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Greg Ragland

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Parallel LayersPARALLEL LAYERS

These paintings are non-verbal thoughts of my environmental experiences from cities, mountains and deserts.  The places I have lived influence my work.  From the soaring skyscrapers in New York City to the expansive groves of aspen trees in the mountains of Colorado to the dynamic red rock cliffs in deserts of southern Utah.  There is a aesthetically pleasing fractal pattern that unites these environmental locations as well as  this body of work.  The power of the repeating chaotic vertical patterns in nature share a similarity with controlled architecture elements of buildings reaching to the sky in cities.  This series of paintings does two things simultaneously.  First they draw on the infinite complex fractal patterns to make a visually stimulating painting.  At the same time the various degrees of self-similarity are aesthetically pleasing, calming, and possess a stress reducing effect on the viewer.

~Greg Ragland

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gr-1404CONTEMPORARY WILDLIFE

These paintings are freeze frame glimpses of nature’s creatures in abstracted color compositions. I experience nature by watching the flight of birds moving through the sky, listen to leaves moved by the wind and the songs of birds. With time spent in the outdoors watching the clouds and listening to the wind, it is nature that has fueled a never ending passion of color and movement. This series of paintings is a contemporary take on a typically traditional subject matter. The detailed rendering is cast into the minimal abstract composition of the highly developed complex surfaces. They are abstracted, voyeuristic portals to nature’s amazing visual gifts. These paintings bring nature indoors and give the viewer the opportunity to get lost in the calming simplicity and the seductiveness of nature.

~Greg Ragland

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gr-1537-bw9-10ABSTRACT LANDSCAPES

This new body of abstract, landscape paintings are a visual diary inspired by my various travels this year.  The paintings are from memory inspired from Yellowstone, Park City, Villages in France, hills and water of St Maarten and San Juan Islands in the Great Northwest.  The feeling is just before night or early morning when the sky is light and the landscape is dark without detail.  The surfaces are rich with texture, bold mark making and layering of the paint.  The color is almost black and white but with some very subtle and sophisticated spots of interest.

~Greg Ragland

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