I am so drawn to sculpture, but I would like to post more about flat art as well. So I searched to see what I could find, and STILL ended up drawn to something dimensional. Oh well, I promise to get to more flat art in the future. Today I would like to feature the incredible pieces by Gregory Euclide. His repertoire does include flat paintings, but I find his relief paintings intricately beautiful:
Take a look at the materials he utilizes in his work. Fruticose is term which means “shrubby”, and I believe what he is using is a fruticose lichen, a type of fungus that grows on another plant. Spanish moss is an example. I have to digress here a bit, but here is lichen growing on a tree, an intricate work of art in itself:
Lichen-covered tree: Grey, leafy Parmotrema perlatum on upper half of trunk; yellowy-green Flavoparmelia caperata on middle and lower half and running up the extreme right side; and the fruticose Ramalina farinacea. Tresco, Isles of Scilly, UK
Gregory lives in Minnesota, and his works are inspired by walking through the land and being highly aware of the things that he sees in the environment. You can find out more about him by visiting this page on his website and scrolling down to the “interviews” section. There are several links to blog posts and also a magazine article. This is the largest installation he has done:
Otherworldly: optical delusions and small realities
Museum of arts and design – new york, ny
The room-sized installation on the fifth floor of the museum overlooking Central park will consist of several dioramas, cast boulders and a 7 ft by 5 ft landscape painting in a guilded frame.
Here are some of his paintings. I love the use of the swirly, script-like brushstrokes.