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Gestural Works and Abstractions by Guy Grogan

A painting of greenish stripes of color with an interesting textureShowing My Stripes #1, mixed media on gesso board

Artist Guy Grogan creates gestural works and abstractions that seem infused with deep feeling. Working in paint, drawing, and sculpture techniques, Guy uses a distinctive color palette and a talent for building volumes to evoke mysterious concepts.

A painting with black and pale glossy stripesShowing My Stripes #10


I’m really enjoying looking through the works in Guy’s Showing My Stripes series. The works here are easily defined as abstractions, but upon closer inspection seem to be built upon figurative elements, detached and fragmented from their usual meaning. The stripes of color that move across each substrate are mottled and textured in a way that calls to mind wood or metal construction materials, with narrower, in-between strips of color taking on the look and feel of rust, glue, or any number of other connective tissues.

A screen capture of Guy Grogan's art websiteThe front page of Guy's portfolio website


Guy’s drawings are an interesting departure from his paintings – most of the artist’s drawings depict human figures. In the series Lily we see the same subject, a young girl, depicted in a variety of poses and settings, all rendered in a pleasingly loose fashion that almost, in an interesting parallel, calls to mind the drawing style of a child.

A pencil sketch of a toddlerLily in the Yard, pencil sketch


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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