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Chris Gregg

Landscape and historical specialist in oils and acrylics

I seem to have been painting or drawing all my life!  One of my first memories is holding a pencil or paintbrush. I enthusiastically copied TV characters, or people from comics and magazines, and that was my introduction to figure painting before I eventually learned how to do it properly at life drawing classes. My small boy’s interest in Westerns later turned into a lasting interest in military history which then found further expression in rendering the colourful uniforms and events of the past as paintings. 

Since those very early days I’ve also developed a real love for landscape, trees and water which I can exercise in great variety by painting scenes throughout Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds as well as farther afield.  I’ve been lucky enough to paint scenes in Australia, the USA, France and some Mediterranean locations. My work covers the spectrum of landscape and figures, especially those of a military or historical nature, and on occasion also includes birds and animals. 

The richness and permanence of oil colours gives great satisfaction and I use environmentally sensitive water mixable oil colours which give as good a result as old fashioned oils.  I find that, depending on the ground used, similar effects to oil can be obtained in acrylics with only hours spent as drying time instead of the days or even weeks for a highly developed oil work. It’s a matter of personal taste for the buyer, of course, which looks best. I also occasionally turn my hand to using fine liner pens, ink or water colour pencils for military figures.

 

I have had a longish break from painting due to renovating a house in one of the beautiful valleys near Stroud and now having moved in I have a customised studio.  The surrounding countryside provides much stimulation but I'm also managing to pursue the more illustrative and story-telling type of work as well as the occasional portrait, when asked. The "Hussarette" project, featuring females in (or out of) 18th century or Napoleonic military uniforms, also continues when I have the time, and I'm always on the look out for suitable models, please get in touch if you are interested in this or any other modelling styles. You can see them on my Military page but this page also shows some work on the theme of ladies, including musicians, and the first of what I hope will become a series of elegantly dressed, enigmatic narrative or decorative works. I'm always interested in receiving comments or suggestions on how to progress these themes so please get in touch if you have any thoughts or wish to commission something.

I have my own blog and post to it every few weeks, and though it is mainly about my military models and wargaming, my military art work generally gets its first public showing there. http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/. Search the right side bar or the  "labels" right at the bottom of it.

A small selection of my work can be seen for sale on rotation in a permanent exhibition at The Butchers Arms, Oakridge Lynch, near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

I'm always interested in taking on commissions for landscapes, figures or historical subjects; please email me to discuss your requirements. Contact details at the bottom of this page.

 


2015-2017 Gallery

Prices, where stated, are for unframed paintings, unless otherwise specified

For those particularly interested in military pictures there are examples of my work on Chris Gregg 2

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"Sparkling"  (inspired by Taylor Swift)

Acrylic on canvas

12 inches x 10 inches

£40

 

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"Standing in a nice dress.....staring at the sunset" (inspired by Taylor Swift)

Acrylic on canvas

12 inches x 10 inches

£50

 

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Swedish singer, Ida Sand, in a black blouse

Acrylic on box canvas

8 inches x 8 inches

Commissioned for private collection

 

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Misty Winter Morning at Oakridge, Glos.

Acrylic on gessoed MDF

20 inches x 10 inches

£60

 

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"Winter sun at Three Groves Wood, Chalford, Glos."

Acrylic on board

10"diameter

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"Sunlit moss (Near Chalford, Glos)"

Acrylic on board

8" x 6"

 

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"Crumbling wall at Siccaridge Woods, near Daneway, Glos"

Acrylic on board

8" x 6"

 

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"Not out of the woods yet"

Acrylic on board

8" x 6"

£30

 

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"Peeling bark and ivy (River Frome Valley, Glos)"

Acrylic on board

6.5" x 6.5"

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"Out of the woods"

Acrylic on board

4.5" x 4.5"

£25

 

 

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"The Severn bend seen from Painswick Beacon"

Oil on canvas

36" x 12"

£125

 

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"Gloucester Cathedral from the Cotswold Escarpment"

Oil on board

10" x 8"

