As an abstract artist a question I often ask is “how do I capture something real without using recognizable visual references?” The answer varies from painting to painting. However, my approach to composition is the same. I start with a quickly rendered under-painting, usually in black, then I cover it with layers (and layers) of color. These veils of color create space that can be illusive, like mist, or hard as a rock.
Currently I’m at work on the Uprising Series, which explores the themes of conflict, resolution, and transcendence. This series, begun in 2011, initially focused on the concept of transition. Then I realized the content of the paintings reflected current world events – particularly the Arab Spring. The word ‘uprising’ was everywhere in the news about rebellions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and now, Syria, and Turkey. So I began to focus on conflict and resolution based on the uprisings taking place in North Africa and the Middle East. Although I am inspired by specific ideas or occurrences – memories of Morocco, the burning of a shrine in Tunisia, displaced Tauregs in Mali -- the paintings are open for interpretation.
Anne Gregory, from Weldon, NC, graduated from Duke University with degrees in English and Art. She studied Contemporary British Literature at Oxford University and attended Penland School of Crafts for ceramics.
Bookbinding was her first profession. Her inlaid leather bound journals were exhibited throughout the Triangle. She was a member of Chinaberry Crafts Co-op and Carolina Designer Craftsmen.
Anne left bookbinding to work as an independent designer in the fashion industry. She launched her own line of women's apparel from the garment district in New York and later moved her company to North Carolina. While in New York her line was nominated for the Moore Fashion award.
For eight years Anne taught art in Durham Public Schools. Her efforts as artist-in-residence at the Lakeview alternative school earned recognition from Mayor Bill Bell for her contribution to Durham’s at-risk youth.
Anne is a recipient of the 2011-2012 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant. In 2012, she was invited to participate in the Ifitry Artist Residency in Morocco. The painting she produced there was exhibited in the Casablanca International Biennial. Anne teaches Intermediate Painting at the Durham Arts Council and Abstract Painting in her Durham studio.