American by birth, Italian  by citizenship, Nordic by vocation, Tuscan by figurative experience, Gregory Blanche is a reserved painter with rare public appearances who, despite his young professional age, achieves a highly expressive quality. He began in his early twenties in an exhibition in Caprese Michelangelo and has often participated in group shows in Florence, where he lives and works. Trained at the Art Institute of San Francisco and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, he has received recognition, and even a critics’ prize in Bolgheri in 1996. But these appreciable credentials do not suffice to express the coherence of his pictorial discourse, sustained by a technical skill of high quality.

Gregory expresses himself in a variety of themes, but remains firm in style. At home in the company of established Tuscan artists of the likes of Riccardo Saldarelli, Walter Falconi and especially the magic Sergio Nardoni, Blanche has acquired valuable trade secrets while preserving intact his own inclinations which  nevertheless vary from the figure, in his paintings both realistic and theatrical, to landscapes, robust and sober, well-built and poetically both exacting and evocative, and finally to still lives. These are perhaps the highest point in his painting, embellished with radiance (Caravaggesque), and revealing lens-like perfection. They are detached, yet positively enchanting with an intimate Nordic atmosphere echoing in the nuances of light (his reverence to Jan Vermeer).

(translation from the Italian)

Pier Francesco Listri

Selected Exhibitions

2019

In Villa, Rosignano Solvay, Italy

2018

solo exhibition, Floritudine, September 6, 2018 – October 8, 2018, Sala delle Eroine, Palazzo Comunale, Pontassieve, Italy

2017

Per Claudio Carotenuto, Palazzo del Comune Vecchio, Cecina, Italy

2016

Collezione Carotenuto, Palazzo del Comune Vecchio, Cecina, Italy

Galleria La Saletta, Cecina Mare, Italy

Galleria Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy 

solo exhibition, Of Elvis, Van Gogh and Flowers, January 11 – February 26, 2016, SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy

2012

Gruppo Donatello, Florence, Italy

2010

Arthur T. Kalaher Fine Art, Southampton, NY

Galleria Via Larga, Florence, Italy

Chiantidee, Palazzo Consigliare, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy

Fuochi di Primavera, Gruppo Donatello, Florence, Italy

2009

solo exhibition, Un pittore americano di Toscana, Gruppo Donatello, Florence, Italy

Immagina Arte in Fiera, quartiere fieristica di Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Casa di Dante, Florence, Italy

2008

Sambuca, un ponte il suo fiume, giardini pubblici, Sambuca, Italy

2007

Gallerie Amsterdam, Carmel, CA

2006

Kertesz Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2004

Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997

Ken’s Art Gallery, Florence, Italy

1996

Arte 86, Florence, Italy

1995

Renzo Spagnoli Arte, Florence, Italy

La Stanza delle Maschere, Sala Comunale Topical, Montespertoli, Italy

1993

Formato Ridotto, Galleria Palazzo Vecchio 2, Florence, Italy

Il Vero – Non Vero, Studio Palazzi, Spoleto, Italy

1989

Arte, Scienza e Società, Museo Michelangiolesco, Caprese Michelangelo, Italy

Awards

1996

Premio della Critica, Concorso di Pittura Estemporanea, Bolgheri, Italy

Related experience

2000

translator/teaching assistant, Silvano Campeggi

1998

translator/teaching assistant, Roberto Innocenti

1989 – 1994

studio assistant, Sergio Nardoni

1989 – 1990

studio assistant, Walter Falconi

1989

studio assistant , Riccardo Saldarelli

Education

1986 – 1988 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

1986 – 1987 Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy

1984 – 1985 California College of the Arts, Oakland