san-francisco

Gregg Renfrow

Grapestake Gallery

Gregg Renfrow’s paintings project an engaging physicality. Through textured polymer surfaces, layered into geometric forms, they suggest a non-literal landscape that vibrates with a topographic expansiveness. Since the early 1970s Renfrow has worked in acrylic, initially constructing hanging panels predominately in earth tones. His most recent paintings push this material to new extremes, developing an emphatic concreteness that is almost sculptural, and a brilliant palette in which so-called “decorative” hues, particularly pinks and yellows, are handled with expertise.

Renfrow applies acrylic and pigment overlays to polyethylene, peeling the skin from the base, and then affixing it to a fibermesh and wood support. The organic texture realized through the building up of multiple skins counterpoints the grid impressions of the fiber-mesh skeleton, as well as the slat banded imprint cast from

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