renovated or built a space to create and /or showcase his work.
Previous homes and gardens in Richmond , Fitzroy and East St Kilda in Melbourne have featured in three Australian design magazines (Vogue Living, House and Garden, Home Beautiful) and news papers such as The Age or The Herald Sun in Melbourne.
His Sydney garden was used for a photo shoot for a food magazine in 2010 .In 2013 he established a "bush studio" in the Victorian spa resort of Daylesford which was photographed in 2016 for Homes + Magazine for a feature story on home renovation .
Artists and Galleries of Australia , Max Germaine , 1991 Craftsman House , Sydney, Australia
The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allan and Susan McCulloch, 1995 Allen and Unwin , Sydney , Australia
Mc Cullochs Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Aus Art Editions , 2007 The Miengunyah Press , Melbourne ,Australia
International Contemporary Artists volume 1V, 2012 , I.C.A. Publishing. New York ,USA
Imprint Magazine , vol 49, number 12 , Autumn 2014
Art Edit , Issue 06 , Apr /Jun 2015, Magnesium Media ,
Sydney , Australia