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Rachel Gregor (b. 1990)  is an artist originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota currently living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy in 2011 and received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012.

 

Working in traditional mediums such as oil paint, gouache, and chalk pastel, Gregor creates alluring paintings of young women that straddle the line between pastoral realism and contemporary surrealism. Her figures are often caught in a single moment between the mundane and the melodramatic; wide-eyed and wistful, frozen in a state somewhere between boredom and shock.  These subjects can be found  surrounded by mid-century floral patterns and crocheted blankets, suggesting a timeless sense of domesticity. Accompanying her figurative work, landscape scenes and still life compositions explore the extravagant, overly composed, and the quotidian. Images of garden cultivars and native wildflowers are common themes throughout Gregor’s work.

 

Gregor has exhibited nationally at Hashimoto Contemporary (New York City), Martha's Contemporary (Austin, TX) and La Luz de Jesus (Los Angeles) as well as locally at the Leedy Voulkous Art Center, the H&R Block Artspace and the Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO) where she was an artist in residence. Her work has been featured in print publications such as New American Paintings (issue #161) and Create Magazine (issue #10, issue #25) as well as online at BOOOOOOOM (03/05/2018) the Jealous Curator (1/11/2021).

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