Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Reaching the Heart

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)

Reaching the Heart

2008

oil on glass

51 x 49.5 inches

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Kind of Invisible

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)

Kind of Invisible

2007

oil on glass

74.5 x 34.25 x 6.5 inches

Gregory Grenon

Unfamiliar

2005

oil on glass

32 x 31.5 inches

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Woman Observed

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)

Woman Observed

2011

oil on glass

44 x 34.75 x 3.75 inches

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Little Missy, 2000

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)

Little Missy

2000

oil on glass

37 x 22.125 inches

Gregory Grenon

Escape from the World Perhaps

1992

oil on glass

30 x 37 inches

Gregory Grenon

Have You Ever Looked in the Mirror?

1992

oil on glass

28.25 x 36.5 inches

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Mad Daughter, 2004

Gregory Grenon

Mad Daughter

2004

oil on glass

27.25 x 28.25 inches

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Unknown Girls, 2008

Gregory Grenon

Unknown Girls

2008

oil on glass

27.375 x 25.375 inches

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  Give Us Your Absence, 2011

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)

Give Us Your Absence

2011

oil on glass

17.5 x 37 inches framed

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)  And There Were Certain Teachers, 2006

Gregory Grenon (1948-2022)

And There Were Certain Teachers

2006

oil on glass

23.125 x 16.125

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Rites of Spring (Heiros Gamos), 2022

Mary Josephson

Rites of Spring (Heiros Gamos)

2022

oil on canvas

72 x 84 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Flora, 2022

Mary Josephson

Flora

2022

oil on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  The Green Man, 2022

Mary Josephson

The Green Man

2022

oil on canvas

60 x 48 inches

Mary Josephson  The Red Fan, 2014–2022

Mary Josephson

The Red Fan

2014–2022

glass mosaic on mirror

28.5 x 24.5 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Portrait of Home 3, 2021

Mary Josephson

Portrait of Home 3

2021

oil on canvas

31.5 x 41.5 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Portrait of Home 4, 2021

Mary Josephson

Portrait of Home 4

2021

oil on canvas

31.5 x 41.5 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Portrait of Home 5, 2021

Mary Josephson

Portrait of Home 5

2021

oil on canvas

41.5 x 31.5 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Portrait of Home 6, 2021

Mary Josephson

Portrait of Home 6

2021

oil on canvas

31.5 x 41.5 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Portrait of Aurora (from Self Portrait Restroom Esoterica - Studio 7/7/22), 2022

Mary Josephson

Portrait of Aurora (from Self Portrait Restroom Esoterica - Studio 7/7/22)

2022

oil on canvas

30.25 x 24.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson  Unforgettable Evening

Mary Josephson

Unforgettable Evening

2022

embroidery and glass beads on felt

16 x 14 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Something I Believe In, 2022

Mary Josephson

Something I Believe In

2022

watercolor and glass beads on felt

16 x 14 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Native Outsider, 2022

Mary Josephson

Native Outsider

2022

watercolor and glass beads on felt

16 x 14 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Venus, 2022

Mary Josephson

Venus

2022

glazed and painted ceramic tile

13.75 x 13.75 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Bacchus, 2022

Mary Josephson

Bacchus

2022

glazed and painted ceramic tile

13.75 x 13.75 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Diana, 2022

Mary Josephson

Diana

2022

glazed and painted ceramic tile

13.875 x 13.875 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Medusa, 2022

Mary Josephson

Medusa

2022

glazed and painted ceramic tile

13.75 x 13.75 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Home Free, 2022

Mary Josephson

Home Free

2022

oil on canvas

24.675 x 20.5 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Unaware, 2022

Mary Josephson

Unaware

2022

oil on panel

16 x 14 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  I Must Do This, Even If I Fail, 2021

Mary Josephson

I Must Do This, Even If I Fail

2021

oil on panel

16 x 14 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Taking Flight, 2021

Mary Josephson

Taking Flight

2021

oil on panel

16 x 14 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Loyalty, 2022

Mary Josephson

Loyalty

2022

oil on panel

11.5 x 9.5 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Bestiary One, 2022

Mary Josephson

Bestiary One

2022

ceramic tile

9.25 x 9.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Bestiary Two, 2022

Mary Josephson

Bestiary Two

2022

ceramic tile

9.25 x 9.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Bestiary Three, 2022

Mary Josephson

Bestiary Three

2022

ceramic tile

9.25 x 9.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Rushing River, 2022

Mary Josephson

Rushing River

2022

ceramic tile

9.25 x 9.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  The Lion's Garden, 2022

Mary Josephson

The Lion's Garden

2022

ceramic tile

9.25 x 9.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  The Fig Grove, 2022

Mary Josephson

The Fig Grove

2022

ceramic tile

9.25 x 9.25 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Self Doubt, 2022

Mary Josephson

Self Doubt

2022

oil on panel

11.5 x 9.5 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Advent, 2021

Mary Josephson

Advent

2021

oil on panel

8 x 6 inches

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  First Look, 2021

Mary Josephson

First Look

2021

oil on panel

8 x 6 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Wonder and Awe, 2021

Mary Josephson

Wonder and Awe

2021

oil on panel

8 x 6 inches framed

Mary Josephson (Born:1953)  Come I Will Show You, 2021

Mary Josephson

Come I Will Show You

2021

oil on panel

8 x 6 inches

Press Release

Opening Reception: September 1, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

 

For the month of September, Russo Lee Gallery presents Saints and Monsters, Monsters and Saints by Gregory Grenon (1948-2022) and Mary Josephson. Aside from a literal translation, the exhibition title is an apt description of the ricocheting emotional world from which inspiration is born.

 

Gregory and Mary's artwork was paramount from their first meeting and throughout their lives together. They interpreted the world through paint, with color a powerful tool and weapon. Painting the human form, particularly images of women, was a shared passion.

 

Gregory Grenon’s body of work for this exhibition is a cross-section of his varied ways of working over the span of his career. Grenon was well known for his work as a colorist, exploring the dynamic and expressive qualities of the people he painted. He loved women and made the study of women his life’s work. He recorded the truth he saw in the world, not the pretty and the proper.

 

Gregory Grenon grew up in Detroit where he studied at the Center for Creative Studies. After a stint in Chicago, where he furthered his printmaking skills at Landfall Press, he moved to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1970s. He has had one-person exhibitions throughout the region as well as in New York, Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art; Willamette University; the Portland Art Museum; the Seattle Art Museum; the Tacoma Art Museum; the Boise Art Museum; and the New York Public Library.

For this exhibition, Mary Josephson created a body of work influenced by living in Umbria, Italy with Gregory from early October 2021 to January 2022. While there, immersed in ancient history and culture, Josephson experienced a sense of wonder that permeated every aspect of daily life. Her paintings reflect a mix of mythological creatures, real monsters, Saints, and maidens. Many of the works also reflect Josephson’s recent thoughts about the nature of Home, both the sense one carries inside and the physical structure itself.

 

Mary Josephson studied in Paris, France, at the École National Superior des Beaux Arts before receiving a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has exhibited her work since 1983 including shows at the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Austin in Texas, and the Bellevue Art Museum, WA. Prominent collections include Safeco, Microsoft, Oregon State University, Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. Commissions include work for Southern Oregon University, the Tigard Public Library, OR, Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Portland Fire and Rescue in conjunction with RACC, OR, Oregon Food Bank, Multnomah County’s Juvenile Justice Center in Portland, OR, and the Arnold Rue Community Center, in Stockton, CA.