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UPCOMING SHOW PREVIEW / NEW YORK, NY

December 4, 2016-January 7, 2017

TOM GREGG

Stories to tell 1 Martini and 8 Ball, oil on panel, 27½ x 27½" 2 Martini and Apples, oil on panel, 31 x 31" 3 Lemons and Water, oil on panel, 29½ x 29½" 4 Limes, Wine, and Oranges, oil on panel, 36 x 37" 1

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rhan Pamuk, the Turkish winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, wrote, “If objects are not uprooted from their environs and their streets, but are situated with care and ingenuity in their natural homes, they will already portray their own stories.” The objects in Tom Gregg’s paintings are themselves, grown to be eaten, manufactured to be used. “It is the existence that they possess of their own, their own life in the universe of objects and the world itself, that is…mysterious and beguiling,” he writes. “This respect for and connection to objects and their perceived world underlies my pursuits as a still life painter. At the same time, the things in the paintings are there primarily to fulfill the demands of the painting itself, much the way actors are in a play to fulfill the demands of the script. Any symbolic or metaphoric intention is subservient to the formal demands presented by the specific needs of each painting.” Once Gregg selects his objects and arranges them against colored paper backgrounds, and once he has arranged the lighting, the objects establish their own relationships and begin conversations. 3

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