American Artist Gary Craig

Biography

Gary Craig - American Fine Art Artist

Growing up in the woods of rural Missouri, Craig developed two great passions, art and nature. His first paintings were of trees, animals, and the play of natural light. He knew, even as a small child that his life's pursuit would be art. Throughout his formative years he always remained close to nature, painting everything that captivated him. This love he carried with him when his family moved to California in the mid 1960's.

After attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, his real education began in the early 1970's when he moved, for five years, to a small but sophisticated island in Greece. It was in this rich mix of cultures that his fascination for people blossomed. Leaving Greece he traveled between San Francisco and Europe for the rest of the decade absorbing the richness of Paris, Rome and London. Everywhere he studied and painted, developing his talent. His work was shown and exhibited in several European cities.

Returning to San Francisco, he worked mostly by commission as a portrait painter. His first one-man show at the Ivory Kimpton Gallery in 1983 was highly successful, leading to many commissions from social leaders of the city. His reputation flourished and he expanded his range beyond portraiture exploring surrealism and abstract painting, early favorites of his childhood. The early 1980's were spent amidst the beauties of the Napa Valley wine country, where he painted many of his portraits while developing a new style of abstract bas-reliefs, some on a very large scale. In 1986 Craig moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue and incorporate spiritual studies into his work.

During the past three decades he has returned, with new eyes, to his original passions, experiencing the forms and colors of the world around him. "I need to express myself through different media and styles. They all have a different eloquence and emotion. My interests are broad. I could never confine myself to only one form of creation".

After many years of painting commissions, in 2015 he had a one-man show in Santa Barbara at The Gallery Montecito showcasing his recent abstract works. Currently he is exploring a new dialogue between abstract and figurative painting.