Greg Ragland

Parallel Layers

Contemporary Wildlife

Greg Ragland
Acrylic and Mixed Media

Greg is a painter, sculptor, and public artist and works in a variety of media. Greg grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He studied architecture at ASU, received his BFA from Art Center College of Design and his MFA from the University of Utah. He has lived and worked in Los Angeles, New York City, Park City, Utah, and now Southern Utah. Greg has exhibited nationally, and his work has been acquired by many private and public collections.



Artist Statement

Parallel Layers

These paintings are non-verbal thoughts of my environmental experiences from cities, mountains and deserts. The places I have lived influence my work. From the soaring skyscrapers in New York City to the expansive groves of aspen trees in the mountains of Colorado to the dynamic red rock cliffs in deserts of southern Utah. There is a aesthetically pleasing fractal pattern that unites these environmental locations as well as this body of work. The power of the repeating chaotic vertical patterns in nature share a similarity with controlled architecture elements of buildings reaching to the sky in cities. This series of paintings does two things simultaneously. First they draw on the infinite complex fractal patterns to make a visually stimulating painting. At the same time the various degrees of self-similarity are aesthetically pleasing, calming, and possess a stress reducing effect on the viewer.

Contemporary Wildlife

This series of vibrant paintings strike a balance between painterly abstraction rich passages of color, and elegant, delicate elements of nature. A modern take on wildlife art. These paintings use large expanses of color with detailed moments of eruption. My work is unique in that I use hyperrealistic imagery as interruptions in the monotone fields. These paintings are freeze frame glimpses of nature’s creatures in abstracted color compositions. They are abstracted, voyeuristic portals to nature’s amazing visual gifts. These paintings bring nature indoors and give the viewer the opportunity to get lost in the calming simplicity and the seductiveness of nature.