Michael Gregory was born in Los Angeles, California in 1955. He received a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He resides in Bolinas, California.
Michael Gregory has said of his work: “I think the concept of the icon is important. I’m using it in the traditional sense of a picture as a vehicle for transcendence, something to meditate upon. I’m not telling a story, rather suggesting a point of departure for a topic of conversation. The paintings are not necessarily about
what is pictured, i.e., a barn, a sunset or a flower, but rather a signifier. I know that the images are clichés and I like to play with that idea. They are clichés because they are very much ingrained in our culture as symbols and as such should be re-examined …
My paintings are collages made up of personal observation and experience, art history and interests that extend beyond the formal language of painting. While I love paint, the act of painting is subservient to the picture which stands for the idea.”