“Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. His attraction to the landscape originates from his experience of growing up in the rural landscapes of Wisconsin. Discontented with the flat surface of traditional landscape paintings, Euclide began exploring the relationship between experiencing nature with the body and creating art objects that depict that experience. It is in that transfer, where Euclide takes delight, manipulating cultural codes and blurring the boundaries between nature and artifice.
Euclide currently Teaches high school and college in the Twin Cities area. He has been awarded two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. His work has been displayed nationally from MASS MoCA to the Birchwood Cafe.” (from artist website)
“My compositions contain a mixture of landscape images painted on paper, which have been shaped into three-dimensional sculptures that protrude from the wall. The battered and wrinkled sheets of paper that are the foundation of these works carry a blend of imagery containing picturesque landscapes drawn from memory, photo transfers based on nature photography, abstract areas of raw paint, and actual artifacts from the land such as pine needles and bark. By employing multiple representational modes, I create tension between the cultural codes traditionally used to represent landscape. For example, pools of thick, raw, liquid paint at once expose the illusion of representational systems and mimic the properties of the rivers and streams they are used to signify. Similarly, the exaggerated folds of the thick watercolor paper transform the flat, framed image of the traditional landscape into a dimensional topography that cannot be completely owned from one vantage point. The three-dimensional forms of these new terrains — painted on both sides and containing hidden vignettes — encourage the kind of exploration one might find in nature rather than a traditional picture.” (from David B. Smith Gallery)
To see Euclide’s work in greater detail, visit GregoryEuclide.com.