- Sold -

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"Robinswood Hill, Gloucester, from Prinknash"

Acrylic on board

12" x 8"

£45

 

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"St Cyr's Church, Stonehouse, Glos, Winter, from the West"

Oil on board

24" x 18"

£95

 

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"St Cyr's Church, Stonehouse, Glos, Winter, from the East"

Oil on board

24" x 10" (including painted frame)

 

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"Big Sky over Box, Minchinhampton Common, Glos"

Oil/ acrylic structure gel/glazes on box canvas

36" x 12"

£125

 

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Bluebells in Siccaridge Wood, near Sapperton, Glos

Acrylic on board

18" x 14"

£75

 

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"Autumn at Lillyhorn, Near Oakridge, Stroud, Glos"

Acrylic on octagonal board

12' diameter

£65

 

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"View of Great Witcombe from the West, Near Gloucester"

Oil on box canvas

36" x 12"

£125

 

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"Distraction"

Acrylic on board

16" x 12"

 

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Portrait of Ida Sand, Swedish singer

Acrylic on box canvas

8" x 8"

Commissioned for private collection

 

 

Chris Gregg: Military Paintings

Chris Gregg: 1985-2010

Chris Gregg: 2011 -2014

 


Contact Details

 

I hope you like what you see here. If I don’t have a painting you are interested in readily for sale I am keen to do commissions which start at about £50. Please get in touch with me if you wish to purchase any paintings shown here or to discuss the possibility of something special. I can now take payments via PayPal as well as cheque or cash. 

Email: chrisgregg173@gmail.com

 

Some customer comments:

" Wow! It is superb and far exceeds my expectations. It is perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing! I know my husband will love it and I cannot wait to show him! .......the painting is so detailed and your eye does not stop wandering"

"WOW! I love both paintings, I had them sat on one of the sofas last night to have a good look. ....... what can I say, I can see why you were reluctant to part with them as they certainly draw the eye. .......I love the faces which I think is what gets the viewers attention and the fur trim is very effective. Having said that it’s unfair to single out any area in particular as the whole painting is excellent and I think one of your best."

"I picked up [the painting] from the framers on Saturday so she’s now in situ at home. I’m very pleased with how the painting looks on the wall and because there are no scaling details nearby an optical illusion makes the painting look even larger than it is! It is actually hanging in the entrance hall/stairs on the middle landing. As the stairs turn 180 degrees I can either view the whole piece from the top landing or get close to the details on the middle landing. It looks quite imposing from the hall at the bottom of the stairs, almost as if the queen is welcoming my visitors to the house!"

"It’s easy to be enthusiastic when you produce such wonderful images. The price sounds good to me."

"WOW!– another great job Chris, thank you. The girls look fantastic and I love all the detailing – the lace has come out well as you say, well worth the extra effort and the colours do work very well ...... The background looks great, so no changes needed."

"Absolutely fabulous, I have to hand it to you Chris, that is an amazing piece of work, I love it.....Fantastic work Chris, I’m really pleased with how it looks which is very much what I had in mind."

"What can I say but you have definitely done it again, I love the two new paintings, great detail and sense of action in them like the better sort of “boys own adventure” illustrations. I spent quite a while on Friday just looking at them and then on Saturday hung them up in the dining room and had a “proper” look at them in natural light – superb, I really am pleased with them. I’ll be getting them framed early in the New Year. Thanks for all your work on these, it definitely paid off."

'This was my first commission with Chris and it certainly won't be my last. The painting conveys the imagery and the atmosphere I was hoping for. It is an excellent piece of work' (Jacobite Charge)

'Thank you so much for Totila outside Rome 546AD. It's a super picture, you really do get to grips with a military scene and give it a sense of life and realism. One can easily imagine the Gothic king taking the air with his guards outside the walls. Great touch with the dogs!'

(Regarding a Hussarette): 'Wow, if I could paint like that my mind would run rampant.'

And a thought from a famous artist: 

“What is quickly done is quickly seen, and would not bear the test of careful examination” 

Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825)


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