“Gregory Blanche: Of Elvis, Van Gogh, & Flowers” opens in SACI Gallery, January 11 at 6pm

Gregory Blanche: "Ghost of Van Gogh," oil on canvas, 39.4 x 47.2 inches (100 x 120 cm), 2014

Gregory Blanche: “Ghost of Van Gogh,” oil on canvas, 39.4 x 47.2 inches (100 x 120 cm), 2014

Of Elvis, Van Gogh, and Flowers

JANUARY 11 – FEBRUARY 26, 2016

OPENING: Monday, January 11 at 6pm

This exhibition includes twenty-four works by SACI Alumnus Gregory Blanche (Spring 1987) made in different moments of his artistic career up to his latest production.

Gregory Blanche: "Amaryllis Bulb," oil on canvas, 26.3 x 15.7 inches (60 x 40 cm), 2011

Gregory Blanche: “Amaryllis Bulb,” oil on canvas, 26.3 x 15.7 inches (60 x 40 cm), 2011

A wide variety of images, amongst paintings and drawings, that reflect his variegated interests and the brushstrokes of a meticulous execution. Admiration for traditional representation is apparent in all of the work, be it organic forms flourishing in a sterile environment, emphatic perspective in a natural setting or the still, probing expression on a face. Recent canvases play with icons of our era, addressing themes such as fame and obscurity, integrity and merchandising, sacred and profane.

“American by birth, Italian by citizenship, Nordic by vocation, Tuscan by figurative experience, Gregory… expresses himself in a variety of themes, but remains firm in style… from the figure, in his paintings both realistic and theatrical, to landscapes, robust and sober, well-built and poetically both exacting and evocative, and finally to still lives. These are perhaps the highest point in his painting, embellished with radiance… and revealing lens-like perfection. They are detached, yet positively enchanting with an intimate Nordic atmosphere echoing in the nuances of light…” – Pier Francesco Listri

Gregory Blanche was born in Berkeley in 1965. He studied at California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC), SACI and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited in galleries, art fairs and public spaces in Italy and the US.


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Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino, 11 – Florence, Italy
T 055 289 948

Open Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-7pm

Admission is free

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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