Since 1982, Gregg Renfrow has been working on acrylic panels that allow light to filter through the pigment. The result is an illumination of color and form subtly projected from the surface of the work. While looking at the paintings, the bands of color may appear suspended in real time and space. He achieves this discoloration, or dematerialization of the painted image, by pouring polymer over acrylic panels. He is very careful not to interrupt the runs of paint with the unpredictable effects of the human hand. The impression from the contact of carefully applied pigment and transparent support is that the process has occurred by itself through some unknown power or force.
Through this process of pouring, Renfrow creates organic layers of overlapping colors that at times undulate, or create straighter areas of striated color fields. Set off the wall by several inches, they create the luminous effect of light coming from behind them, or passing through them in a mysterious way. This abstract state of no depiction provides a graceful and calm atmosphere that encourages contemplation and the experience of pure seeing. The essence of being suggested by the pictorial space of these works dissolves the boundaries of color and form, light and spirit. As art critic Kenneth Baker commented, “Renfrow strikes a fine balance between describing and summoning light in paintings made of pigment-bathed, cast acrylic… these works find a resolution he has sought for years.”
Renfrow lives and works in the SF Bay Area.
Gregg Renfrow – Closer to the Water
Exhibition Dates: January 30 – March 2, 2020
Reception: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 5pm – 7pm
Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Tues-Fri 11am-5:30pm, Sat 11am-5pm