A Very Nice Day

Gregor, Harold
1993.03
Gift of Marlene and Harold Gregor

Gregor’s colorful and distinctive Midwestern landscape paintings are both timeless and refreshing. Gregor has categorized his work into five series: Illinois Flatscapes, Illinois Landscapes, Illinois Colorscapes, Trail Series, and most recently, Left-Right Vibrascape Series. Schooled during the generation of abstract expressionism, he did not initially seek out landscapes as his central subject. However the genre found him in 1970 when he moved from California to Bloomington, Illinois. It was then that he created his Illinois Corn Crib paintings: tightly rendered, hauntingly silent photorealist work depicting white-wash corn cribs as the focal point of the landscape. Later Gregor began making the first of many landscapes from heightened and skewed perspectives, disregarding the structures within the land and focusing on the beauty of the landscape itself. Using both rich, romanticized hues and lifelike colors, his paintings draw viewers into the unnoticed beauty of their surroundings. Gregor is a professor of art at Illinois State University.—Richard Gray Galleries, Chicago and New York

b. 1929
1991
P - Painting
oil and acrylic on canvas
American
8-1/2 x 27-3/4 inches