I find my reference through found travelogues and old photo albums. I’m inspired by the decay of Kodachrome film and its discoloration against the acidity of the paper it’s held against for years. The different man-made lighting scenarios that describe a subject’s mood; how a Polaroid flash hints at a sense of urgency. My process begins with a digital collage of found images from thrift stores and eventually is finished with observational painting directly from my life, procuring a conversation with my life and the life of another.
Form, figure and color are at the center of my work. I have explored these focuses in two main parts: my personal practice and private commissions. The people in my compositions are often born from another person’s nostalgia and appropriated through vintage photography. I influence these images by juxtaposing the familiar with what isn’t understood. For example, ordinary family portraits gone wrong, serene living rooms interrupted by orgies, house fires and herds of cats around a playful summer lawn. They are places vicarious by nature but are as much real as they are fantastic. I intend to present an incomplete puzzle to mimic how we recount our memories; theatrical and fragmented.
The Cows, The Barns, The Glowing Colors, The Thick paint and decisive Brush Work, it’s all coming back with Greg Osterhaus and his new collection of paintings. We love to plan shows that correlate with the season. Greg’s work is the perfect harbinger of Spring and helps thaw us out by the end of March. His works are as popular as ever with the healthiest preview list we’ve ever collected.
How is it possible for Greg’s work to continue to resonate year after year? How is it possible that he doesn’t get burnt out on landscapes and cow portraits? The trick for Greg is,”… to constantly relearn and reinterpret, keeping in mind that there is no set formula, no safe path.” Not only has Osterhaus built for himself this great healthy habit of remaining curious and open to his process but he also does tend to explore other subject matter like for example the Butterfly painting, “On a Lavender Bloom.” One thing is for certain and that is simply Greg loves what he does.
He has lived in Roanoke, VA ever since he was 12 years old and has no intention of leaving the country that has been his inspiration for his work these past couple of decades.