A New Vision Of Painting The Border Towns Of Mexico For All To Enjoy.Gregg Stone is an award-winning professional artist who exhibits internationally. he was born in los Angeles, california, in 1952, a 10th generation californian. his Mexican heritage reflects and inspires his work. Gregg’s college education consists of an associate arts degree from orange coast college and bachelor of Arts degree from Art center college of design in los Angeles. Angeles. Following graduation, he worked as a freelance illustrator for various los Angeles publications.
Within a few years, however, Gregg became an alcoholic and a street junkie. he would spend his days and night on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, where his life almost ended. Gregg had decided to go to Tijuana since he was always getting beat up by l.A. cops and arrested for public intoxication. he lived day by day, baby-sitting the children of prostitutes while they were working. The women would pay Gregg in tequila and he would drink until he passed out.
Ultimately, Gregg became unable to watch the kids since he would find ways of getting drunk during the day. After a few of the kids got away while he was supposed to be watching them, he was told by a few of the ladies that he needed to get sober. At that time, he realized that he needed to attend 12-step meetings and, after a 10-year tumultuous existence as an alcoholic, he became clean and sober in 1989, and now is the secretary of a 12-step program in el Toro, california.
Gregg became a full-time fine artist in 1999 after his girlfriend hiroko told him that he needed to focus on his art and quit his job. Gregg is now a regular exhibitor in the renowned Festival of Arts in laguna beach, california. he’s been accepted at many art competitions, at the county, national and international levels. he has received several awards, including a few first places.
In a short time, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at institutions such as Uc-irvine, Albuquerque Art Museum, Marjory barrick Museum in las vegas, the Museum of the living Artist in San diego, el paso Museum, the la Jolla Arts Association and the San diego watercolor Society. Gregg has also ventured south of the border, commencing with a group show at la casa de la congresso in Mexico city. Solo exhibitions at the playas de Tijuana iMAc, casa de la cultura and palacio Municipal in Tijuana were to follow. next, Gregg extended his showings to icbc in ensenada, Rosarito, Tecate, Tijuana, San Quintin and Mexicali.
With masterful manipulation of watercolors, gouache and Japanese sumi-ink, Gregg developed his own style, which he calls “Modern Realism.” his creations have to be viewed in person to appreciate the attention to detail and threedimensional, threedimensional, life-like quality. he begins with a pencil sketch on watercolor paper, then applies gouache to the areas that he wishes to appear flat. next he applies with transparent watercolor. now the painting emerges in a mind-boggling, three-dimensional image. This process takes an average of two to three weeks for each painting.
Gregg paints typical scenes of everyday life in the latino world. he concentrates mostly on the border region of northern Mexico, since he made a promise that he would come back to Tijuana and show the latin experience of living in the border town. his mission is to bring you some of its color and beauty, unique to this region where both American and Mexican artists have generally overlooked as an artistic endeavor. check out more of Gregg’s work online at www. greggstonegallery.com.