Greg Ito's dream-like paintings reference a personal lexicon of symbols and imagery—burning candles, keyholes, windows, snakes, moons and suns through which he inhabits a state of lucid dreaming in which daily life dilates into fantasy. These repeated symbols and motifs often mine his family's history of forced relocation to concentration camps during World War II. During their internment at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona, his grandparents' romance blossomed, offering light during dark days. Themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy materialise in his flat graphic style, often portrayed via comic book style panels on canvas where pinks, purples and blues dominate his palette.Read More
Greg Ito (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA) embraces a graphic visual style to create cinematic paintings and installations that address themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy. Ito earned his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. His work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions including Maki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; Division Gallery, Montreal, QC; Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, ON; Jeffrey Deitch New York, NY; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Et al, San Francisco, CA; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – YBCA, San Francisco, CA. A forthcoming solo exhibition at Anat Ebgi Los Angeles will open Fall 2021. Ito lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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Anat Ebgi trusts her relationships. More than any singular artist or exhibition she has shown since starting her gallery, it's the community she has developed that defines both her working practice an
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