Painter (b. 1945 - )

"The daily evolution of composition, color, space, marks et al, continues until some sort of temporary stasis is reached in each painting, which allows me to feel at home and in balance with my own agitation, anxiety, chaos, magic, mystery, and joy."
Jon Gregg


Jon Gregg is a painter’s painter. His trust in the medium is absolute, manifested through patient discovery and revelation, elucidating soulfulness in his paintings. But watching Gregg work can be painful. He puts down a mark, a form appears, and then he scrapes the oil paint away over and over until, for the moment, he’s satisfied. He speaks of his resistance to being “too declarative” with his mark making , and a love of pentimento (where a part of a painting underneath is allowed to show through). What appears to the observer as struggle, for Gregg is play. “Painting is the most fun thing I know,” he professes. The result is like Chinese boxes – surprises within surprises, both subtle and illuminated – runes that are figures and objects embedded in landscapes that feel timeless, yet immediate.  Arlene Distler for Art New England *

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1967  Bachelor of Architecture – Honors, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
1971  Masters of Architecture  -  Honors, University of Pennsylvania ( w/ Louis Kahn ) 

1971 – 1983:  Architect / Builder   -   Founder/ President Eden Design Associates, Eden, VT                                                              
Butternut Construction Inc. Johnson Vermont
1983 – 2015:  Founder/President VERMONT STUDIO CENTER (VSC ) Johnson, Vermont (The largest International Artists and Writers Residency in the U.S.
As an architect/ builder and artist Jon Gregg designed the VSC Residency Program and over a 30 year period designed and renovated 30 buildings in the village of Johnson, Vermont to create the VSC campus; and as Principal Fundraiser raised $20,000,000 from individual donors, foundations and institutions  to do so).                                                       
2016 – to Present:  Founder – WHY BOARDS MATTER


Lake Placid Arts Center , NY ’89 Vermont Governor’s Gallery ’90
Lyons – Weir Gallery, Chicago ’94 55
Mercer Gallery, New York, NY. ’94, ’96, ’98, ’00, ’02, ’04 VSC
Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, VT.  Yearly 1984 – 2018
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy,  ’03, ’05, 07,’10,’12, ’15, ’17 ’18 ’19
 Taller Grafica Actuel, Oaxaca, Mexico ’09  ’14  ’18
 Johnson State College, Johnson, VT ’10  ’14
 The Flynn Center, Burlington, Vermont  ’10
 New York Studio School  2014
Mitchell Giddings Fine Art, Brattleboro, Vermont 2016, 2019


Art New England, July 2016
ArtTribune, January 2014  
Seven Days, January 2010   
Il Giornale Delle Arte, Milan, March 2008       
Art in America, January 2005
The Brooklyn Rail, December 2004
ARCHITECTURE Magazine, Sept 1999
Stowe Reporter, April 1997     
New Art Examiner, Chicago 1995 
Burlington Free Press, June 1994
Lake Placid Arts, May 1989  


The Artists Fellowship, New York 2006 
Vermont Governor’s Award 2004
Vermont Arts Council 2004 
Vermont Council on the Arts 1995
The Preservation Trust 1989

“If you look at the history of human kind, what we have perpetuated from generation to generation and century to century is in our museums. If you believe that that’s important, then it is necessary to plant the seeds of the next generations’ art.” Jon Gregg

Jonathan lives and works in Johnson, Vermont, with artist wife Louise von Weise. He has been a                                                           Tibetan Buddhist Practitioner  since 1971.  Jon is an avid cross country cyclist, traveler, hiker, and cross country skier. He and Louise have two children and two grandchildren.


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