About

Gregory Ferrand received a degree in film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997 and promptly headed off to Buenos Aires, Argentina to teach English to business people. While living there he kept an illustrated journal in which he experimented with different media and recorded his observations about the culture and people around him. In doing so, he came to understand two things about himself: 1). that he was a painter and 2). that he was fascinated by the subtext of human interactions. He returned to the States in early 2000 and began painting seriously.

Gregory pulls on influences as wide ranging as comics, Mexican muralists, and 1950's fashion to create paintings that reveal the beauty of living. His background in film is evident in the strong use of narrative he employs to tell stories about characters and situations that do, have, and will exist; gently unmasking the psychological or emotional state of the subject, inviting the viewer to share and/or identify.

Gregory has shown at the Adah Rose Gallery, Hillyer IA and A, the McLean Project for the Arts, the Joan Hisoaka Healing Arts Gallery, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Art Whino, Artomatic and the DCAC. Clients include Saatchi and Saatchi, American Airlines, Cava Mezze Restaurants, and the Mosaic Theater Company of Washington, DC among others.

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Artist Statement

My most recent work explores the feeling and reality of being disconnected and alienated (which results in multiple personal realities), despite and sometimes because of the close proximity in which we live to one and other.

It is ironic that we, as innately social animals, often struggle to feel connected with friends, family, our communities, society, and the world at large. To overcome this, we set aside our basic instincts and learned biases in order to be "open." We hope, by doing so, to form a connection, so that we can reassure ourselves that we are not alone, that we share the same reality with someone else. 

 But "What is reality?" and "What is the truth?”

These questions, in regards to the human experience, are questions that have long informed the work that I create. My paintings do not provide the answers to these questions. Instead they are invitations for the viewer to enter the narrative, armed with their own understanding of the world, in order to have an authentic moment to share, identify with, and to find the answer(s) to these questions for themselves.

In this day and age when it can feel impossible to understand how our neighbor could raise their children the way they do, how they could behave the way they do, how they could vote the way they do, it is incumbent upon us to reflect on the realities we construct that make us different, and also try to see how, by just being human, we are the same. 

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Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

·         2017 – It IS You (and me too), Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD

·         2009 - La Vida Intensa, IA & A at Hillyer, Washington, DC

Group Exhibitions

 

·         2018 – Alchemical Vessels: Our Common Thread, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, Washington, DC

·         2018 – Artists Against Gun Violence, Third Floor, Washington, DC

·         2017 – Holiday Starkillers, Washington, DC

·         2017 – Carte Blanche, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD

·         2017 – Artist Fellowship Exhibition, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC

·         2017 – Alchemical Vessels: The Night Journey, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center, Washington, DC

·         2017 – Emulsion, East City Arts at Pepco Edison Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2016 – Radical Color, Epicure, Fairfax, VA

·         2016 – Carte Blanche, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD

·         2016 – 1460 Wallmountables, DCAC, Washington, DC

·         2016 – Artist Fellowship Exhibition, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC

·         2016 – Cherry Blast, Art Whino, Washington, DC

·         2015 – Holiday Starkillers, Washington, DC

·         2015 – WPA’s Art Night, Washington Project for the Arts at Hickok Cole, Washington, DC

·         2015 – Artist Fellowship Exhibition, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC

·         2015 – Countdown to Yuri’s Night, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

·         2014 – Countdown to Yuri’s Night, Anacostia Art Center, Washington, DC

·         2014 – Art Crimes, The Dunes, Washington, DC

·         2013 – 10th Annual Silent Auction, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2013 – G40, Art Whino, Washington, DC

·         2013 – ArtRomp, Anacostia Art Center, Washington, DC

·         2013 - Small Stories, Emerson Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

·         2012 - A Vision that Smells of Soap, Washburn Arts Center, Linda K. Jordan  Gallery at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

·         2012 - Artomatic, Washington, DC

·         2012 - Hillyer Art Space’s Auction and Birthday Bash, Washington, DC

·         2011 - Hillyer Art Space’s Auction, Washington, DC

·         2010 - Yuri’s Night, Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC

·         2009 - Life Essentials, Art Whino, Miami, FL

·         2009 - Studio Gallery Presents Artomatic Artists, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2008 - 5th Annual Silent Auction, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2008 - Artomatic, Washington, DC

·         2007 - 4th Annual Silent Auction, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2007 - Collaboration, ArtWhino Gallery, Alexandria, VA

·         2007 - ArtRomp20, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2007 - One Word Project, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC

