Awarded the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Art
by the Butler Institute of American Art.
Gregory Strachov, Artist
AboutStrachov's paintings are hanging in private collections all over the world. He has been marketing his own work in his own quiet and unassuming way. However his work has been honored with shows in prominent museums in this country as well as abroad.
During 2001, sixteen mid career artists were selected from the United States to be shown at the Chateau Musee', a museum owned by the Grimaldi family of Monaco and is situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranian in Cagnes sur Mer, France. This was an exhibition to show that there are new directions as well as new explorations in painting. Four of Strachov's works were featured and he was honored with one of four top awards.
Strachov's work as well as his lectures have earned him the respect of his peers as well as the respect of the academic community. He has conducted numerous lectures on art and theory and these have been televised as well as used as instructional material in museums and in graduate studies. Strachov's work has been exhibited throughout the United States. During his career, his work has earned sixty three prestigious awards.
The paintings of Gregory Strachov are in collections all over the world. His work has been honored in prominent museums in this country as well as abroad. His paintings of stones and granite are well known, and his series on war, the Holocaust, human subjects and emotion have won respect world wide.
InterviewGregory Strachov has taken a good look at the art world and the strata of art that is offered. He realized that one of the major proponents to abstraction was the removal of the narrative. In realism however, this is almost impossible. If a viewer sees a painting of a Madonna and Child, there is a choice to see the art or to see a painting of a sacred event. After several years of thought, Strachov decided to pursue this question not as an abstract artist but as a realist.
"I wanted to paint great beauty which had imagery that provoked no reason for its existence other than the beauty of that moment. To do so, I had to search for a subject matter which offered no meaning other than the beauty of the object itself. I drove to the deserted landscape of the West and walked and explored the landscape for months.
In this vastness, I found profound changes in my thinking had occurred. While walking through that landscape, with each step that I took, I learned to feel more than I had to think. In this enormous and empty place I found the most where other minds see the least. My current work is the direct result of this realization."
Recipient - The Butler Institute of American Art Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Art, 2011
Presented to Gregory Strachov during the evening of May 15th 2011 at a gala event at the museum. Nineteen of his watercolor paintings were featured in the Davis Gallery of the Butler Institute of American Art. The Prestigious Medal is not given every year.
Periodically, outstanding members of the art community are selected to receive this honor. In the past, Thomas Hoving, John Singer Sargent, and Robert Rauschenberg are but a few distinguished artists who have earned this honor.