Gregory Copploe is an expressionist artist who likes to blend old and new styles together to create a portrait for today, to include elements from the past.
He began his career in art graduating from UCLA with a BA in Theatre, and began painting in oil in 2001 after the passing of his father who also painted in this medium. As an homage to his father, he began his journey in oils experimenting with sky, water and the creation of faces in the clouds, creating relationships between the water, sky, and moon surrounding those faces. He had no idea that this homage to his father, would soon become a passion of his own, as he branched out into portraits, inspired by Sergey Smirnov and Modigliani.
As a world traveler, Paris and Spain would also play an important role in influencing Gregory's style and palette. The long, drawn out features of the face, pouting lips, and thought provoking eyes would soon tell a story on each canvas that Gregory would so poignantly paint. Through thick, impressionist brush strokes, each character had a story to tell, an emotion to give, and each canvas created a relationship between the art enthusiast and the character depicted in each painting. It was important for the eyes to have a life of their own, and not, in a sense, be dead in meaning or life, but alive and virulent as our own souls.
"Oil is such a sensual medium, and I couldn't imagine mixing it with any other. It gives me everything I require, and fills me with such joy and beauty that I am left completely full."
Gregory has shown in both Los Angeles and Seattle and his work is currently featured inside and on the back cover of a new coffee table book published by Schiffer Publishing titled "Contemporary Painters".
Currently his work is being shown at The Olympus Gallery in Seattle as a One Man Show featuring 16 of his paintings.
Exhibitions & Books
2016 Featured Artist at the prestigious Columbia Tower Club Artwalk
2016 Curated Collection Featured Artist on Artspan.com
2015 One Man Show Ward Johnson Winery
2015 One Man Show Olympus Art Gallery
2014 Another book deal w/ Schiffer Publishing including 20 pages of my art and poety featured, including book signings, and gallery openings
2014 6th Place American Art Awards, Expressionism, Human Figure Category--over 51 countries competed worldwide
2014 5th Place American Art Awards, Cubism, "The Gossips"--over 51 countries competed worldwide
2014 5th Place American Art Awards, Cubism, "Like Mother, Like Daugher"--over 51 countries competed worldwide
2013 Juried Show, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts at the Seattle Design Center
2013 Ok Gallery, One Man Show, Seattle, WA
2013 1st Place American Art Awards competing against 18 countries (Expressionism--Human Figure) "The Tudor"
2013 Starbucks Coffee Shop, Featured Artist, Seattle, WA
2013 Three Dollar Cinema, Featured Artist, Silent Auction, Seattle, WA
2013 Featured Artist and Sculptor at Heart, The Gallery in Pioneer Square Seattle
2012 Featured artist Barnes & Noble Book Signing, Pacific Place Mall, Seattle, WA
2012 Featured artist in new hard bound coffee table book "Contemporary Painters" sold at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
2012 Warren Knapp Gallery, Featured Artist and Sculptor, Capitol Hill, WA
2011 Warren Knapp Gallery, Featured Artist and Sculptor, Capitol Hill, WA
2010 Central District Art Walk, Featured Live Oil Painter, WA
2010 Chris Elliott Fund, Featured Artist Live Auction, WA
2009 William Church Winery Art and Wine Walk, Featured Artist, WA
2009 Olypus Art Walk, Featured Artist. WA