·         2007 - Art in Heat, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2007 - Artomatic, Washington, DC

·         2007 - Everything but the Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

·         2007 - In a Land Far, Far Away, DCAC. Washington, DC

·         2006 - A Winter Art Exhibition, Gallery Neptune, Bethesda, MD

·         2006 - 3rd Annual Silent Auction, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2006 - Cupidity, Gallery Neptune, Bethesda, MD

·         2006 - Banners from the Fringe, DC BID, Washington, DC

·         2006 - Examination: Art for Fringe, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2005 - ArtRomp18, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

·         2005 - A Girl, A Guy and a Gay, Studio One Eight, Washington, DC

·         2005 -  Organization of American States (OAS), Washington, DC

·         2004 - Handpicked, MMA, Arlington, VA

·         2004 - Artomatic, Washington, DC

·         2004 -  Embassy of Argentina, Washington, DC

·         2003 - Organization of American States, Washington, DC

Bibliography and Publications

 

·        2018 -  Gregory Ferrand, Tussle Magazine link

·        2018 -  Gregory Ferrand – Authentic Moments – Artist Profile, WOW x WOW  link

·        2018 – Gregory Ferrand, Blisss Magazine Issue No. 126, by Liz Rice Mccray  link

·        2017 - The past invades the present in paintings by Gregory Ferrand, The Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins link

·        2017 - East City Art Reviews: Gregory Ferrand’s It IS You (and me too), East City Art, by Eric Hope link

·        2017 - Every time you see the paintings of Gregory Ferrand, you discover hidden details, LIFO Magazine, by Vangelis Makris link

·        2017 – Gregory Ferrand’s Paintings that capture our complicated lives, Creative Boom, by Katy Cowan link

·        2017 - Gregory Ferrand’s “IT IS YOU (And Me Too)” at Adah Rose Gallery, Supersonic Art link

·        2017 - Art In The City - Artist Revisit Profile, Hill Rag, by Jim Magner link

·        2017 -  Editor’s Pick, Booooooom link

·        2017 – Evolution, essay about process and color theory in Bourgen online art magazine, by Gregory Ferrand  link

·        2017- Picture Perfect, April 2017 issue of Washington Life Magazine, by Catherine Trifiletti  link

·        2017 -  In the galleries: At Annual Benefit Show, the World Goes Round, The Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins link

·        2016 – In the galleries: From destruction, a call for transformation, The Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins link

·        2016 – El estadounidense que pintó Baires como me gustaría que la pinten los porteños, Culto al Magazine link

·        2016 – In the galleries: This quilter doesn’t use fabric or thread for his patchwork, The Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins link  

·        2015 – In Anacostia, A Small Galaxy Of Cubism, Allegory, Commercialism And 'Star Wars,' WAMU 88.5 by Lauren Landau link

·        2015 –Holiday Starkillers at the Anacostia Arts Center, East City Art Notes, by Eric Hope link

·        2013 – At McLean Project for the Arts, Tales Go Spinning into a World of Strange, the Washington Post, by Mark Jenkins link

·         2013 – MPA Displays Enviornmental Drawings, Quirky Portraits, Lonely Scenes, Golden Abstracts, Sun Gazette, by Brian Trompeter

·         2011 - This is Illustration! American Illustrators, by Eva Minguet Camara

·         2007 - Lowbrow Styles & Fingerprint Traces, the Washington Post, by Julia Beizer link

·         2007 - Far, far away: Painting a story, The Examiner

·         2006 - Art in the City, The Hill Rag

·         2006 - Personal Ads Inspire Eye-Catching Art, The Examiner

·         2005 - Muñeca's humor not lost in translation, The Eagle Online

·         2004 - Artomatic: Keep Your Eyes Open, Washington Post

 Awards

·         2017 – Recipient of the  DC Artist Fellowship Grant

·         2016 – Recipient of the  DC Artist Fellowship Grant

·         2015 – Recipient of the  DC Artist Fellowship Grant

·         2013 – Recipient of the  DC Artist Fellowship Grant

·         2012 - Winner of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’s Silver Award in the Gallery category of annual illustration  competition

·         2010 - Winner of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’s Award of Merit in the Gallery category of annual illustration competition

·         2009 - Winner of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’s Award of Merit in the Gallery category of illustration competition

·         2008 - Winner of the Silver Lion at the Cannes International Advertising Festival

Education

·         1993-1997 - Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts

Born

·         1975 – Born in Washington, DC, raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Currently living in Washington, DC