|Artist Name:||Gregory Pastoll|
|Art Group:||Alfred Cove Art Society|
Gregory Pastoll is self-taught, having been interested in art ever since he could hold a pencil. He grew up in South Africa, where he followed a career as an instructor in university teaching methods and in basic mechanical engineering. Greg moved to Australia in 2013 to marry his childhood 'crush', who was at school with him, and whom he discovered had been living in Perth for decades.
He has always drawn and painted, and has explored most two-dimensional mediums. He works mostly in watercolour and acrylics, but has also done works in oil. His inspirations are beauty in nature, beauty in human character, and beauty in ideas. For him, each painting seems to 'ask' for its own unique treatment, so his style varies from one work to another. The process of working on a piece, for him, is an ongoing response to what is already on the canvas.
Influences and Inspiration
Influences: all of the great painters: some favourites are: Monet, Dufy, Renoir, Turner, Rousseau, Bonnard, Hans Holbein, Magritte, Matisse, Seurat, van Gogh, Vermeer, Whistler.
No formal training. Have attended two workshops that I can recall. Have always read art books, books on art history, attended exhibitions, and paid attention to what other artists are doing.
Art Group Memberships
Alfred Cove Art Society, Perth, WA
Greg has had three successful one-man exhibitions in South Africa, and participates in exhibitions with the Alfred Cove Art Society, of which he is a member. Some of his works have found their way to owners in about 6 different countries.
Awards & Achievements Include:
Greg was awarded 'Best Acrylic' at the ACAS Annual Awards Exhibition in 2015.
Greg has also published two books of amusing stories in rhyming verse, and two books on education, He has had two of his five musical scripts for young people performed in Cape Town, and has published another of these scripts in book form.
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