Born in the midwest and based in Denver, Iris Gregg has always pursued art. Born from artists, the passion for creative expression has been a never ending ritual.
Using a canvas relatable in size to the human figure, her works imbue a painterly, ethereal quality. Flattened figures, sometimes simplified to shadows or more detailed portrayals, weave through colorful layers littered with words and symbols. Delicate drippy muted washes balance and gently hide the tension and chaotic underpainting.
Her work mimics traditional portraiture by depicting an examination of individuals’ physical state, moments and life experience. However, through altering or abstracting the physical identifiers or individualism, the work becomes a contemporary visceral play on every human’s experience and not a singularly identifiable person. It pulls on life’s moments of bliss, sorrow, anger, and death, and like each captured memory and feeling, the many layers that have built to the final image glint at the entire story.