ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: GREGORY STOCKS
Gregory Stocks was born in Lubbock, Texas. Some of Gregory’s earliest memories are of drawings of cars and motorcycles by his older brother. He began doing his own drawings of hot rods and motorcycles as well as copying his favorite cartoon characters. He developed a love of drawing and soon discovered an affinity for music – studying piano, drums and guitar. Throughout high school he immersed himself in music and art. His senior year he contributed illustrations for the yearbook and won the school’s Memorial Jazz Music Award.
In 1981, Gregory moved to Utah to attend Utah State University. He enrolled in a basic design course for non-art majors. The professor, seeing his natural abilities, encouraged Gregory to take more art classes. The next quarter found him enrolled in the foundation program in the art department at the University of Utah, after which he relocated back to Utah State University, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in illustration. For the next several years he worked a series of jobs, from being a drummer in a bar band to working as a designer in the T-shirt industry. Yet all through this time he kept drawing and painting, taking a sketchbook with him everywhere. In 1998 the owner of a gallery offered to give him a show, and he began his career in fine art.
In a light, fast pace he lays down bold, flat-edged brushstrokes using rich earth tones. His style is stark, with a clean, contemporary feel. And his scenes are a combination of memories and imagination – intended to relate not so much a place as a place in one’s heart and emotions. In Gregory’s case, canvasses that invoke a sense of strength mixed with sweet melancholy.
His work has been shown and collected in galleries throughout the West and Southwest. He’s won numerous awards and competitions. And even though his creativity has found its strongest force in his artwork, he likens the process to music.
“My work is an effort to create images that serve as emotional detours from the noise and confusion of the surrounding world. I find the process of painting to be similar to that of writing a song. There is a basic structure or rhythm to the work. The melody comes into play in the form of color, brushwork and the expressive possibilities of process.”