From his Washington D.C. studio, Greg Angelone pairs vintage imagery and vivid painting to explore the social significance of flowers. “I’ve always been fascinated by our various uses for flowers in everyday life and how we display them. From births to deaths, and everything in between, a gift of flowers conveys a wide range of emotion and meaning,” says the artist. Each painting becomes a commemoration of a human emotion, expressed florally. In a departure from traditional canvas, Greg starts his paintings with a base of vintage French and chinoiserie fabric and builds the scene in layers of acrylic paint. The resulting images divulge a deeply personal moment. When he’s not painting, Greg designs and installs exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
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About The Artist
I’ve always been fascinated by our various uses for flowers in everyday life and how we display them. From births to deaths, and everything in between, a gift of flowers convey a wide range of emotion and meaning. My paintings are small vignettes of the corners and spaces that flowers inhabit after they’ve been picked, gathered, and displayed. I purchase various printed fabrics to serve as a sort of wallpapered background for the imagery. I prime the fabric with a clear UV gel to get a better painting surface and to increase longevity. Then I use acrylic paint to render the subject matter.
I have always been drawn to artists who simplified their subject matter. Some artists who have inspired me are Marsden Hartley, Odilon Redon, and Giorgio Morandi. The still–life painting always captured my attention more closely than others.
My latest work has inspired me to continue exploring the myriad of possibilities with regard to the blending of background with imagery. Every time I paint I feel like I learn something new from the last painting. I will most likely branch out to other still-life imagery in the future… stay tuned.
Corcoran College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1992