ABOUT THE ARTIST
The Irish Artist, Greg Long is a full-time visual Artist. He works from his Waterside Studio situated in South Dublin, Ireland.
He studied at the College of Marketing and Design and the National College of Art. In 1990 he was granted tax exempt status for producing work of “Artistic and Cultural value”. His work forms part of collections in Ireland, Europe, Australia,Canada and the United States of America.
Portugueese National Collection,
Governors Residence St. Helena Island,
South Dublin County Council,
P.J. Wall (civil) Ltd.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Monastir, Tunisia.
Historical Archive of Pancevo, Pancevo, Serbia.
National Museum of Ex Libris, Serbia
His many commissions include a presentation for the Governor of St. Helena Island
Greg has been the recipient of two Exhibition awards from the Arts Council and S.D.C.C. in 1996 & 2000
Bursary from the Dept of arts culture & tourism 2005.
A Travel Award and Residency in Portugal in 1998
Greg’s work has been used by Arthouse, the publicly funded body promoting Irish Artists in 1999 &2000.
Prizewinner, 3rd International Biennale Ex Libris, Pancevo. 2010
Greg was awarded a residency in Monastir, Tunisia in 2006 & 2007.
Residency & Grant award, Starry Night Retreat, New Mexico, USA. Upcoming 2012
Unit 7 Gallery, Shannon, Co. Clare
Acorn Gallery, Capel St. Dublin.
1996 South Dublin County Council.
2000 South Dublin County Council.
2005 Durden Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee. USA
RECENT SELECTED SHOWS
2005 Annual Selected show Wicklow Co.Co.
2005 Florence Biennale, Firenze, Italy.
2006&2007 ABAM, Monastir, Tunisia
2007 Salao internacional de artes plasticas S.J.Madeira ,Portugal
2007 ‘Works on Paper’ Belgrade, Serbia.
2008 2nd Biennale ExLibris, 'Lighthouse' Belgrade Serbia.
2010 3rd Biennale ExLibris, 'Danube' Belgrade Serbia
"I am an Artist whose work is based on traditional values. I believe a Painting should be worked in view of the landscape or objects that are being explored by the Artist, in simple words “Painted from Life”. This work may be reworked or altered in the Studio later, but the underlying subject will be interpreted as seen by the Artist in its true form. This belief has the effect of altering the Artist’s subject matter through the year, creating a need to defer the landscape studies during the winter months and exploring subjects that can be imported into the studio, in effect still life.
I seek colour in my subjects, exploring the relationship between the underlying hues and the form of landscape and delving into the variety of the seasons and light patterns of the day. This then follows through in my still life paintings, these however tend to drift further into the tonal aspects of colour theory due to the act of choosing subject matter that can be explored in this manner. This then creates variety in my work.
Whether I am working at home or abroad I like to let the subjects dictate their treatment, allowing the painting to Develop out of the Landscape or objects rather than a “style” which moulds the subject to conformity. This is evident in the Individuality of each piece of work when finished, most noticeable when a large collection is shown together even though the series will be of similar subject matter."